Hindsight Creative Nonfiction

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Hindsight strives to highlight voices from all walks of life by publishing creative nonfiction in all its forms. We aim at nurturing a wide diversity in both our contributors and our content. Anything from poetry to memoir to comics is considered for our annual publication in the spring, all through blind review, and all creative nonfiction. With submissions open year round, authors and artists have the opportunity to be published in our print journal and growing online platform.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
University of Colorado Boulder
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Dr. Jay Ellis
Contact Title
Associate Teaching Professor
essays, nonfiction, poetry, art
Submissions Policy
Hindsight publishes creative nonfiction (in both prose and poetry, and is now open to creative nonfiction comics) in print and online. Open to anyone except for current teaching faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, we publish annual print issues of Hindsight each spring, and annual issues of "Hindsight Presents: Changing Skies: Writing Through the Climate Crisis" each fall. Writing submissions for our special Changing Skies issues must center on climate change. We also accept and publish art, most often as accompaniment to the writing (we're a literary journal first). Hindsight Online publishes both online-only content and republishes all our print issues as .pdf's. We use Submittable and obtain FNASR and republishing rights unless contributors revoke those after publication. Submissions guidelines can be found on our website.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
01 - 12 weeks
Author Payments
none, copies
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
$University of Colorado Boulder Program for Writing and Rhetoric
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
8.5" - 11"
Average Number Of Pages
Dr. Jay Ellis
Associate Teaching Professor; Faculty Advisor for Hindsight
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I helped a WRTG 2020 creative nonfiction class publish their work in 2013. From our next issue through our tenth, we were Journal Twenty Twenty (CU-only). In 2021 we became Hindsight and in 2022 added Hindsight Presents: Changing Skies--open to all.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Undergraduates in a Publishing Practicum or taking lower or upper-division Internships, as well as volunteers and occasional graduate students. Most come from a variety of majors--from Anthropology to Neurology to a few Writing majors. I teach all.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
The usual: keep it short, mention no more than three previous publications (unpublished is fine), and read our instructions carefully. Definitely read back-issues, and only send creative nonfiction.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
First reads are blind. Experienced editors and advisors read behind before rejection, and to ensure we publish a few writers from CU Boulder but the majority from writers globally, with no CU affiliation.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Strong writing with evident knowledge of the many sub-genres of creative nonfiction--not only memoir. In poetry, we should see you know why you're lineating if you're not using an existing form, and poetry also must be nonfiction. We need more humor.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read our previous issues. We began because our undergrad writing (with respect to MFA programs) surpassed that of most other literary magazines (Volume I, Issue 1 is online as evidence). Then feel free to send us something new to us that still fits.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We're proud to practice blind review and have done so from our second issue on. But the writing in our very first issue in 2013 continues to amaze me--that one class produced enough good work unedited by me (students edit each other) for a journal.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
You. But also those unlikely to read literary journals. Our beautiful design invites anyone to turn perhaps to an arresting color spread with only a couple of paragraphs taking their time, and then fall into strong writing they can't put down.