NonFiction

Welcome to Forth’s NonFiction area. Positioned as its own online nonfiction magazine, this area of Forth presents a variety of unique, exclusively published pieces of nonfiction writing by established and up-and-coming creative writers.  Enjoy!


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Besieged City: Non-Fiction by Zita Bai

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The setting sun has buried itself underneath burning earth of 1915’s Beiping and leaves a trace of redness in the sky. The yellow dust rolls on, across what was once called The Grand Mansion Gate. The Bai Family was considered the center of the private security system in Northern China, which is now surrounded by…

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Yayusa: Non-Fiction by Robert Joe Stout

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As the bus approaches Yayusa, huegoe trees and ocote pines permit a glimpse of tiled roofs. Sparrows and wrens flit through waist-high roadside growth. Beyond what seems to be an arroyo, small rectangular plots of corn intrude into the forest that rises steeply above them. The road itself road is rocky, rutted; at intervals, the…

Welcome to the new West Coast standard for nonfiction creative writing—the place where you'll find the next Nora Ephron, the next Joan Didion, the next David Sedaris, and plenty of others who aren't the next anything except for the future of personal essay and memoir. It has been said that the nonfiction writer must carefully remember that which occurred, and then commit it to the page with as much adherence to the truth as possible. But here at FORTH, we don't care about facts. The writer’s memory is fallible and the pursuit of straight truth is never as interesting as the pursuit of inner truth. As modern readers, we look for a sharp, distinctive voice to shine through a writer's nonfiction, making us laugh and shudder and relate; and we get a kick out of a writer's shrewd use of his or her creative license. Non fiction writing is sometimes painfully accurate, sometimes partly fictional, but always reflects a spirit of authenticity. And even the best literary journals online can't offer what you'll find here on FORTH―a collection of Los Angeles-curated nonfiction writing that portrays the lives of emerging and established writers in a raw and exciting short format. All of our nonfiction pieces are selected and edited in L.A., then published for the world at large. Online literary magazines have a new nonfiction beast on the block. Have you got a story? Submit to nonfiction@forthmagazine.com

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