Stories do not write themselves, much as writers may modestly insist they do. Stories exist because writers need to tell them—a need so deep that they will endure false starts, woeful sentences, dead-end paragraphs, two-dimensional characters, flabby prose, wrong turns, and shaky narratives. In short, they will risk all the things that, taken together, comprise the writer’s greatest fear: failure. Specifically, failing to tell the story they need to tell.
Still, they persist. If the best fiction is propelled by imagination, we believe that the best narrative nonfiction is propelled by the relentless and often-lonely business of finding out things that are often maddeningly difficult to find. In a word: reporting. Nonfiction storytelling can be as compelling, riveting, and transporting as fiction—so long as you come back, as they say, with the goods.
The Delacorte Review‘s is discovery, and it comes in two parts: First, for our readers to discover new, original works of ambitious narrative nonfiction, often by writers they are reading for the first time. And second: allowing our readers to discover how those stories came to be told. And why a writer needed to tell it.
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Editor: Mike Hoyt
Senior Editor: Cissi Falligant
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The Delacorte Review appears three times a year and is published in cooperation with the Columbia Journalism School and The Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism.
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Note: Before there was The Delacorte Review there was The Big Roundtable, which between 2013 and 2018 published works of ambitious narrative nonfiction, many of which can be found on our Archive page.