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River Teeth is a biannual journal combining the best of creative nonfiction, including narrative reportage, essays and memoir, with critical essays that examine the emerging genre and that explore the impact of nonfiction narrative on the lives of its writers, subjects, and readers.


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Gretel Ehrlich to Judge 2017 Book Contest

Acclaimed nonfiction writer Gretel Ehrlich will judge our 2017 book contest. Submissions open July 1 and close October 15. ...more

River Teeth 2014 Book Contest Winner Receives 2017 PEN Literary Award

In 2014, Angela Morales and her essay collection The Girls in My Town was selected by bestselling author and final judge Cheryl Strayed for the River Teeth Nonfiction Book Award. The collection published by University New Mexico Press in 2016, has now received the 2017 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for Art of the Essay as well. This prestigious award was presented at a live awards ceremony on March 27, 2017. ...more

Announcing the Winner of the 2016 River Teeth Book Contest

Congratulations to Sarah Viren, the winner of this year's River Teeth book contest. Her collection of linked essays entitled "Mine" was picked by our final judge Andre Dubus III....more

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August 21, 2017

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