Writing true confessions

By | July 25, 2007

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In the category of “writing gigs that are tough to explain at parties”, Michael Bracken has an essay about writing for “true confession” magazines at the Science Fiction Writers of America site.

A true confession is a short story that’s based on an actual event: writers must sign a release attesting to the veracity of their story. The author writes as the person making the “confession”. (The stories aren’t necessarily as spicy as the name suggests. Their contents remind me of print versions of shows on the Lifetime channel.)

I’d thought that these types of magazines were long gone, but searching for the titles that Bracken mentions on Magazines of America turns up quite a few.

Thanks, Jaq!