The Big Roundtable publishes narrative nonfiction and connects passionate nonfiction writers with readers who will support their work. We do this through experimental methods of gathering, selecting, editing, and distributing ambitious narrative stories, and, eventually, researching the reading and sharing behavior around those stories.
The inspiration for The Big Roundtable came from the Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York City writers who called themselves “The Vicious Circle” and who’d meet at the Algonquin Hotel in the early 20th century. They were vicious; we are not.
WHAT IS A SKETCH?
The difference between a sketch and a longform piece is the length and depth of development and reporting. Think of a slice rather than a whole pie. In other words, a sketch is a simpler but interesting story, wth a beginning, middle, and end, while a longform piece is a more complex arrangement and exploration.
HOW ARE WRITERS PAID?
Writers are paid by donation. Every published longform writer is guaranteed to walk away with a minimum of $100. Several of our authors have made a several thousand dollars in reader donations. We've recently added a membership program and we're working to ensure our writers make more in the future.
Submit your full, unpublished manuscript. We publish "sketches" (defined above; no more than 2,000 words) and longer form pieces (generally between 5,000 and 30,000 words).
Nota bene: All stories must be 100% true. This is journalism.