Ends on December 31, 2018

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.

Original works of narrative nonfiction of between 3,500 and 20,000 words. By narrative we mean a story with a beginning, middle and end - though not necessarily told in that order -- propelled by a simple question: What happened next? We publish stories that are grounded in reporting. The reporting should be the engine that drives the narrative. Even if you have a memoir we are looking for stories in which an author's curiosity compelled him or her to find our more, to research and report and challenge those memories.

Please note: we are no longer accepting shorter "sketch" pieces.

The work cannot have been published elsewhere.
 If you have submitted the story to other publications please let us know.


Writers are paid by reader donations. 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.

Nota bene: All stories must be 100% true. This is journalism.