November 1, 2019 — Welcome to CNF Maryland Voices, the new and definitive home for the voices of Maryland high school creative nonfiction writers.
Although this is a new site, we are not new to sharing the true stories of Maryland’s teens. We started out as The 9/11 Project a few days after the attacks against America on September 11, 2001. in the year that followed that horrible day, we collected the reactions and reflections from Maryland residents of all ages across the state. In September 2002, we published September Eleven: Maryland Voices (published by the Baltimore Writers Alliance).
The following year, we narrowed the focus of Maryland Voices to teen writing, and we published our first volume (32 pages) of creative nonfiction, created entirely by students. For the next 7 years, our student-run publication grew to a formidable journal, selecting the best 50 pieces of creative nonfiction by high school writers around the state. At our peak, we were receiving over 300 submissions for each volume.
In 2009, we suffered a sharp decrease in student editors and published our last issue of Maryland Voices. Since then, we have attempted to revive interest in the publication. Today, I am happy to announce that we now have the support from other teachers and young writers/designers to revive this publication.
Volume X, an eMagazine, will be published in December 2019.
We are now accepting submissions statewide for Volume XI, which will be published in print form in May 2020.
We look forward to sharing more information about CNF Maryland Voices. We will be providing materials for teachers and student writers, and we hope to have our first writing conference next fall.
Thanks for your interest in writing and teaching creative nonfiction. We are here to support you in sharing the authentic stories that matter the most to you.
For more information about the genre of creative nonfiction, please check out this informative site at creativenonfiction.org.
If you have questions about CNF Maryland Voices, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.