We want to read your CNF pieces that are between 1500 & 3000 words in length. We want to travel to the wildernesses you’ve escaped to and be brought back from the edge of the forest. Tell us us your mistakes and what you’ve learned. We want to hear what hurts and heals, what was left unfinished, what was walked away from, and what was impossible to traverse. We love pieces that leave us wondrous and unsettled, refreshed, and slightly afraid. Experimental pieces are welcomed.


Hurston wrote, “I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” In this spirit, Longleaf Review is interested in crisp CNF pieces that are sharp and crack open like a shucked oyster. Work that bursts wide open but can be “held in the palm of your hand” in 500 words or less dazzle us. Stun us with what’s fresh. Give us your raw.