Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Non-fiction

Brevity is a “journal of concise literary non-fiction.” It publishes literary essays of 750 words or less. If any of you’ve paid any attention to The Unliterate Review, you know that I am a big fan of strict word limits.

Here is a one of my favorite essays from Brevity by Tim Elhajj, titled “I Am.” It’s a meditation about his surname and revelations about his heritage. Here’s an excerpt:

“Dad’s idea was to keep his head down, to be more American than his immigrant father. A fine example of a pilgrimage hardly worth your time to perform. If Dad were alive, I might warn him: Be who you are!

And he might respond: I am!”

Brevity also has an interesting blog. Check it out.

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