NANO Fiction vs. IRS

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NANO Fiction, the bi-annual publication of flash-fiction/micro essay/ prose poems, was denied nonprofit 501(c)(3) status because the IRS deemed the journal pornography.

Three months prior to their nonprofit application, they published an issue featuring the photography of Traci Matlock and Ashley Maclean, which is definitively not porn, but did include sexual themes. Now they have to reapply which is a costly enterprise in it of itself ($800), especially since the journal was applying to attain some financial sustainability in the first place. This may leave you wondering, “The IRS being ‘willfully obtuse’? Who ever heard of such a thing?”

(Though now there’s an update from NANO Fiction president saying that this whole thing may be a misconception.)

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