I am currently working on a story. I would like to publish this on a literary magazine website, and this website has only three categories - fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
My story is probably not poetry, even though I do pay attention to form and word choice and extreme personification.
My story is not really fiction, because the narrator is me, and all the characters are based on real people, and the experiences are real experiences. I just change the names to protect my privacy. The narrator's name in the story is also the author's pen name.
That leaves only non-fiction. But non-fiction doesn't seem to fit either. The exact course of events in the story has never really happened in my personal life, but each piece does come from my personal life. The other characters are based on real people, but I don't have a tape recorder with me all the time, so much of the dialogue is based on what I think/remember what the people said at one time. And the extreme personification and attention to form make the entire work sound like free verse poetry. In the story, I personify a concept. Also in the story, I intentionally break a sentence's flow for the sake of form.
I don't know where mine fits.