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Publish your Personal Story

You poured your heart out in a personal essay. Now what?

Find a home for your first-person material with help from our latest guide. We’ve updated our list of the top markets for personal essays in Personal Essay Markets, Part I [sub req'd].

Scroll through details on word count, submission etiquette and insider tips from editors themselves from 15 different pubs like AARP and Elle.

We’ve got more outlets coming in Part II and III, along with an updated guide to digital outlets in Part IV. In the meantime, hone those drafts with these personal essay workshops with published essayists, authors and the articles director at Self.

Mediabistro Course

Personal Essay Writing

Personal Essay WritingStarting October 28, work with a published journalist to draft, edit, and sell your first-person essays! Jessica Olien will help you to workshop your writing so that it's ready to pitch to editors. You'll learn how to tell your personal story, self-edit you work to assess voice, style, and tone, and sell your essays for publication. Register now!