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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.

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Writing Outside the Mainstream

Writing Outside the MainstreamStarting September 18, build your freelance career in African-American, Latino, or LGBT publications! Using a combination of writing exercises and targeted research, you'll learn how to generate salable story ideas, write pitches, build relationships with editors, and position yourself as an authority in your market. Register now!