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What Babble.com Wants in a Personal Essay

PersonalEssaysIV-ArticleIn the fourth and final installment of our Personal Essay Markets series, we’re covering all things digital.

We spoke with editors from 15 online outlets to learn what they’re looking for in a personal essay. Here, a Babble.com editor shares her advice:

An online magazine for a new generation of parents, Babble runs personal essays related to various stages of child rearing (pregnancy, baby, toddler, preschooler, etc.). New writers should pitch their essay, or a fleshed-out outline, on spec. Please note that Babble only pays for pieces that have not been previously published, including on your own blog.
Length: 750-1,200
Pay: Varies; $100 for personal essays; $500+ for bigger pieces
Assigning editor: Jamie Menaker, JAMIE dot MENAKER at DISNEY dot COM
Editors’ advice: ”Since most content is produced in house, we’re very selective in choosing what to commission. We look for personal essays that add a unique perspective to Babble and that have not previously been covered on the site. We are also willing to pay more for parenting trend and service pieces that involve research and reporting.”

To hear from the editors of Salon, Narratively and more, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part IV.

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Get Your Personal Essay Published in Saveur

magazines_articleIn part three of our Personal Essay Markets series, we got the inside scoop from another 15 pubs on what editors are looking for in a personal essay.

With mags ranging from Psychology Today to Southwest Airlines’ Spirit, you’re sure to find at least one venue that appeals to you. Perhaps you have a food-related story? Here, a Saveur editor shares her pitching advice:

Saveur – “Memories” and “Essay”
Foodies will appreciate these personal essay columns that involve a truly remarkable story, however large or small the scale. “Memories” is a story told about the past. “Essay” is a personal perspective on food, dish, person or ingredient, but it’s a story that isn’t past tense.
Length: 1,000-2,000 words
Pay: $1 a word
Assigning editor: Betsy Andrews, BETSY dot ANDREWS at BONNIERCORP dot COM
Andrews’ advice: “It’s best to submit “Memories” pieces or “Essay” pieces on spec. If there are recipes we can get out of them, that’s great but not necessary. We have published many, many stories about writers’ immigrant grandmother and their food, so think outside the box in terms of subject matter.”

For pitching tips from other pubs, read: Personal Essay Markets: Part III.

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What The Boston Globe Magazine Wants From Your Personal Essay

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After the past success of our four-part series on Personal Essay Markets, we decided to bring it back this month. We have updates on a variety of pubs, all eager for first-person narratives from talented freelancers.

In Part I of the series, editors from 15 different markets broke down the details on what writers need to do to score a byline in their pub. Here’s an example:

The Boston Globe Magazine – “Connections”
A Boston connection is not necessary, but essays for this column must offer a fresh perspective on a personal relationship, whether with a romantic partner, friend, family member or even an interesting exchange with a stranger.
Length: 650 words
Pay: $500
Assigning editor: Veronica Chao, VERONICA dot CHAO at GLOBE dot COM
Chao’s advice: ”Please submit a completed draft rather than a pitch. Anonymous or pseudonymous bylines are not permitted at The Globe, nor is changing the names of people mentioned in the essay. Anyone you write about significantly in the essay must approve of your writing about him/her. We respond to an essay we want to publish within a month; we don’t respond to essays we won’t pursue.”

To find out what other mags, including Elle, AARP The Magazine and EatingWell, want, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part I.

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Tackle The Web With True-Life Tales

Who says your first-person essays have to be limited to print? We’re ending our four-part series on personal essays with a nod to the growing digital outlet, with 15 sites all eager to publish your piece.

Salon.com is hungry for unique stories only you can tell, while three parenting pubs want to read “click-y content” that’ll bring the laughs. You can even tweet “tiny truths” to CreativeNonfiction.org in 130 characters or less.

Find out more on word count and submission etiquette at Personal Essay Markets, Part IV [sub req'd]. And don’t forget to revisit our Parts I, II and III for advice on tackling the oldie-but-goodie print pubs.

The Personal Stories Editors Want to Publish

After talking with at least 60 editors for our four-part series on pitching personal essays, we’ve learned a lot about what they expect in a publishable story.

Paula Derrow from Self wants fresh and relatable while Whole Life Times’ Abigail Lewis puts extra emphasis on humor and a tie into their L.A. home. And for Shape, editor A.J. Hanley says it’s all about tone, tone, tone.

Our latest installment adds 15 more magazines that are gunning for a first-person narrative. Find out what these editors and others crave in the pitch in Personal Essay Markets, Part  III. [sub req'd]

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