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In personal essays, writers use material from their own lives and share it in a way that offers insight to the individual emotional experience. Usually submitted in advance (although check each publication's preferences), personal essays come in the long form, the short form and every length in between.
In this update to one of our most popular series, we've gathered some of the top markets and listed them, including details on pay, word count, submission etiquette and insider tips from the editors themselves. We'll cover even more markets in Part II and Part III, and will present an updated guide to digital outlets in Part IV.