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Personal Essay Markets, Part II

Give your individual story a universal angle to get published in one of these 15 outlets.

By Jenny Rough - May 11, 2015
Part I of this feature listed 15 personal essay markets. Now we're bringing you more venues that love printing this distinct and accessible style of writing. We spoke with editors at pubs that focus on everything from sex and parenting to what those with a green thumb experience from the human, rather than how-to, side of gardening. So get those great ideas ready and be sure to come back for our final installment of the print markets in Part III, as well as our digital guide in Part IV.

16. Elle
Elle uses personal narrative as a way to explore the gray area of hot-button issues, from health to culture, so timeless "chestnut" topics probably won't get ink. An example of a past piece explored how one woman crossed the line from Facebook friends to a full-blown affair.
Length: 2,000 words
Pay: $2 a word
Assigning editors: Rachel Baker, RACHELBAKER at HEARST dot COM; or Ben Dickinson, BDICKINSON at HEARST dot COM
Dickinson's advice: "They're called personal essays for a reason, so please be as open as possible in your manuscript." Elle editors say they hate getting submissions that read as if the writer is holding back.


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