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Find a Home For Your Personal Essay

“What is most personal is also the most universal,” said the Dutch writer Henri Nouwen. Perhaps that’s why such content is in demand by readers and editors alike.

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.

Read the full article in Personal Essay Markets, Part I. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

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