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The Times Wants Your Personal Essays

If the first 15 outlets weren’t enough, here are the next batch of titles hungry for your honest stories, including the Gray Lady — where everyone has an equal shot at this “human relationships” column.

But don’t rip out those diary pages just yet. Editors shared the nitty-gritty details on what they want to see in a pitch. While they varied on topics from parenting to food, they all require a clean, tight copy set to their own preferences.

Double-check the word count limit to Ladies’ Home Journal, confirm what Saveur always runs their essays with, and find out what the Times receive “far too many essays” on in Personal Essay Markets, Part II [sub req'd].

We’ll finish off our list with Part III, and stay tuned for an updated guide to digital outlets in our final Part IV.

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