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What AARP The Magazine is Looking for in a Personal Essay

Personal-Essay-Market-Personal essays allow writers to share some of the intimate details of their life with the world, and this can be a cathartic and rewarding experience. It can also be quite lucrative, if you pitch to the right pubs.

In Part I of our newly updated Personal Essay Markets series, we’ve compiled a diverse list of 15 markets that are eager for first-person material from freelancers. Editors from each pub told us exactly they’re looking for. Here’s a sneak peek:

AARP The Magazine
The crucial ingredient in essays for AARP is that they must offer fresh insight into an aspect of life after 50. Style and emotional heft are also important.
Length: 1,200-1,500 words
Pay: $2 a word
Assigning editors: Margaret Guroff or David Dudley, FirstInitialLastName@AARP.org
Guroff’s advice: ”Originality is key. Certain life events, such as caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, inspire many more great essays than we could ever hope to publish. We’re looking for the compelling reads and universal truths in unusual, extreme or common-but-little-discussed life experiences.”

To get similar info on publications like BUST, Elle and American Baby, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part I.

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