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How To Get Your Personal Essay Published

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The personal essay is enjoying a surge of popularity. We share more personal information online than ever before, whether it’s on social media, blogs or even national publications.

Personal essays force you to observe your life from a different perspective, to get inspired from your own experiences and to be brave and share controversial opinions. But first, you need to get your work published:

Unless you already have a relationship with an editor or publication, you need to write your essay before sending it out — rather than selling it as an idea in a pitch letter. Carinn Jade, blogger at Welcome To The Motherhood, prefers to have a particular market in mind when she’s crafting her essays. “It’s really about knowing the periodical or site, knowing their voice and point of view and tailoring [your piece] to fit with their content.” She recommends reading profusely, finding publications that speak to you and trying to join that community instead of doing a broad search for markets.

For more tips on writing personal essays, read: Your Life in 1,000 Words: The Craft Of Personal Essays.

– Aneya Fernando

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15 Online Pubs to Pitch Your Personal Essay

 The first, second and third installments of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets highlighted 45 pitchable pubs for first-person stories. Today, we bring you online outlets for the final piece.

E-zines that highlight everything from food and culture to environmental news are taking pitches, so check out the requirements for some inspiration. Who knows? Maybe you can make some extra cash by turning an I-can’t-believe-that-happened-t0-me experience into an essay.

For more, read Personal Essay Markets, Part IV. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

15 Online Pubs to Pitch Your Personal Essay

 The first, second and third installments of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets highlighted 45 pitchable pubs for first-person stories. Today, we bring you online outlets for the final piece.

E-zines that highlight everything from food and culture to environmental news are taking pitches, so check out the requirements for some inspiration. Who knows? Maybe you can make some extra cash by turning an I-can’t-believe-that-happened-t0-me experience into an essay.

For more, read Personal Essay Markets, Part IV. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

More Pubs to Pitch A Personal Essay

This week brings the third part of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets. The first and second installments highlighted 30 pitchable personal essay markets, and the latest installment brings you 15 more.

Some of the featured outlets offer up to $2 a word for your first-person piece, so whether your reflecting on running for Runner’s World or on the art of writing for The Writer, our guide can help you find the right pub for your musings.

Read more at Personal Essay Markets, Part III. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

See Your Byline in the LA Times

Last week, we brought you Part I of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets. This week brings Part II, which outlines more venues that love printing this unique and accessible style of writing. Included among them are tips on how to submit to The Los Angeles Times‘ first-person column.

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.

For more, read Personal Essay Markets Pt. II. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

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]

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]

Pitch Your “Parental Confessions” to Babble.com

An honest, unglamorous portrayal of parenthood is rare in parenting glossies, but that is exactly what Babble.com is looking for in its pitches.

Dedicated to telling “the truth about parenting,” Babble wants stories that are real, no matter how good, bad or messy.  So, cut the cute and stick to the truth when pitching.

If you’re an unknown freelancer, the personal essay is your best shot at getting published, said Jack Murnighan, director of analytics and content strategy. Aim for 750- to 1,200-word “interesting first-person stories coming from the trenches of parenthood.”

For contact info, plus details on pay rate and lead time, read How To Pitch: Babble.com. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett