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Get Your Personal Essay Published on Salon.com

PersonalEssaysIV-ArticleIn Part I, Part II and Part III of our Personal Essay Markets series, we covered 45 different print pubs all eager for your true stories. In the fourth and final installment of the series, we’re focusing on digital outlets.

We spoke with editors from 15 different online-only pubs, including Babble.com and Narratively, to find out what they’re looking for in a personal essay. Here, a Salon.com editor shares her advice:

Salon essays can be on any subject matter, but hot topics are families/parenting, sex and relationships, personal finance, body image, and pop culture.
Length: Varies, but roughly 1,500 words
Pay: $100 and up
Assigning editor: Sarah Hepola, SHEPOLA at SALON dot COM
Hepola’s advice: ”We’re looking for extraordinarily true life tales. I always ask writers to think of a story that only they can tell.”

To hear from the editors of outlets like Aeon Magazine and The Rumpus, read: Personal Essay Markets,Part IV.

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The 7 Biggest Mistakes Personal Essay Writers Make

As an official judge for the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Joel Schwartzberg has seen his share of cringe-worthy essays. And, in his latest piece for mediabistro.com AvantGuild members, he says there were a few glaring errors that kept them from being potentially powerful stories.

“People tend to write personal essays in which they’re either the hero or the villain, but most of us are squarely in the middle, which creates an opportunity for a narrative as unexpected as real life,” said Salon.com personal essays editor Sarah Hepola. “I love it when a writer says, ‘I thought you were the one to blame, but actually, now that I think about it, maybe I am.’”

Get more tips from Hepola and other writing pros in The 7 Biggest Mistakes Personal Essay Writers Make.