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Your Guide to Publishing Personal Essays

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Personal essay writing is all the rage right now. Every major publication online seems to have a “Life” or “Relationships” section. Some sites are entirely dedicated to narrative, first person stories (I’m looking at you, xoJane.com).

Writing about your own experiences can be a valuable exercise in turning observations into something meaningful. But everyone knows that sharing anything personal (let alone controversial) on the Internet can result in some ugly feedback:

If you publish your essay online, especially in a vociferous blogging community, be prepared for anything. I have been called irresponsible, a bully, mean-spirited, lazy and more. I have also been praised for my candor, my writing style and my sense of humor. Any time you publish your work, you open yourself up to criticism, but with the personal essay, criticism can cut deeper because it’s in response to your personal life. Learning how to cope with negative feedback is a constant practice, says Carinn Jade, blogger at Welcome To Motherhood. “I think 97 percent of my comments have been negative. If I’ve written a piece that’s a real trigger for me, I’ll really try not to read the comments.”

To get more tips on writing a great personal essay, read: You 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]

Washingtonian Wants Your First Person Stories

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 D.C. for Washingtonian, our guide can help you find the right pub for your musings.

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

More Outlets for Your Personal Essays

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. Essays dealing with everything from love and relationships to gardening and knitting can find a home at the right pub.

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]