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Publish Your Personal Essay: 22 Magazines and Websites
by Farrah Daniel | Sep 11, 2023
Writing is a solitary act, but the importance of sharing your work can’t be overlooked. A personal essay can endear you to an audience, bring attention to an issue or simply provide comfort to a reader who’s “been there.”
Journalists might find it difficult to steer away from research rituals to talk about themselves, but think of it this way:
“Writing nonfiction is not about telling your story. It’s about telling interesting and worthy stories about the human condition using examples from your life.” Ashley C. Ford, an essayist who emphasized the importance of creating a clear connection between your personal experience and universal topics
When writing personal essays, imagine you’re writing through yourself, instead of about yourself—worry less about writing something that seems thrilling or heart-wrenching, and more about your truth and human experience. Believe it or not, someone out there needs your story more than you know. “It’s worth it to write what’s real,” says Ford.
Plus, there’s a bonus: You can get paid to publish your personal essay
Table of contents, where to submit your personal essays.
Once you’ve read other personal narrative examples and penned your essay, which publications should you contact? Where should you try to sell that personal essay?
“You might be tempted to focus only on magazines, but there are some great websites that run essays.” Amy Paturel, who has taught an online personal essay writing course for a decade. To help her students get published, she compiled a list of 130+ editors who accept (and pay for!) personal stories
We’ve all heard of The New York Times’ personal essay column— submit to Modern Love is probably already on your to-do list—but there are many other publications that publish personal essays.
To help you find the right fit, we’ve compiled a list of 22 publications that will consider your personal narrative essay, as well as tips on how to pitch the editor, who to contact and, whenever possible, how much the outlet pays.
Here are 22 places to submit your personal essay.
1. Boston Globe
The Boston Globe Magazine Connections section seeks 650-word first-person essays on relationships of any kind. It pays, though how much is unclear. Submit to [email protected] with “query” in the subject line.
You can also submit to Boston Globe Ideas , which accepts pitches and submissions for first-person essays ranging from 650 to 1,000 words. All pitches and submissions should be sent to [email protected] .
Must-read personal essay: “ Voyages of Imagination ” by Peter Schmidt, or “ The Gift of Anger and Brokenheartedness ” by Greg M. Epstein
2. Extra Crispy
Send your pitches about breakfast, brunch, or the culture of mornings to [email protected] or the editor of the section you’re pitching. Average pay hovers at about 46 cents per word .
Must-read personal essay: Gina Vaynshteyn’s “ When Dumplings Are Resistance ”
3. Dame Magazine
“For women who know better. Smart, fast-paced news and opinions on what matters most in our lives — That’s DAME .”
If you’re up for the challenge, send your pitch to [email protected] . Aimed at women in their 30s, the publication covers politics, race, civil rights, disability, class, gender, sex, reproductive rights, LGBTQ issues and much more. Rates are based on type of features, but they typically pay $200 for essays.
Must-read personal essay: “ I Wanted Joan Didion’s Heart to Be Messy” by Lauren Sandler
4. The Christian Science Monitor
Have an upbeat personal essay between 400 and 800 words on everyday life, like travel, parenting, home, family, gardening, neighborhood, or community?
Submit to The Christian Science Monitor’s Home Forum . Send your completed essays to [email protected] . They accept essays on a wide variety of subjects (and encourage timely, newsy topics), but steer clear of topics like death, aging and disease.
Must-read personal essay: “ Two Crises, Two Gardens ” by Perdita Buchan
Want to write for this Jewish parenting site? To submit , email [email protected] with “submission” somewhere in the subject line. Include a brief bio, contact information, and your complete original blog post—you can either attach it as a Word document or paste it into the body of the email. Suggested word count: 500-800. Per a well-loved private Facebook group for freelance writers, pay is about $50.
Must-read personal essay: Faith Gabby-Kalson’s “ I’m a Black and Jewish Woman. My Identity Matters. ”
6. The Sun Magazine
Publications in The Sun Magazine have won Pushcart Prizes and been selected for Best American Essays—so if your story gets chosen, you’ll be in good company. And since the editors “tend to favor personal writing,” that I-driven nonfiction essay might just be the perfect fit. (Fiction and poetry are also accepted.)
Pay ranges from $300 all the way up to $2,000 for accepted personal stories and fiction prose. The easiest way to send your story is online through Submittable, but check the guidelines first before submitting.
Must-read personal essay: “The Ramshackle Garden Of Affection” by Ross Gay and Noah Davis (Editor’s note: The Sun puts its stories behind a paywall, which is why they can afford to pay their writers so well!)
7. New Statesman
This U.K. magazine has a helpful contributor’s guide that explains, among many other things, what they’re looking for: Great writing and original reporting that explains and analyses the world today. Unsolicited submissions, while rarely accepted, are paid; if an editor likes your pitch, you’ll hear back in 24 hours. Email [email protected] to get started.
Must-read personal essay: “ Personal Story: How to Lose Your Head ” by Emily Bottle
8. The New York Times
The popular Modern Love feature accepts submissions of 1,500 to 1,700 words at [email protected] . Include a Word attachment, but also paste the text into your message. Consult the Times’ page on pitching first (and note that submissions during July and August aren’t considered!), and “like” Modern Love on Facebook for even more insight. Payment is $300, The New York Times writes on its Facebook page .
This column is famous for helping writers get book or even film contracts. One example is Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose essay, “ You May Want to Marry My Husband ” ran in 2017 and prompted a lucrative film rights bidding war ultimately won by Universal Pictures.
Want to up your chances of getting your submission selected? Check out these Modern Love Column submission tips .
Must-read personal essay: “ Relationships Move Fast on a Slow Cargo Ship ” by Dev Aujla
9. Creative Nonfiction Magazine
One unique aspect to Creative Nonfiction Magazine is their high acceptance rate of unsolicited pitches. It’s a great stop for blossoming writers, as well as those with more experience.
To submit online , a $3 reading fee is charged to non-subscribers (and the magazine no longer accepts paper submissions). The fee ensures you will be paid if your work is accepted, which typically adds up to a $125 flat rate plus $10 per printed page. Plus, they often run essay contests with prizes ranging from $1,000-$10,000 per winning entry, and reading fees help offset that expense. Read over their submission calls before pitching since each issue sticks to a theme and may have different guidelines.
Must-read personal essay: “ The Dark Month ” by Christopher Collins
“Slate,” according to its own submission guidelines , “is known for making smart, witty, persuasive statements.” So if you’ve got something to say, email your pitch (not a vague, one- or two-sentence pitch either) to the appropriate section editor, which are all listed for you on the submission guidelines page.
Send personal essays to [email protected] . Average reported pay is about 24 cents per word .
Must-read personal essay: Andrea Silenzi’s “ My Decade in Online Dating ”
Each print issue has a specific cultural theme and welcomes both fiction and nonfiction—and even poetry! Stories and essays of 5,000 words max earn up to $400. Review periods are limited, so check their submission guidelines to make sure your work will be read with the next issue in mind. The easiest way to send in your work is through Submittable .
Must-read personal essay: “ Fire Island ,” by Christopher Locke
Motherwell is a publication that aims to tell all sides of the parenting story. They seek evocative parenting-related personal essay submissions of up to 1,200 words, and all contributors are paid.
Submit a full piece online via Submittable ; for time-sensitive pieces, send an email to [email protected] with the word “timely” in all caps in the subject line..
Must-read personal essay: “ The Irrational Hope of An Infertile Woman ” by Amy Gallo Ryan
13. The Bold Italic
This publication focuses on California’s Bay Area, and it’s deeply interested in the people who keep San Francisco going. Strong POV and a compelling personal writing style are key. Typical pay is $50 per article , though higher rates can be negotiated for “complex” pieces.
Send your personal essays that will make these editors weep, cry, laugh or want to eat a burrito to [email protected] with the subject line “Pitch: [Name], [Article Title].”
Must-read personal essay: “ How I Came to Respect Chinese Food—and My Heritage ” by Eric He
Submit essays about health, mental health, relationships, and identity to the appropriate editor at this lifestyle site geared toward women.
For lifestyle pitches, email [email protected] ; for fashion and beauty pitches, email fa [email protected] ; for entertainment pitches, email [email protected] . And note that the editors only want pitches, not full drafts. Pay averages about 12 cents per word .
Must-read personal essay: “ How My Chronic Eczema Tore Down & Built Up My Self-Esteem ” by Tori Zhou
15. The Rumpus
Focuses on essays that “intersect culture.” Submit finished essays online in the category that fits best, but wait at least three months before following up.
Payment is lean , but possible: Eligible contributors can opt in to receive an even share of the $300 budget the publication sets aside monthly.
Note the regular reading periods for essays: September 1 through October 31, January 1 through February 28, and June 1 through July 31. Timely essays can be sent to [email protected] ; all other essays should be sent through Submittable during open reading periods.
Must-read personal essay: “ Dancing Separate, Together ” by Russel Janzen
16. The Penny Hoarder
This personal-finance website welcomes submissions that discuss ways to make or save money. Read the guidelines before emailing your submission to learn what kind of stories they typically look for—human interest stories, success stories and unique job ideas, or your stories of eating, traveling and doing life on a budget. Articles should be between 700-900 words, and an editor will discuss payment with you if your pitch is accepted.
Must-read personal essay: “ How This Woman Bought Her Dream Home While Making Less Than $60K ” by Jen Smith
17. Vox’s First Person
The First Person section of Vox.com publishes personal essays “with unique perspectives on complicated issues.” Submit pitches or completed drafts to [email protected] .
They are open to a variety of topics, but claim past success with pieces on parenting, relationships, money, identity, mental health, and job/workplace issues—“but we’re always looking for new topics to cover, so if you have a pitch that doesn’t fall into any of these categories, don’t let that stop you from sending it along.” Pay varies.
Must-read personal essay: “ Black Kids Are Watching This Moment. What Will It Teach Them? ” by Kelly Glass
Narratively accepts pitches and complete pieces that tell “original and untold human stories.” In your story, there should be a “clear narrative arc that shows you developing a new or different perspective by the end of the piece.” Submit online in the category that most closely fits your essay, which should be between 1,500 and 4,000 words. Pay averages 9 cents per word .
Must-read personal essay: “ My Father, the QAnon Conspiracy Theorist ” by Reed Ryley Grable
19. Mask Magazine
Mask Magazine is an “experimental publication in the age of late capitalist world-weariness and discontent.” The story you pitch and submit should be expressive and about an experience, adventure, or tribulation that you learned from, and you don’t have to worry about restricting your creativity to a word count. For pitching, they only accept full submissions—feel free to send a pitch, but you won’t get the greenlight until editors see an early or complete first draft. Pay is between $50 and $200.
Must-read personal essay : “ Fevered Reading ” by Ryan Richardson
20. The Smart Set
A journal of arts and culture, The Smart Set accepts submissions and pitches on a rolling basis. Pitch your personal essay of 1500 and 3500 words to [email protected] — don’t forget to format your submission as a Word document with Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced. The last reported rate for The Smart Set was 20 cents per word .
Must-read personal essay : “ White Chapel ” by Eric Bryan
21. PULP Magazine
Before you pitch this magazine , ask yourself: How does this relate to sex or one’s personal/societal perception of sexuality and/or reproductive rights? A “multimedia sex, sexuality, and reproductive rights publication celebrating this human coil hurtling through time and space,” PULP only accepts fully written pieces via Submittable , and they pay $250 for original content. Heads up: Because they’re a small pub that wants to pay their writers, there’s a $3 reading fee to submit your work. If you can’t swing the cost, let them know ( [email protected] and k [email protected] ) and they’ll work something out with you.
Must-read personal essay : “ Not a “Real” Survivor: The Price Of Opinions In The Anti-Trafficking Movement ” by Laura LeMoon
22. The Virginia Quarterly Review
The VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find, whether it be from accomplished and award-winning authors or emerging writers. They’re looking for essay submissions that “look out on the world, rather than within the self,” between 3,500–9,000 words. The pay for prose is generally 25 cents per word, depending on length, and they only accept submissions via Submittable . Note that they read unsolicited fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions from July 1 to 31.
Must-read personal essay : Hananah Zaheer’s “ After the Old City ”
A final word of advice on where to publish personal essays
Find yourself sending pitch after pitch only to never get published? Make sure you’re not making one of these mistakes with your essay .
“Submit to the places you love that publish work like yours,” essayist Ford advises, but don’t get caught up in the size of the publication. And “ recognize that at small publications you’re way more likely to find someone with the time to really help you edit a piece. ”
The original version of this story was written by Lisa Rowan . We updated the post so it’s more useful for our readers.
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5 places to submit your personal essays
The best stories often come from real-life experiences. If you enjoy writing personal essays, consider submitting your work to one of the publications on this list. (Fiction writers and poets, there are some gems for you here too.) All the journals on our list are currently open for submissions and none charge fees.
Note: We are a creative writing school and compile these lists for the benefit of our students. Please don’t send us your publishing queries or submissions :). Click on the links to go to the publication’s website and look for their submissions page.
Adelaide Literary Magazine accepts personal essays and narrative nonfiction (up to 5,000 words) written in English and Portuguese. You can also submit short stories (up to 5,000 words) and poetry (up to 5 pieces per submission). They publish online once per month and generally respond within two months.
bioStories focuses exclusively on personal essays (500-7500 words). They publish essays on nearly any topic and are especially interested in work that celebrates the extraordinary within the ordinary. Pieces are published as they are accepted, and the editors generally respond to submissions within two months.
HuffPost Personal wants personal stories from writers of diverse experiences and welcomes essays on nearly any topic so long as they’re told with an authentic voice and point of view. There are no specific word limits, but writers are asked to pitch the editors before submitting their piece for consideration.
Quarter After Eight is an online literary journal published once per year. The editors are seeking work that ‘directly challenges the conventions of language, style, voice, or idea’. In addition to essays and creative nonfiction (no specific word limits), they also accept flash fiction, short stories (up to 7,500 words), and poetry (up to 4 pieces per submission). Submissions are open through 15 April 2021, and the average response time is 2-3 months.
The Rappahannock Review is an online literary magazine that publishes twice per year. In addition to essays and creative nonfiction (up to 8,000 words), they’re also looking for flash fiction, short stories (up to 7,500 words), and poetry (up to 5 poems per submission). They generally respond within one month.
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7 publications that pay well for personal narrative essays
Despite The New Yorker declaring that the personal essay boom was over in 2017, I’ve seen the opposite. Whenever I look on Twitter, I see callouts from editors for candid, revealing and thought-provoking first person pieces. For freelance writers, the advantage of writing a personal narrative essay is that you are drawing on your own experience, so there is very little need for external research or case studies. Many writers also say that writing down their own experience and sharing it with others feels validating, affirming and therapeutic.
Before I became a full time freelancer , I wrote quite a few personal narrative essays.
Why? Because personal narrative essays are one of the fastest and easiest ways to get published.
When I was writing my first-person pieces, I found numerous articles about how to sell personal essays in the age of over-sharing and how to write compelling first person pieces for major publications.
I quickly learnt that if you are willing to open up and share your own experience, you can be compensated well for it.
And if you’re interested to learn more about how to write a personal essay (and how to get paid for it!) I’ve created the ultimate guide to step you through the process.
It takes you through:
- Choosing the perfect topic for a personal essay
- How to start a personal essay (including what to do and not to do and examples of banging beginnings)
- Common mistakes people make when writing first-person narratives
- How to write a compelling personal essay that keeps people reading right to the end
- Examples of great personal narrative essays
- How to pitching your story to an editor
- And lots more!
The guide also includes 15+ paying markets for personal narrative essays, but I know that it can be tricky to find publications that accept freelance submissions.
The good news is that there are plenty of online and print publications looking for personal essays.
So if you have a personal story you want to share, where can you pitch it?
If you’re a writer who has had a book published, it’s definitely worth pitching to Allure (a magazine predominantly for women about beauty) as they pay up to $3,000 for personal essays up to 2000 words.
For those mere mortals among us who haven’t written a book, the rate for personal essays seems to be more like $250 – $500.
Glamour is another women’s magazine that heavily focuses on beauty, fashion and entertainment stories. Personal essays published by Glamour are reported to fetch around $2/word.
3. The Guardian
You have to love an editor who puts what she wants from writers out there and Jessica Reed from The Guardian certainly delivers. For beautifully written personal essays, The Guardian reportedly pays 60c/word.
4. Marie Claire
If you’ve got something compelling, insightful, intimate, funny, relatable or awkward to say about your love or sex life, then a personal essay directed to Marie Claire might be just the ticket. Writers report that Marie Claire pays $2/word.
Are you spotting a theme here? Women’s magazines love personal essays. If you want to write first hand experience about fitness, food, health or culture, it’s worth pitching to SELF magazine, who pay up to $700 for 2000 words.
A dynamic site covering world affairs, pop culture, science, business, politics and more, Vox pay around $500 for personal narrative essays. What’s even better is their clear pitching guidelines for their First Person section .
If you feel like a sharing a real life story like this one , you can pitch to the lifestyle vertical on the Australian website news.com.au. Writers are reportedly paid around $500 for a post.
Great examples of personal essays
You could spend years reading all the personal narrative essays that get published, but here are my picks for some of the best:
My washing line is heavy with the weight of our ash-ridden tent hung out to air. I wonder if the smell of smoke will ever be gone. I have no recollection of the tent being packed away – I was focused on the children, keeping them calm. All I know is that we’d never packed up a campsite so damn quickly. But then, we’d never fled a bushfire. You can read the rest of the article here.
“I love you so much.” Those whispered words make everything better – and when my soul mate and husband died, five years ago, I truly believed I would never hear them again. You can read the rest of the article here.
My epiphany came, like many of them do, while I was taking a dump. Specifically, it came while I was trying to take a dump in the woods after three years of struggling with gastrointestinal issues. It went something like this: you don’t need to be gluten-free anymore. You just need to relax. You can read the rest of the article here.
The rules for pitching a personal essay are much the same as when you query an editor for any other kind of writing assignment.
You just need a strong hook and engaging writing style.
The writers I know who create personal narrative essays love it.
They feel free and are absolutely thrilled when readers respond to their articles with “me too!”
After all, isn’t the point of writing to reach and connect with others? Personal essays tend to do that in a very special way.
Do you write personal narrative essays? Have you found other well-paying markets?
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30 Magazines Accepting Creative Nonfiction and Essays
These literary magazines and other outlets publish a variety of nonfiction/essays. A few are looking for themed submissions. Some of them pay writers. Most, but not all, of them are open for submissions now. They’re in no particular order.
TOLKA Journal Their website says, “Tolka is a biannual literary journal of non-fiction: publishing essays, reportage, travel writing, auto-fiction, individual stories and the writing that flows in between. We are a journal for writers to express themselves beyond the limits of fixed genres, forms or subjects. … We encourage writers to test the creative boundaries of non-fiction.” They publish work by Irish and international writers, of 2,000-4,000 words. Pay is €500. The deadline is 22 January 2023. Details here .
Vast Chasm They publish “bold work that explores the expansive human experience, including flash and short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and other nonconforming work.” Pay is $50 for prose up to 5,000 words. They read submissions on an ongoing basis. Details here .
Porkbelly Press They read for their chapbook series in January – these can be creative nonfiction such as lyric essays & flash, poetry or prose poems, collections of flash or micro fiction, graphic narratives, sequential artwork, or combinations of the above (tightly linked by theme, image, voice, etc.). Please submit 12 – 26 pages for chapbooks. They are queer friendly and feminist. “Our catalog favors lit & poetry leaning heavily toward fabulism, folklore, & magic—often confessional or intimate poems or personal lyric essay. All work should be tightly linked.” For nonfiction chapbooks, “We particularly enjoy multiple short essays, but will consider a one-essay chap if the essay is just that good. We lean toward braided forms (narratives with 3 or more threads tied together), and also consider things like character sketches, travel narratives, and collections of vignettes.” See guidelines and Submittable pages for further details. Pay is author copies. The deadline for chapbook submissions is 31 January 2023. Also see their reading periods for works in other genres. Details here and here .
The Christian Science Monitor: The Home Forum This news organization accepts pitches from freelancers and writers, and submissions for The Home Forum , where they want “upbeat personal essays of from 600 to 800 words. … For time-sensitive material (seasonal, news-related, holiday- or event-themed), you must submit at least SIX WEEKS in advance.” Also, “These are first-person, nonfiction explorations of how you responded to a place, a person, a situation, an event, or happenings in everyday life. Tell a story with a point; share a funny true tale. Describe a self-discovery. The humor should be gentle. We accept essays on a wide variety of subjects and encourage timely, newsy topics. However, we don’t deal with the topics of death, aging, medicine, or disease. We do not publish work that presents people in helpless or hopeless states.” They pay $250 for these essays. Details here .
The Every Animal Project This is an anthology about courageous animals, and they also will publish work on their website. “Stories must be true (non-fiction). They must relate to non-human animals (of any species) and can be about your personal experiences/growth because of an animal, an issue threatening animals today, or other aspects of the human/non-human animal relationship. For the upcoming anthology, please weave the theme of courage/bravery into your story. We are particularly interested in spotlighting species less familiar to people, like insects, marine animals, and reptiles.” One writer will get an award of $300, another will be awarded $200, and other writers whose work is chosen for the print anthology get $50; writers whose work features online get $20. The deadline is 31 March 2023. Details here .
The Lumiere Review Their website says, “We are intrigued by the inextinguishable sparks of truth and connection, the effervescent meddling of narrative, and the luminous creations that expand on perceptions of genre, language, and form.” They have a call for BIPOC creatives on the Justice theme (deadline – 15 February 2023). For general submissions, they publish creative nonfiction (up to 3,000 words), fiction, and poetry. They publish quarterly, pay $10, and read submissions on an ongoing basis. Details here .
The Four Faced Liar This is a new print journal; they published their first issue in January 2023. They publish creative nonfiction (up to 4,000 words), fiction, poetry, and art. Pay is €200 for short creative nonfiction and fiction, €100 for a poem or piece of flash, and €100 for art. Watch for their next submission period on Twitter . Details here .
Gray’s Sporting Journal This is a magazine about hunting and fishing, and they publish articles on those topics. They also have a feature called Yarns, which is campfire tales – fact or fiction, of 750-1,500 words. They also publish some poetry. Pay is an average of $600 for Yarns, and poems pay $100. Features for the magazine pay more. Details here .
Narrative This magazine publishes work in various genres – nonfiction (including written, audio, and video), fiction, poetry, and drama. They charge a submission fee through the year but during the first two weeks of April, they offer fee-free submissions made specifically in the Open Reading category. They pay $100-500. Details here .
MudRoom Magazine Their website says, “our mission is to provide every writer, emerging and established, the opportunity to both see their work published, and engage with a larger literary community.” They publish essays, essays in translation, fiction, and poetry. Send prose of up to 6,000 words. Pay is $15, and the deadline is 25 January 2023 for their Winter issue. Details here .
The Fieldstone Review This is the literary journal of the University of Saskatchewan. They accept submissions of creative nonfiction (up to 2,500 words), literature & book reviews (of Canadian literature), fiction and poetry, for its 2023 issue. They are reading submissions on the Reversals theme. “Turning points. Twists. Changing fortunes and shifting gears. We want your clever, surprising and dizzying reversals––be it through character, plot or formal elements!” One contributor will get awarded CAD100. The deadline is 1 March 2023. Details here .
The Meadowlark Review This journal is associated with the University of Wyoming. “Based in Laramie, Wyoming, we’re inspired by the American West, but we love work that pushes against the traditional Western narrative, as well as new perspectives, unexpected twists, and pieces that have absolutely nothing to do with the West. We are especially interested in hybrid works and works that break the mold and push the boundaries of today’s literature.” They publish nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Send work of 10-5,000 words. The deadline is 31 January 2023. Details here .
The Forge Literary Magazine They accept creative nonfiction (up to 3,000 words, but can accept up to 5,000) and fiction. They open on the 1 st of most months for fee-free submissions, and close when the cap is reached. They pay $75. Details here .
fron//tera This is a bilingual print magazine, in Spanish and English. They publish nonfiction (up to 5,000 words), fiction, poetry, art, and submissions can be in Spanish or English; they’ll also publish a couple of short dual-language English and Spanish pieces side by side (see guidelines). They pay $25-50. They’re reading work on the Phantoms theme till 1 February 2023. Details here .
The Healing Muse This is the annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics & Humanities. They publish narratives, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. They accept prose up to 2,500 words. The deadline is 15 April 2023. They also have a poetry prize for medical students and physicians , of $250. Details here .
The Lascaux Review They publish creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry of literary quality, as well as essays on the craft and business of writing. “Creative nonfiction may include memoirs, chronicles, personal essays, humorous perspectives, literary journalism—anything the author has witnessed, experienced, learned, or discovered. Creative nonfiction should be written in a nonacademic style. For the Bistro (our blog), we’re looking for posts about writing, literature, agents, publishing, hangover recipes—anything to do with the craft and business of writing. Topics must be relevant to our audience, which consists of sophisticated journeyman writers and poets.” Submissions are open year-round. Details here .
The Paris Review They will reopen for prose submissions in March 2023. Currently, they are accepting poetry submissions; the Submittable cap is reached but they will read postal submissions, postmarked till 31 January 2023. They pay. Details here .
Nashville Review This magazine is associated with Vanderbilt University. They publish creative nonfiction (across the spectrum, including memoir excerpts, essays, imaginative meditations, of up to 8,000 words), fiction (including flash and novel excerpts), poetry, translations, and art. They accept submissions of art and comics year-round, and other genres are accepted in January, May, and September. Submissions may close earlier than scheduled if the cap is reached. Pay is $25 for poetry, and $100 for prose. The deadline is 31 January 2023, or until filled. Details here .
Porridge They publish a variety of genres, and are open for online and print issues occasionally. They are always open for their Comfort Food section – “The COMFORT FOODS series publishes creative responses to the relationship between food and culture, identity and cuisine, from people in diaspora or those from various marginalised identities. From eating away exile to 2,000 word philosophical treatises on biryani, we’re here for it. … We’ll accept creative non-fiction, food writing, poetry, and artwork on this theme.” Details here .
Electric Lit They are always open for detailed essay pitches. “Electric Literature’s essays examine books and culture through a personal and critical lens. … Pitches should describe the subject matter of the essay (which must be about books, writing, or narrative media like movies, games, and TV) and give a sense of the argument you plan to make or the story you plan to tell. We welcome thoughtful considerations of new releases, overlooked classics, childhood favorites—anything that can illuminate or be illuminated by the human experience.” They will open for other genres in February ( Recommended Reading – longer fiction, pays $300, open 1-12 February; and The Commuter – poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives, pays $100, open 13-19 February 2023). Details here . Sojournal This is a travel journal, and their tagline is ‘One Image One Story’. “At present we only publish non-fiction travel stories that tell us about the black and white image you have supplied. We have a bias toward clear, concise, understandable work that communicates, surprises or disturbs – writing that bears witness to the world we live in.” Send work of up to 800 words. Details here .
Chicken Soup for the Soul They publish uplifting, true stories and poems. They regularly post themes they are accepting submissions on (currently, these are: Angels ; How stepping outside my comfort zone changed me ; Miracles ; and The power of positive thinking ). They pay $250 for work up to 1,200 words, as well as 10 contributor copies. Details here (also see tabs on the page – Possible book topics, Submissions FAQ, and Submit your story).
Unfortunately, Literary Magazine For nonfiction, “We’re interested in memoir/personal essays, feature articles, and any mix thereof. Shameless navel-gazing is fine by us.” Also, “Send us your work that’s too quirky, too dark, too queer, not the right kind of queer, too female-driven, too literary, not literary enough. Too much, too little, we want to see it all. Our only requirement is that you get your piece rejected elsewhere at least once before submitting to us.” They also publish fiction, art, and poetry. They read submissions in January, April, July, and October. See this Twitter thread to see the kind of work they’d like to see more of. Details here and here .
Miracle Monocle This magazine is associated with the University of Louisville. “For creative nonfiction, please submit one piece of 500-10,000 words. We’re looking for essays with aspects of personal narrative, reporting, and the lyric; we’re also interested in flash. Please do not send excerpts of longer works unless the piece can stand alone.” They also publish fiction, hybrid, poetry, art, and have an award for young Black writers , which pays $200 – for this award, writers must be 25 years old or younger and identify as Black. The deadline is 31 January 2023, or until a submission cap is reached. Details here .
Round Table Literary Journal Their website says, this is “an award-winning, historic print literary journal now in our fifty-sixth year of existence. We publish literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art once a year.” They are associated with Hopkinsville Community College. The deadline is 15 February 2023. Payment is contributor copies. Details here and here .
The Sunlight Press They publish personal essays (750-1,000 words), artists on craft series (up to 1,000 words), fiction, poetry, reviews, and photos. They pay $15-40. Details here .
Terrain.org This is a magazine that focuses on place, climate, and justice. They publish nonfiction (up to 5,000 words), fiction, poetry, and pay a minimum of $50. Submissions by marginalized creators are considered for an annual prize of $500. The deadline is 30 April 2023. Details here .
Motherwell This is a parenting magazine, and they take personal essays on parenting, as well as work on other themes and genres. For personal essays, “We are looking for evocative first-person narratives that have a unique focus, or take a novel angle, on a slice of the parenting experience. We are open to a range of styles and tones: the only requirement is that the essay works on its own terms—be it lyrical, humorous, research-oriented, etc—and conveys something fundamental about its writer. Up to 1,200 words.“ Some of the work they publish is paid, and some is unpaid (see guidelines). Details here . Masque & Spectacle They publish nonfiction essays, literary analysis pieces, and personal essay/memoirs of up to 7,500 words. They also accept fiction, poetry, drama, reviews, art, audio, and video submissions. The deadline is 31 January 2023. Details here .
The Sun This venerable magazine charges for online submissions via Submittable, but not for submissions by post, of essays, fiction, and poetry. Online submission of photos is not charged. Payment for regular essays starts at $300. And online submissions for themed short nonfiction pieces for the Readers Write section are fee-free – their upcoming themes are Idols , due 1 February, and Privacy , due 1 March 2023; payment for Readers Write is magazine subscription. Details here and here .
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15 Magazines Looking for Personal Essay Submissions (ft. Brittany Ackerman)
Enjoy these open magazines with an essay on crafting narratives and finding catharsis through writing (sub club list #17).
Our guest writer this week is Brittany Ackerman, author of the essay collection, The Perpetual Motion Machine and the novel, The Brittanys . Below, find her essay on her early attempts at writing personal essays and the interaction between personal experiences, crafting narratives, and finding catharsis through writing.
“A personal essay often includes some or a lot of personal confessions. That makes the reader feel less lonely in their confusion and darkness.” – Philip Lopate
One of the first workshops I took in graduate school was creative nonfiction. On the syllabus, we were given a number of books to purchase, including To Show and To Tell by Philip Lopate. The craft book, quoted to be a “nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction,” came in addition to the other memoirs and collections of essays we’d be reading for the semester. I’d never read a craft book before. I’d never even heard of Philip Lopate.
The personal essay I wrote for my grad school application was, in retrospect, horrible. It was a memory of my first time meeting Cinderella at Disney World with unbearably long descriptions of the elaborate costume I wore: my hair tightly pulled into a bun and the painful bobby pins keeping it in place, my powder blue dress that matched Cinderella’s, the plastic “glass” heels, the silver tiara to top it all off.
I wrote about standing in line, about how all the little girls looked the same as me, all of us ready to meet Cinderella. I recounted that once I finally ascended the castle steps to meet Cinderella, I lost the nerve to tell her my name. Luckily, the pen I’d handed her to sign my autograph book had my name on it, and when she spoke to me, I felt special. I felt real. The essay is about believing, the effect of Disney’s magic.
But at six years old, I felt a surge of consciousness I’d never felt before. I became aware of my own existence in the world right at that very moment, standing there in the hot Orlando sun dressed as Cinderella. Up until that moment, I thought I was a Disney Princess just because I was dressed like one, just because I’d seen all the movies and memorized all the songs. But princesses aren’t real, or at least not in the Disney sense.
I was so green as a writer then and didn’t have the nerve to admit this on the page. I thought that a personal essay was supposed to be purely uplifting and happy (lol) and that I needed to exude some sentiment of joy in order for the essay to be successful. If I were to re-write this essay now, it would be completely different. It would be the honest story of how scared I was leaving the park that day, of how I realized we couldn’t all be princesses because we weren’t all special. We were all just girls sweating and uncomfortable in our clothes. Cinderella was a college kid getting paid hourly to pose with us. She probably smoked weed and had an awful boyfriend. And there we were, looking up as if she was truly magical.
Somehow, I got into graduate school with that essay. I think the program director must have seen potential in my work, the potential for me to dig deeper into my memories in order to excavate the truth.
In that first graduate class, we read Sarah Manguso’s The Two Kinds of Decay and Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, and Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City , among others. We read books that resonated with me, as I had joined the program so I could embark on writing essays about my childhood. And this time, not the Disney version.
I was fresh out of a terrible relationship when I entered grad school, but by the end of the first week of orientation, I already had my eye on someone. He was in my creative nonfiction workshop, where I’d join him outside during breaks while he smoked, and I listened to him talk about whatever had just transpired in class. I was more interested in what he had to say than my own thoughts and opinions at the time. I was ready to write about the inner workings of my psyche, but not yet able to practice this in real life. He was the type of person who enjoyed an audience. As time went on and the hours we accumulated together in the workshop grew, I was certain he was going to ask me out. Instead, he asked to borrow a book.
“You think I could borrow the Lopate?” He asked, and I knew I would give him the book, that I’d not only lend it to him but that I’d let him keep it indefinitely. Something cosmic made me understand that I’d already given myself over to him, so what more was a stupid book? It turned out that me bringing the book over to his apartment was his way of getting us alone. We dated for the rest of our time together in the program. Once we graduated, it only took six months for us to break up.
Even though the Philip Lopate book was required, we never got to it for some reason. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t read it. It didn’t matter that my grad school boyfriend had. I still, to this day, haven’t read the book, or any of Philip Lopate’s many books. I hadn’t thought about that book for years until I was Googling quotes about personal essays for this post, and Lopate came up. But again, something cosmic, something connecting me to the name of the book, to the memory, to the feeling, to the urge to write it all down and figure it out.
I remember packing all my things and leaving the apartment, his apartment that I’d moved into and never truly felt like ours . I remember separating my books from his shelves. I remember finding To Show and To Tell and holding it, deciding to leave it on his desk as a final “Fuck You.”
This sounds like a triumphant moment, but at the time, I was so depressed and lost. I had no idea what my next move would be. The Lopate became a symbol for how willing I was to give myself away. It’s only now, so many years later, happily married and watching my five-month-old continue to grow, that I can see the break up as something to re-imagine, something that could make its way into my writing.
Back to that first semester– I accomplished what I’d set out to do, and more. I wrote an essay about being Jewish, I wrote an essay about the Disney ride Space Mountain, I wrote about my brother, about myself. I wrote a lot of pieces about myself. I got feedback from my peers and started compiling the essays as I edited each one. I left grad school with a book that was ready to be submitted, sent off to contests and agents and publishers. The book was published three years later.
Personal essay holds a special place in my heart. For me, it’s a place to re-write my life after it’s been lived. It’s a place to imagine what lies ahead in the future. It holds space in the present to examine myself, like therapy, like zooming into a photograph and staring at the parts that give me trouble.
In my confusion and in my darkness, I open up a blank page.
Weekly Special: 15 Magazines Open for Personal Essay Submissions
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