Two weeks ago I had the privilege of sitting on a few freelance writing panels at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Of course, such interest in personal essays makes sense. Without robust writing samples of articles published in reputable venues, it can be difficult to get your foot in the door at a new publication. You can also catalog that personal essay in your portfolio as a work sample to reference when you pitch other publications. That said, personal essays are a great opportunity to show off your distinct voice as a writer. Editors will be more likely to consider your essay based on its storytelling merits alone, instead of on your portfolio of past work or lack thereof.
Freelance Writers Workshop: Submitting Personal Essays
The Personal-Essay Boom Is Over | The New Yorker
The following is a list of 30 magazines, newspapers, and websites that pay for personal essays. Included is a wide variety of publishers, covering many specialties and topics. For even more publishers seeking submissions, grab a copy of the Paid Publishing Guidebook. The Boston Globe accepts personal essays about relationships for their Connections section. The essays should be about words. Extra Crispy pays for personal essays about food. The articles they publish have a conversational tone with a bit of humor.
For freelance writers, the advantage of writing a personal essay is that you are drawing on your own experience, so there is very little need for external research or case studies. It can be hard to find magazines that accept freelance submissions, let alone locate publications that pay well for your writing. But there are plenty of online and print publications looking for writers. So if you have a personal story you want to share, where can you pitch it?
If you are tired of writing essays for others and want to have your own published essay, then you have landed on the right page. There are times when students and freelance writers want to get themselves recognized through their writing skills outside the city, and the best option for this is to publish your own essays. You may find personal blogs or websites where free publishing is allowed; or else, you can create your own blog or site using a platform like WordPress or Blogger.
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