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This is an ever-changing list of print and online publications that pay to publish personal essays.

If you have a paying market to add to this list, or if the information on any of these markets has changed, please email and put Markets in the Subject field. Always check guidelines before submitting.



General Interest Magazines
Sports Magazines
Special Population Magazines
Religious/Inspirational Magazines
Magazines for People with Disabilities/Medical Conditions
Literary Journals
Women's Magazines
Airline Magazines
Lists of Paying Markets

General Interest Magazines

1503 S.W. 42nd St.
Franklin, TN 37068
Personal essays about family issues and home life in the rural Midwest

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Cyber Oasis (an online journal)
Personal essays that are evocative, wise observations patterned after Thoreau

FATE Magazine
PO Box 460
Lakeville, MN 55044
Stories concerning personal experiences with the unknown

Good Old Days
306 East Parr Rd.
Berne, IN 46711
Personal experience pieces on first half of the 20th century

Grit Magazine
1503 SW 42nd St.
Topeka, KS 66601
Pet tales, stories of favorite gardens, hobbies, love, hometowns,
unique travel nostalgia, holiday remembrances

135 W. 50th St., 16th Floor
New York, NY 10020
"Guest Room" is the back page essay
3210 Cherry St.,
Philadelphia PA 19104
Pays $350 to $750 for columns (1,500 words). Feature assignments
(2,500 to 6,000 words) pay significantly more. Takes personal essays
and travel essays. Check guidelines at

900 Jefferson Drive
Washington, DC 20560-0406

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Funny Times
PO Box 18530
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Horizon Air

Air Time section takes humor essays to 700 words.

Orion Society
187 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Curmudgeon in the Wild section takes humorous essays to 600 words.

Spirituality and Health
74 Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006
Takes humorous essays to 600 words.

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Sports Magazines

Adventure Cyclist
Pays $0.30 to $0.45 per word for personal accounts about cycling trips.
Check detailed guidelines and submission requirements at:

Adventure Kayak
Adventure Kayak Magazine
Box 70
Palmer Rapids, ON K0J 2E0
Pays up to $0.20 per word for essays on kayaking. Check detailed guidelines at:

American Angler
Abenaki Publishers, Inc.
160 Benmont Avenue
Bennington, VT 05201
The magazine of fly fishing and fly tying

33 E. Minor Street
Emmaus, Pa 18098-0099
Backcountry column: personal perspectives, quirky and idiosyncratic,
humorous critiques, manifestos and misadventures, interesting angle,
lesson, revelation or moral

Canoe & Kayak Magazine
10526 NE 68th St., Suite 3
Kirkland, WA 98033

Cruising World
Box 3400
Newport, RI 02840-0992

The Golfer
21 E. 40th Street
New York, NY 10016

Sail Magazine
takes personal stories and photos for the Sailing Memories and Voice of Experience
sections. Send manuscripts to:
Managing Editor
SAIL Magazine
98 North Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Send images to:
Photo Editor, same address

10 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426
Monthly boating newspaper carries personal essays. Pays $200.


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Special Population Magazines

Alaska Magazine
Morris Communications Corp.
301 Arctic Slope Ave., Ste. 300
Anchorage, AK 99518
Takes personal experience pieces on all aspects of life in Alaska. Send SASE for guidelines.

Backhome Magazine
Wordsworth Communications, Inc.
P.O. Box 70
Hendersonville, NC 28793
Pays $35 per printed page for first-person experience on sustainable, self-reliant living.

Chicago Reader
11 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Surprise, takes Chicago-related items

First Things
156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 400
New York, NY 10010
Personal essays related to religion in public life

c/o Pat Stone, Editor
PO Box 1355
Fairview, NC 28730
Query; no email submissions
Personal gardening writing

Horticulture Magazine
Horticulture Magazine
F + W Media, Inc.
4700 E. Galbraith Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Takes personal gardening experiences from 900-1,200 words.
Pays $600 to $1,000. Email for guidelines.
Samples at

House Beautiful
The Hearst Corp.
1700 Broadway, Fl. 29
New York, NY 10019
"Thoughts of Home" section takes literary, personal (is there any other kind?)
memoirs up to 2,000 words. Send detailed outline first. Pay not noted but
Hearst tends to pay well.

PO Box 4728
Santa Barbara, CA 93140
Pieces with a narrative thread and a personal voice.

Midwest Today
P. O. Box 685
Panora, Iowa 50216
Short true-life stories with a Heartland setting, particularly stories
which are uplifting or inspirational, with a positive outcome.

Mother Earth News
P. O. Box 685
1503 SW 42nd St.
Topeka, KS 66609-1265
pays $150 for first-person stories of 1,500 to 2,000 words about
sustainable lifestyles of all sorts for the “Firsthand Reports” section.

Writing Submissions
P. O. Box 84
Rodanthe, NC 27968
Publishes essays and other forms about the ocean. Check guidelines online.Pay varies.

Plenty, The World in Green
Check guidelines at:

PO Box 998
Greendale, WI 53129-0998

1560 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Organization of hope, encouragement, cooperation

Seedhouse: The Magazine for Modern Writers and Poets
PO Box 883009
Steamboat Springs, CO 80488

Sierra Club
85 2nd Street, Fl. 2
San Francisco, CA 94105
Pays $800 - $3,000 for essays with an enviromental theme from 1,500 - 3,000 words.

Wine Enthusiast
103 Fairview Park Dr.
Elmsford, NY 10532
Takes true travel tales related to wine from 200 to 800 words.
Pay varies, on acceptance. Find guidelines at:

Yoga Journal
475 Sansome St., Ste. 850
San Francisco, CA 94111
the "Yoga Diary" section takes first person stories of 250. Pays 90days
after acceptance. Not great, but it does pay. Send queries to:
Check content at:

You & Me-America's Medical Magazine
is an ezine seeking personal stories about dealing with any aspect
of a medical experience. Pays $0.03-0.10/word for 1500-3000 words.
Check guidelines at:

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Religious/Inspirational Magazines

16 East 34th St
New York, NY 10016
True first-person stories telling in dramatic form how people have
overcome difficulties, gained courage, or developed positive attitudes
through faith in God. Payment: $200 - $400.

Pays 10 to 15 cents per published word for personal essays from 1,200 to 1,400
words that provide practical direction for Catholics in this changing world.
Guidelines at:

Takes personal essays from 1,000 to 2,500 words relating to all branches
of the North American Jewish community and Israel. Pay varies.
Guidelines at:

Reform Judaism
633 3rd Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10017-6778
Personal experience of Reform Jews

Magazines for People with Disabilities/Medical Conditions

Arthritis Today
1330 W. Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30309
Upbeat, inspiration, also articles generally appealing to older audience non-arthritis

Careers & the Disabled
Equal Opportunity Publications
1160 E. Jericho Turnpike, Suite 200
Huntington, NY 11743

Coping with Cancer
Unique, upbeat stories about a cancer experience. 775 words

3500 Maple Avenue, Suite 750
Dallas, TX 75219
This magazine for cancer patients and their caregivers takes 700 word max
reader essays. Pays $100 for the print edition and $25 for the quarterly
online newsletter.

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Literary Journals

236 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215
Accepts personal essays, memoirs. Pays $10 per page up to $150.
Snail mail submissions only, no e-queries. Reads Sept. 1 through May 31.
Check guidelines online before submitting.

The American Scholar
1606 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Published by Phi Beta Kappa, this one is for experienced writers. Recommended
personal essay length 3,000 to 5,000 words. Pays $500 on acceptance.
E-queries OK. Check guidelines online before submitting.

Black Warrior Review
P.O. Box 862936
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0029
Black Warrior Review
Accepts personal essays. Honorarium provided.

The Chattahoochee Review
Georgia Perimeter College
2101 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA
Pays $100 for essays from emerging and established writers.

Colorado Review
Colorado State University
English Dept.
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Pays $5 per page and up for personal essays. Snail mail submissions only.
Reads September through April.

Takes personal essays to 25 pages, pays $20 per printed page.

Creative Nonfiction
Essays can be personal, but must reach out universally.

Pays up to $500 for personal essays up to 5,000 words.
Event Magazine Guidelines

Five Points
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3999
Atlanta, GA 30302
Pays $15 per page with $250 maximum for personal essays of 7,500 words.
Reads Sept. 1 through April 30.

Fourth Genre
Michigan State University
285 Bessey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1033
Awards an annual prize of $1,000 for an essay or memoir up to 6,000 words.
Winners and runners up published. $15 entry fee. Reads August 15 through November 30.

The Georgia Review
Reads from Aug. 16-May 14.

Gettysburg Review
Takes memoir from 3,000-7,000 words.

Iowa Review
The Iowa Review
308 EPB
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Reads September through November
Pays $.08 per word, $100 minimum, for personal essays.

Indiana Review
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
Reads Sept. 1-May 31.
Pays $5 per page, $10 minimum, for lively essays.

The Kenyon Review
Pays $30/page for essays,7,500 words max.

Literal Latte
Takes personal essays, all topics.

The Massachusetts Review
South College
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Reads Oct. 1-June 1.
Pays $50 for lively essays.

The Malahat Review
The Malahat Review
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2
Pays $40 per page for personal essays or memoirs of 1,000 to 3,500 words.
Be sure to check Canadian postage needs at:

The Missouri Review
1507 Hillcrest Hall, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Narrative Magazine
Takes personal essays and much more. For experienced writers.
Pays $100-$1,000. Reading fee $5. Check guidelines at

New England Review
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

New England Writers' Network
Email Glenda Baker, Editor-in-Chief at

New Letters
Offers prizes plus publication. Reads Oct. 2-April 30.

Dept. of English
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Reads August 15 through May 15. Pays on pubication, amount not mentioned.
Send nonfiction submissions (personal essays) to Phong Nguyen.

Pif Magazine
Requires free membership to submit. Takes memoir.

Emerson College
120 Boyle Street
Boston MA, 02116-4624
Accepts some personal essays, reads August 1-March 31

Snowy Egret
P.O. Box 29
Terre Haute, IN 47808
Seeks essays on human relationship to the natural world from 500-10,000 words,
and first-hand experiences (Woodnotes)from 250-2,000 words. Snowy Egret.

The Sun - A Magazine of Ideas
107 N. Roberson St,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Pays starts at $300 for personal essays.

Tin House
Pays $200 for nonfiction essays.

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Women's Magazines
Most major women's magazines do not post guidelines. Send SASE or
check current issue for appropriate departments.

Bridal Guide
3 E. 54th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Guidelines from Valerie Berrios at

Country Woman
PO Box 643
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Takes nostalgia pieces of 300-500 words

1500 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Family Circle
375 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-5514

350 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Viewpoint or Hers/His column

Good Housekeeping
959 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Dramatic narratives

Ladies' Home Journal
Ladies' Home Jouranal
Pay varies on the high end. Query first and check guidelines.

More 379 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Prints personal essays on subjects of interest to midlife women (in their 40s and 50s).
For guidelines send a note and SASE to the address above.

4 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Personal, dramatic narratives

Radience, The Magazine for Large Women
PO Box 30246
Oakland, CA 94694

Radiance Magazine

Takes personal essays on topics of interest to women between 800 and 1,200 words.
Monthly themes at

Woman's World
270 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Dramatic personal women's stories

Woman's World

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Hundreds of newspapers across the U.S. and many more around the globe print personal essays, usually in the lifestyles, travel and op-ed sections. Often they seek a local angle, but also accept items with a universal theme. Send your completed personal essays to the appropriate section editor. Call if you can't locate it in a copy or eslewhere and verify the name and spelling. Two sources for global newspaper markets are: and

Travel/Airline Magazines

Pace Communications for United Airlines
1301 Carolina Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Accepts personal experience essays

Horizon Air
Paradigm Communications Group for Alaska Airlines
2701 First Avenue Suite 250
Seattle, WA 98121
Alaska Airlines Magazine.
Accepts personal experience essays

Mexico Travel & Life
Mexico Travel & Life 5850 San Felipe, Ste. 500
Houston, TX 77057
Takes memoirs about, oddly enough, Mexico.
Guidelines at:

Travel + Leisure
1120 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

TravelSmart Newsletter
P.O. Box 397
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Pays $50 for 1,500 words of true advice for travelers.
Sample at:

US Airways Magazine
Pace Communications for US Air
1301 Carolina Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Accepts essays

Lists of Paying Markets

The (annual) Paying Markets for Writers
Published May. Available from or (faster delivery) at

The (annual) Writer's Market
Published in the fall by Writer's Digest Books. Available in book stores or from

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