Our Personal Essay Markets series returns this week with the first of four installments. In Part I, we’ve solicited the advice of editors to bring you tips for pitching personal essays to 15 different publications.
The pubs featured cover the earliest stages of life (American Baby) to later ones (AARP The Magazine). Some are geared toward a more general audience (Creative Nonfiction), while others, like cheese-focused magazine Culture, speak to a specialized audience. Here’s a sneak peek:
EatingWell — “Nourish”
“Nourish” essays should be stories from the heart that have to do with food and how food nourishes us in unexpected ways. It is a short essay with a broader message and shows how food connects us to others and to ourselves. Writers may send finished essays on spec.
Length: 600-800 words
Pay: Starts at roughly $1 a word
Assigning editor: Jessie Price, JESSIE dot PRICE at EATINGWELL dot COM
Editors’ advice: Think of this as a one-act play or short story: Who are the characters, what is the plot, what is the culminating scene? Ideally, the theme should tie to the season and in some way relate to our core areas of focus: food, health and sustainability. We have published a few over-the-transom pieces in the last five years, but do assign to new writers whose work we’ve seen elsewhere and admire.
For more, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part I
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