What Babble.com Wants in a Personal Essay

PersonalEssaysIV-ArticleIn the fourth and final installment of our Personal Essay Markets series, we’re covering all things digital.

We spoke with editors from 15 online outlets to learn what they’re looking for in a personal essay. Here, a Babble.com editor shares her advice:

An online magazine for a new generation of parents, Babble runs personal essays related to various stages of child rearing (pregnancy, baby, toddler, preschooler, etc.). New writers should pitch their essay, or a fleshed-out outline, on spec. Please note that Babble only pays for pieces that have not been previously published, including on your own blog.
Length: 750-1,200
Pay: Varies; $100 for personal essays; $500+ for bigger pieces
Assigning editor: Jamie Menaker, JAMIE dot MENAKER at DISNEY dot COM
Editors’ advice: “Since most content is produced in house, we’re very selective in choosing what to commission. We look for personal essays that add a unique perspective to Babble and that have not previously been covered on the site. We are also willing to pay more for parenting trend and service pieces that involve research and reporting.”

To hear from the editors of Salon, Narratively and more, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part IV.

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