This piece does double duty by painting a picture of the ins-and-outs of SAR, while also telling a gripping story about one specific mission.This piece about mourning a sexually abusive father takes two worn-to-death tropes; the death of a parent and sexual abuse, and makes them both new again by combining them.Want to see more stories I love, and hear about it when I’m looking for something specific?
(I blame blogs.) In case you are wondering what a personal essay is, it's any nonfiction story written in first person.
Personal essays always involve a true experience, especially one that evokes emotions that speak to a broader audience.
If you’ve read all of this, hopefully you have a pretty good idea of whether your story would be a good fit or not.
If it belongs on my list of best Narratively memoir stories ever, submit your completed draft through Submittable here.
It’s a gorgeous piece, and the standard to which I hold any submission that, on the surface, is about dealing with a medical issue.
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This piece about a harrowing rescue mission brings readers inside the world of Search and Rescue teams—we love stories about unusual jobs like this because they allow readers access to an experience they might otherwise never get to know.
This is what I mean by something I haven’t seen before. There are no particular subjects I’m most interested in, though I do tend to enjoy a good “my secret past” or “dragging the family skeletons out of the closet” story.
In case you’re wondering, here are some other done-to-death tropes that I never want to see again, with a few rare exceptions if you can really turn them upside down and make them new again:-How a cancer diagnosis changed everything-Parenting a sick child-Death of a parent-The story of your abortion-The story of your time in the Peace Corps-Your “Eat, Pray, Love” story about finding yourself while traveling-The dissolution of a marriage you were sure was going to last-How a certain food always reminds you of home That’s not to say that you can’t write about any of those topics (or that they’re not incredibly important and meaningful experiences), but know that they’ve each been written about approximately 17 million times, and you’ll need to work extra hard to make them feel fresh and surprising. What draws me to a piece is not just the category of the subject matter, but how clear it is that you have something to say.
Like the short story, personal essays are structured, have a theme, and usually involve a moral or message of some kind.
Some literary journals and niche magazines are willing to pay substantially for these essays, so devoting a few hours to writing one is worth your consideration.