To be honest, I didn’t know how this would go. Frankly, I wanted to draw some attention to this new idea I had for a publication. A publication for writing that’s quite different from what you typically see here. A publication of literary-journal-worthy pieces, that’s a whole heck of a lot more accessible than literary journals.

And here we are.

No, I didn’t know how this would go. But I was blown away. Several dozen submissions later, I had to pick three winners. Here they are, in alphabetical order by title.

And by the way, this experiment absolutely succeeded, and…


I’m hosting a writing contest. Details here.

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Calling all writers! Announcing Tell Your Story’s Spring 2021 creative nonfiction / personal essay writing contest!

I want Tell Your Story to become the home for the best creative nonfiction on Medium. Check out what we’ve published already, and I think you’ll agree that we’re on our way.

To help with that momentum, I’m hosting a writing contest.

OK, without further ado, here are the details & rules & other stuff.

  1. Creative nonfiction / personal essays only. For examples of what we’re looking for, read a few of the pieces we’ve published so far. …


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

This week’s list is so long that I’ve split it into two — paying and non-paying markets. You’ve found the non-paying list. For this week’s paying markets, check this out:

And now, on to the list!

New & Recently Opened Non-Paying Markets:

Naviga Review

From their About page:
“Naviga Review is a weekly digital literary magazine founded on June 4, 2021, by short story writer Hayden Sidun. We publish short fiction, flash fiction, and nonfiction every week from new and experienced writers. We are based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
The name “Naviga” (pronounced NAH-vi-guh) is derived from the Latin navigare, which means “to…


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

We’ve got quite a long list this week… so long that I’m splitting it into two — paying and non-paying. You’ve found the paying list, which I’m putting together and publishing first. Once I’ve got the non-paying list pulled together, I’ll link to it here:https://medium.com/tell-your-story/calls-for-submissions-non-paying-markets-week-of-june-7-2021-4c6d7b855f1b

And now, on to this week’s calls!

New & Recently Opened Paying Markets:

Pipe Wrench

From their About page:
“A release every other month, featuring one core longform story and a constellation of other pieces interpreting or reacting or springboarding off it. You might read 7,000 words on an idea you’d never thought about before, and then find a piece of…


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings fellow writers!

There’s a VERY short list this week, so make sure you’re also checking out opportunities from prior weeks. You can find them all on the TYS homepage, conveniently collected here.

Also, I’m working on the details of TYS’s fall writing contest, so keep watching this space. The spring contest was so successful that I’m planning on making the fall contest even bigger. I was fortunate to receive Medium’s $500 bonus for April, and since that was thanks to YOU, I’m going to give it all right back to YOU in the form of prize money. …


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

Pretty short list this week, so if you’re interested in more don’t forget to check out prior weeks’ listings. They’re all collected in one spot on the TYS site, linked here -> https://medium.com/tell-your-story/tagged/publishing.

And if you haven’t checked out TYS in a bit, there are some great new pieces on the homepage that absolutely fit my vision for the publication — “Best Creative Nonfiction on Medium”.

Make sure to check out one of my favorite new voices to TYS — Sara J Elliott. She’s currently got two pieces on the homepage. …


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

For a mid-month listing, this one is actually pretty long — with some great “targets” for you.

We’re closing in on vacation season here in the US. And for me, there’s only one thing better than sitting on the beach with a good book in one hand and a Corona in the other — and that’s sitting on the beach house deck with my laptop open in front of me, working on a (hopefully) great bit of creative nonfiction. With a Corona, of course.

Don’t forget — if you’ve got a bit of creative nonfiction you’d like…


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

We have a pretty short list this week, so if you’re looking for more submission targets, make sure to check out last week’s list. It was LOOOOOOOOONG. See it here:

As always, you can find ALL of these in one convenient spot in TYS: https://medium.com/tell-your-story/tagged/publishing.

Thanks for all the support and love you’ve shown TYS, by the way. I’m currently overwhelmed with submissions and that’s a wonderful problem to have.

Let me know if you get something published in one of these — I’d love to hear about it so I can celebrate right along with you…


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

The first of the month brings a LONG list of opportunities. So grab a coffee (or a bourbon, depending on the time of day), and dig in. Lots of great contests sprinkled in among the more standard opportunities below.

As always, when you get accepted into one of these, let me know so I can celebrate with you!

New & Recently Opened Paying Markets:

The Antihumanist

From their About page:
“We seek to publish the most challenging and thought provoking flash fiction and essays. We believe only by confronting the bare bones of reality we understand our place in the world.”
Submission details and instructions here.
Pay rate…


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

Check out these new opportunities for publishing your work. As always, you can find each week’s edition (I started doing this in late December 2020) in one convenient tab on the TYS site. Many of these opportunities are still open, so if you don’t see anything that suits your fancy below, make sure to check out prior announcements.

And now, on to this week’s calls!

New & Recently Opened Paying Markets:

Sarcophagus in a Sentence

From their announcement:
“You must use all 28 words from the Merriam-Webster word of the day list for February 2021 (in any order).”
Submission details and instructions here. …

Chris Sowers

Oxford comma = hill I’m willing to die on. Coaching writers at https://www.coach.me/chris11873?ref=QOvEv. Or reach out at Chris@writing-coaching.com

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