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!

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. …


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

A stack of well-worn magazines sits on a wooden desk.
A stack of well-worn magazines sits on a wooden desk.
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Greetings, fellow writers!

Another fairly short list this week. Couple of things before we get to it:

  1. If you missed my announcement last week, you can check out the winners and finalists of TYS’s Spring Writing Contest here. Plans are in the works for an even bigger contest in the fall, so stay tuned. Rumor has it there will be even more rewards, and I’m thinking about doing a print version as well.

2. As always, you can see all previous weeks’ calls in one convenient spot in TYS. Find them here:

And now, on to this week’s calls…

New & Recently Opened Paying Markets:

2021 Shift Report Writing Contest

From…


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

Below you’ll find this week’s calls. VERY short list this week. So if you need more targets, make sure to check out previous weeks’ listings — many of them are still open. You can find them all in one spot here:

Also! Keep watching this space (TYS) for the announcement of winners and finalists from our Spring writing competition. I’m hoping to get that out this.

As always, if you succeed with one of these publications, leave me a comment on one of these posts so we can celebrated with you!

New & Recently Opened Paying Markets:

Baltimore Review Flash Contest

From their About page:
“The mission of…


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

Below you’ll find this week’s calls. Keep in mind this list is for creative nonfiction, but many of these same publications accept even more fiction and poetry. So if those styles are more your gig, you might find something here that’s a fit for you too.

You can find past weeks’ editions of this newsletter in one convenient spot. Many of these calls are still open, so check them out here:

Let me know when you get published in any of these… I’d love to hear about it and help celebrate your success!

On to this week’s…


Your weekly listing of opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Greetings, fellow writers!

Below you’ll find this week’s calls. And as always, you can find previous week’s calls in one handy section of the TYS site. Many of these calls are still open:

Also, stay tuned for the announcement of finalists and winners of TYS’s spring story contest within the next couple of weeks. I was blown away by the quality of submissions, and have a very tough job ahead of me to determine the winners. Wish me luck!

And now, on to this week’s calls.

New & Recently Opened Paying Markets:

the hungry ghost project

From their website:
“We are a magazine that publishes flash fiction and creative non-fiction on…

Chris Sowers

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