"Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking submissions for a special issue devoted to the theme of “adaptation”—original essays illuminating the ways in which the need to keep up with a rapidly-changing world drives the work of scientists, designers, thinkers, innovators, farmers, soldiers, medical professionals, teachers, and others and affects the lives of prisoners, patients, refugees, students, travelers, and other citizens."
“Catapult champions powerful voices, breakthrough narratives, and extraordinary storytelling experiences. We publish fiction and narrative nonfiction stories that are alive, illuminating, stirring, and surprising.”
"Country magazine celebrates an insider's view of rural North America as seen through the stories—and cameras—of more than 3 million readers. Connect with an impassioned and highly involved community of people who love the spirit and beauty of the country."
"At Essig Magazine, we believe in the value of genuine compassion & the importance of human connection. We take pride in our mission to glorify personal growth while diminishing the value of superficial social status. Although individuality is a positive attribute, it's essential to realize you're a part of something bigger than yourself. Everyone HAS A STORY & EVERY STORY IS WORTH SHARING."
"Femsplain inspires discussion and connection through storytelling by amplifying the voices trans/cis women and gender nonconforming individuals...Every two weeks Femsplain publishes a new prompt essay." Check guidelines for current prompt.
“The First Day is an online magazine and print journal featuring fiction, nonfiction, visual arts, reviews, and poetry that highlights the individual experience of beauty, faith, journey, and growth. Our mission is to break down walls between faith traditions and cultural backgrounds to form a common space to share personal stories of struggle and triumph.”
A web magazine about the other awkward age of adulthood. “The topics here run the whole gamut: romance, family, health, career, dealing with aging loved ones, and more. But what draws everything together is the sense that we’re all feeling our way along.”
"GlobalComment.com provides a one-stop web magazine for all readers who are looking for fresh, independent and eclectic commentaries written by talented writers from all over the world. We also publish works of fiction, poetry, art, and other creative material. It is part of our dream to give that vital break to all those budding Henry Millers, Amin Maaloufs, Robert Fisks, Zadie Smiths, Molly Ivinses, and… well, you get the picture."
“Write for ten minutes, by hand without stopping. Type it up. Does it need an edit? Edit for 10 minutes. This is about the process of writing, of remembering, of spilling our guts, of looking within ourselves and our lives. It’s not about perfect, polished sentences, morals or neat conclusions tied up in a bow. I love works that are surprising, deep, weird, funny, honest, bizarre, emotional, brave. Tell a story. Make a confession. Navel gaze. Self indulge. Get detailed. Push up against your comfort zone. Remember. Tell the truth. Go there. Go deeper.”
“Literary Mama features writing by mother writers about the complexities and many faces of motherhood. We seek top-notch creative writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction. We also publish book reviews, and profiles of mother writers and artists.”
"Since 1976, Metropolitan Diary has been a place for New Yorkers, past and present, to share odd fleeting moments at Bloomingdale’s, at the deli around the corner, in the elevator or at the movies. Since its debut, overheard conversations have shifted from the backseat of Checker cabs to Crown Vics, from pay-phone booths to cellphones and from the IRT to the JMZ. Still, punch lines delivered by surly waiters, witty train conductors, lively bus drivers, erudite window washers and adult children facing off with an overbearing parent continue to surprise us."
“Minerva Rising is an independent literary journal celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman. We publish thought-provoking fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry and essays by women writers and artists.”
“This weekly column in the Sunday Style section of the New York Times is a coveted placement for personal essays about contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood — any subject that might reasonably fit under the heading “Modern Love.”
"Mslexia is dedicated to encouraging, nurturing and empowering women writers to produce, publish and have their work read, with the parallel aim of improving the reach and quality of women’s literature."
“Narratively is a platform devoted to untold human stories. We avoid the breaking news and the next big headline, and focus instead on slow storytelling, exploring one theme each week and publishing just one story a day.”
“Nostalgia Magazine is a journal that gathers photos, personal remembrance stories, diaries, and researched stories of people, places, and events and puts them into one bi-monthly volume. We are especially interested in photo essays. Nostalgia Magazine relives the days when teenage couples listened to 8-track tapes, when saddle shoes were all the rage, and when families gathered around to listen to “The Shadow” or to watch “Bonanza” for nightly entertainment.”
“On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors.”
“Everybody has a story to share. What’s yours? Send us a true story about you, in 100 words or fewer—if it’s chosen by our editors for publication in our magazine, you’ll be paid $100! We also may pick selected favorites to appear on our site at RD.com.”
“We are most interested in essay-style, first-person narrative storytelling and cultural critique about current events from folks who are rethinking “tradition,” breaking through stereotypes, and bucking expectations about their roles.”
"SageWoman is a quarterly magazine of women's spirituality. Our readers are people who identify positively with the term "Goddess." Our readership includes women of a variety of religious faiths, ranging from Roman Catholic to Lesbian Separatist Witch and everywhere in between. What our readers have in common is summed up in the statement "Celebrating the Goddess in every woman." If you feel a connection with our subject matter, we welcome your contributions to our pages."
"Each issue we feature true stories about the moments that define and redefine. Our writers take us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them. Through their storytelling, they change us."
"For an upcoming issue of Creative Nonfiction, we’re looking for true stories about starting over. Tell us about a time when you or someone else took a do-over, snuck a mulligan, or hit the reset button, whether by choice or not."
"In the face of loss and infertility, our mission is to show the world that we are still standing. Holding fast to resilience and hope. Our mission is to help you embrace life for everything that it is after experiencing the loss of a child or infertility."
"THE FEM is a magazine of inclusive, diverse, and feminist poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and spoken word. We also publish interviews with writers, editors, and publishers weekly, and book reviews monthly. We seek to create a space for conversation around how literature can be more inclusive, and to constantly challenge the suffocating structures, binaries, and norms that we believe are holding back the literary community."
“We are looking to publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and artwork that relates in some way to grief, loss, or mourning. The term “grief” is open to interpretation. We are looking for powerful, moving works of art that speak to the incredible journey of living after we have lost.”
“The Island Review is an online magazine dedicated to great writing and visual art that comes from, is inspired by, celebrates or seeks to understand the extraordinary appeal of islands, as places and as metaphors.”
The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco provides education, training, advocacy, and community for blind individuals in California and around the world. "We seek to publish dynamic personal essays, memoirist reflections, travel writing, incisive commentary, specific advice, funny or useful lists, arts writing, general humor, insightful analysis, new ideas and anything else with verve and honesty. -- We seek first and foremost to publish writers who are blind or visually impaired, with an emphasis stories based in California and the west coast. That said, we are open to any and all writers who would like us to consider a submission."
“We urge you to check out the blog to get the “voice” of the site. We are happy to be have unique and varying voices and writers and posts, however, some things are a better fit than others. We don’t care if you are a published author or an 8th grader. We want personal essays that share what it means to be human.”
"The Morning News (TMN) is an online magazine of essays, art, humor, and culture published weekdays since 1999. In addition to our features, each day includes our headlines, with links to the most interesting news items, articles, and oddities around the web."
“At The Rumpus, we’ve got essays, reviews, interviews, advice, music, film and poetry—along with some kick-ass comics. We know how easy it is to find pop culture on the Internet, so we’re here to give you something more challenging, to show you how beautiful things are when you step off the beaten path. The Rumpus is a place where people come to be themselves through their writing, to tell their stories or speak their minds in the most artful and authentic way they know how, and to invite each of you, as readers, commenters or future contributors, to do the same. What we have in common is a passion for fantastic writing that’s brave, passionate and true (and sometimes very, very funny)."
"The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them."
"The Sunlight Press is a digital literary journal that provides a home to new and established voices. We welcome creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, reviews, photography, and artist reflections on their craft. We want to hear the ways people turn toward light and hope, whether it is through the arts, culture, spirituality, or humor, and also how they respond to the darkness and navigate unknown spaces. Epiphanies are born from the ordinary and the extraordinary; whether it’s a reflection unfolding during a morning walk, after the loss of a loved one, or in the middle of unexpected laughter, we want to know about these moments."
“…publishes short personal essays and photographs by established and emerging writers and photographers...Thread covers a variety of themes relating to human experience across the decades; thoughtful, well-told stories from the lives of a diverse range of people.”
“Vela publishes longform nonfiction written by women. We are particularly interested in narrative nonfiction, essays with a research and/or reporting component, and literary journalism with a unique, compelling voice. We do publish personal essays and are suckers for powerful personal narratives, but we prefer stories that move beyond the personal realm to consider larger questions and issues. Much of the work we publish is informed by a sense of place and/or journeying, and has an international focus; however, we do not publish conventional travel writing.“ In addition to narrative nonfiction on place/journeying, Vela also publishes a series of columns covering writing, relationship to place, and motherhood.
“This blog gives voice to a universal quest to find our place in the world—to discover who we are and why we are here. Whether understood as family or neighborhood, home or city, we resonate with the joys and struggles of belonging to a place.”