You've crafted that thoughtful, timely essay filled with tension and drama -- now you just need a forum for sharing it with the world. In the digital age, options for publishing your essay include newspapers, magazines and literary journals, as well as self-publishing options.
Newspapers aren't always exclusively news. Start looking around and you'll find many newspapers have columns that publish personal essays on love, relationships, health, death and other topics. Check your local newspapers, but also look for opportunities in national publications. For example, the "Modern Love" column in "The New York Times" publishes personal essays about love, while "Home Forum" in the "Christian Science Monitor" publishes essays on an array of topics. Before sending in a submission, read the publications' writers' guidelines so you understand how to structure the piece, its word count limits and other restrictions.
As the name suggests, literary journals are the homes for literary works. Some are focused on particular subjects, while others are more general interest. For example, "The Sun," an ad-free magazine, publishes personal essays as well as pieces covering political and cultural topics. The academically focused journal "Essays & Fictions," meanwhile, publishes literary, academic, narrative and fictional essays, among other types. Resources such as "Poets & Writers" or "Writer's Digest" are good places to find information about literary journals. As always, read over each journal's submission guidelines before submitting.
Start a Blog
If you're looking for a way to publish your essays at your leisure, start a blog. Some of the free options include Wordpress.com and Blogger.com, which come with templates that help you create a professional-looking layout. After posting your essays, promote them through social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. By building a following, you can even make money by selling ads to companies offering products related to your blog's content.
Books of Essays
Like literary journals, books of essays are another outlet for the literary-minded. Options include the "Chicken Soup" series, which started with "Chicken Soup for the Soul," a book filled with uplifting essays. The brand has since branched out to numerous niche titles that appeal to everyone from military families to mothers. That's just one option; there are hundreds if not thousands of other compilations put out by publishers, covering an array of topics. Use "Poets & Writers" and "Writer's Digest" to research publishers' essay compilations.
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