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.


Your weekly listing of off-Medium opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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Back at it! Another great batch of openings for your work this week. Most of the openings I’ve announced over the last few weeks are still open, so make sure you’re checking out previous weeks’ announcements as well. You can find them all here.

Also, ICYMI, I’m hosting a writing contest right here in Tell Your Story. Cash prizes included (as long as you can accept PayPal). Check out the announcement here:

As always, please let me know if you submit to any of the opportunities below… I’d love to hear about it! …


I don’t even care that you’re dog people. You’re evil.

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I’ve seen you walking your dogs around the neighborhood. Almost every day for the last 17 years, ever since we built this house in a far-south suburb of Indianapolis.

The dogs have changed over the years. You have three now.

And you’ve both changed over the years as well. As have I. Looks like you’re nearing retirement, maybe not quite. I’ve got less hair, more pounds. You both look like you’ve put on some weight, too, although all the dog walking has helped.

We’ve had two different dogs over the years we’ve lived here, with a three-year gap between them. Just enough time to get over the “I’ll never have a dog again” heartbreak of saying goodbye to a dog. …


Your weekly listing of off-Medium opportunities in creative nonfiction.

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I’m getting great response to these, so I’m going to keep it rolling! Every week brings new opportunities for writers. There’s a great big writing world out there off-Medium, and I want to make sure you know about it.

Meanwhile, don’t forget that I want to publish your great creative nonfiction as well, right here in Tell Your Story. Check out what we’ve published so far. Truly outstanding pieces.

On that note… stay tuned. I’m almost ready to announce Tell Your Story’s Spring Writing Contest.


A weekly listing of paying and non-paying markets for creative nonfiction.

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Welcome to week #3! So far, weeks 1 & 2 have combined to offer 37 paying and 71 non-paying writing opportunities. That’s a lot of great places off-Medium for your work.

Don’t sleep on the non-paying journals! Many of them don’t pay, because they don’t need to. Getting published with them is the kind of exposure that gets your book deals and other writing gigs — agents pay attention to these.

Most of the opportunities from weeks 1 & 2 are still open. Check them out below.

Week 1 (Dec 28):

Week 2 (Jan 4), paying:

Week 2 (Jan 4)…


Don’t overlook this list… some of these can lead to book deals.

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Alright, here’s part 2… part 1 contained Paying market info. This week’s lists were so long, I decided to split them into two posts. Here’s a link to the Paying market info (part 1):

Alright, on to the Non-Paying… there are some GREAT, PRESTIGIOUS titles in here. They don’t pay, because they don’t have to in order to attract the best writers.

Journals like Riverteeth and Salt Hill can lead to book deals, so don’t overlook this list!!

Good luck and happy publishing! Reminder… these lists are for creative nonfiction, but many of these same calls include fiction and poetry. …


Your weekly listing of paying and nonpaying markets for creative nonfiction.

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With the calendar reset comes a SLEW of writing opportunities. So many that I’m splitting this week’s update into 2 posts — 1 for paying markets and the other for nonpaying. I’m starting with the paying markets, and will link the nonpaying list here when I have it done. :)

Jan 6 update: Done! Here it is:

Still… the list below is LONG. Go brew a cup of coffee and settle in.

By the way, if you get published in one of these, I’d love to hear about it. …


A weekly listing of paying and non-paying markets for creative nonfiction.

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There’s a whole “off Medium” world of publishing options for great writers. Many of these opportunities are quite happy to pay for your words, while others come with great bylines and publishing credentials.

This article is the first of a weekly listing of such opportunities. Check out the links below to see if your work might be a good fit. When I could find it, I’ve included relevant submission instructions.

Follow me and subscribe to Tell Your Story to make sure you’re getting the latest updates.

Publishing can be a daunting and intimidating world, but I’m trying to make it easier to navigate. If you’d like more direct support, please check out my services here or send me an email at chris@writing-coaching.com. …


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I can’t see my feet through the murky water.

The adult-sized lifejacket slides its way upwards until it digs into my armpits, and I grab it just above the top buckle and tug it downwards back into place. It starts its journey back up.

The kids’ lifejackets are snug on me now. You handed one to me while you were convincing me to go out on the sailboat with you, but I swapped it for a larger one when you weren’t looking.

“You won’t tip it over?”

“I won’t.”

“You promise?”

“I do.”

I tread water. Not because I need to with the lifejacket on, but because the movement keeps the piranhas away. People that live around the lake, you like to tell me, they buy piranhas as pets. But then they get tired of feeding them, it gets expensive, so they dump them in the lake. Don’t ever get in the water with even a hangnail. They’ll smell blood and be all over you before you know it.


What we’re looking for and how to submit.

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Thanks for visiting Tell Your Story.

We’re striving to be the home of the best creative nonfiction and personal essays on Medium.

We’re not an advice publication. Or a personal development publication. We don’t publish stories about quitting your day job so you can pursue your side hustle. You won’t find any tips and tricks for getting the most out of your morning routine here.

In fact, you won’t find any tips and tricks for anything here.

So what will you find?

Great writing. Stories that touch your emotions. Stories that don’t always wrap things up in a nice tidy bow. …

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Lifelong learner, trying to share some of it. Coaching writers at https://www.coach.me/chris11873?ref=QOvEv. Or reach out at Chris@writing-coaching.com

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