Where to Send a 5k-word Deeply Personal Essay?

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Hi all. A friend of mine has written a deeply personal 5,000-word essay about living as a thirty-something parent with memories of childhood sexual abuse. The piece is witty and intelligent, written in a strong but vulnerable feminist voice, and it utterly broke my heart. I'm trying to encourage my friend to submit it somewhere, but as a writer primarily of fiction, I don't know where a piece like this would fit.

Any suggestions?
 

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It so happens I have just subscribed to a thing called Memoir Monday, an emailed weekly essay, and their blurb reads:

A weekly newsletter and monthly reading series co-curated by Narratively, Catapult, Granta, Guernica, The Rumpus, Longreads and Tin House. We've brought together the heavy-hitters of online memoir to provide the very best new first-person writing all in one place, so you'll always be well-read and in the know.

So I would suggest your friend (and you?) check out those publications and read a bit and see if you think friend's piece would be a fit.
 

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Great idea, Kylabelle! Thank you very much. This was exactly the type of idea I was seeking!
 

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Good luck to your friend!
 

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I would definitely recommend she submit to Longreads - good quality writing and they're not afraid of a 5,000-word piece.
 

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I'm so glad you've got some great feedback above on places to submit - I appreciate this is long after the fact for OP, but in case anyone else sees this and is looking for advice...

Be careful about the confessional; Slate did a great article called The First-Person Industrial Complex a while back about how (primarily young, enthusiastic, desperate to get the foot in the door) writers share deeply private stories in a bid to get published, only to find that the internet is forever and the mileage for your career is not.

Not a reason not to publish, just a caution and something to think about. It's wonderful to have a piece of yourself that's so personal and you've found a way to express in words that feel right, just make sure that you've taken any steps you need to make you comfortable with sharing it to the general public.
 

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Creative Nonfiction Magazine has a monthly publication, True Story, a 5000 to 10,000 word essay. You might read a couple to see if it's a good fit.
 

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