Here’s What Runner’s World is Looking for in a Personal Essay

magazines_articleIn the first and second installments of our popular Personal Essay Markets series, we told you about 30 diverse pubs eager for your true-life tales.

In part three, we’ve got 15 more venues to share. Here, a Runner’s World editor gives her advice for pitching the popular mag:

Runner’s World — “Life & Times”
These essays about a running-related experience are open to a wide variety of voices (humorous, reflective, sentimental, etc.). Examples include how running helped a young adult with disabilities feel just like everyone else and how running with a little dog helped an expat overcome her fear of a big city.
Length: 500-600 words
Pay: $700 (generally)
Assigning editor: Christine Fennessy, CHRISTINE dot FENNESSY at RODALE dot COM
Fennessy’s advice: “Essays that work have a larger message. They aren’t just about your favorite run or something funny that happened on a run. The essays that work capture some insight that speaks to a broader audience.”

For more, including essay pitching tips for Saveur, read: Personal Essay Markets: Part III.

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@aneyafernando Aneya Fernando is digital projects manager at Adweek.