Top Publications for Personal Essays on Medium

Disclaimer: All personal essay publications are listed in no particular order and are subjective.

Leo Serafico
4 min readOct 17, 2019


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As far as I could tell, personal essays are the most popular niche here on Medium, and I’m on board with it.

Although I think Medium should cater more to other niches like creative fiction but that’s just me.

One of the reasons why I like writing on Medium is I can write whatever the hell I want and still make a couple of bucks from it.

Yes, no matter how personal it is.

I don’t know any platform that offers the same freedom. If you do, feel free to tell me on the responses. I always love new websites to tinker with, provided it’s actually good.

Here are my top publications for personal essays on Medium:

Human Parts

I’m going with the biggest publication for personal essays first. I have tried submitting twice on Human Parts, both rejected but it’s all good. It’s still one of the best there is.

Human parts is an in-house publication of Medium. As per its page, Human Parts is Medium’s home for personal stories and perspectives. From the mundane to the extraordinary to the downright weird, they’re there to explore what it means to be human.

They’re currently not accepting new writers but are still on scout patrol for well-written articles/stories that fit their pub — thank you to Stephanie Ulrich for the heads up!

They have over 130k followers on Medium. You can read their submission guidelines here.

P.S. I Love You

If I’m remembering things correctly, this is the second publication I’ve gotten into when I first started writing on Medium.

Here’s the piece that got into the pub for your reference: