First Person Essay Guidelines
First Person essays may be written by University of Minnesota alumni, students, or faculty or staff members.
What we want:
Essays on any topic that give captivating accounts of personal experiences; fresh ideas and new perspectives; and rich detail and strong storytelling quality. We encourage essays that show that the writer was changed by the described experience. First Person essays run approximately 1,500 words.
What we don't want:
Opinion pieces; accounts of other people’s experiences; or responses to stories that have run in Minnesota.
How to submit an essay:
Send a draft or a short synopsis of a proposed essay to:
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55455
If the editors are interested in the essay, they will contact the writer and proceed with an assignment or suggestions for a rewrite. Payment, for first North American rights, is upon acceptance of finished essay.
Previously published First Person essays: