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What are some good online journals for up-and-coming journalists?

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I'm a freshman in high school and I'm very passionate about a career in writing. I write a lot of poetry but have been dabbling for creative non-fiction and have 4 more years to figure out my exact style.
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Matt’s Answer

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Hi Quin,


There's a wonderful writer of creative non-fiction from Oakland named Carvell Wallace (http://www.carvellwallace.com/). Check out his site and Twitter (https://twitter.com/carvellwallace) to find some of the stories he's written for places like The New York Times Magazine and GQ.


A few online publications you can look into:


California Sunday Magazine (https://www.californiasunday.com/)

The Paris Review (https://www.theparisreview.org/)

Tin House (https://tinhouse.com/)


I also recommend listening to non-fiction writers talk about their process on the Longform Podcast. Here's a great episode with Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah (https://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-rachel-kaadzi-ghansah-on-a-most-american-terrorist-the-making-of-dylann-roof).


There are also a number of poets who spend part of their time on non-fiction essays. You can read about a few here: https://lithub.com/5-writers-who-blur-the-boundary-between-poetry-and-essay/


My personal favorite writer of creative non-fiction is Wesley Morris. You can find his work here: https://www.nytimes.com/by/wesley-morris


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Laura’s Answer

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What are you interested in and what do you like to write about? I would suggest launching your own blog through WordPress or another platform to delve deeper into your favorite subjects. Then, find online magazines that specialize in your field of interest and familiarize yourself with their writing style -- many accept outside submissions and will provide you with submission guidelines that specify what they want to see. Reach out to their editors with some topic suggestions you'd like to develop for them and see what happens!


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