Narratively publishes first-person pieces in both our Memoir and Secret Lives sections.


Secret Lives stories spotlight surprising and secretive jobs, pursuits and activities. Memoir stories offer intimate takes on what it means to be human, often touching on family, identity, and personal growth. Either way, we want an honest glimpse into your life, and through that, into a world we’d never have access to otherwise.

As with all Narratively stories, first-person submissions should be made up of compelling, vivid, active scenes. Bring us into the story with you, and let us see it unfold – rather than just telling us about it after the fact.

There should be a clear narrative arc – a beginning, a middle, and an end – that shows you developing a new or different perspective by the end of the piece. That is, we need more than just an account of something wild that happened to you; we need to see the impact that experience has had on your life.

Most of our first-person stories are in the 1,500 - 3,000 word range. Please note that we don't publish opinion pieces or poetry.

Some examples of first-person pieces we love:

My Childhood in an Apocalyptic Cult

Searching for the Nazi Who Saved My Mother's Life

Secret Life of a Search and Rescue Volunteer

Secret Life of a Devout Christian Dominatrix

I Went to the Hospital to Give Birth... And Tested Positive for Meth