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 one-of-a-kind personal experiences. In both sections, 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. 

Some examples of first-person pieces we love:

My Childhood in an Apocalyptic Cult

I Was Taught to Hate My Lesbian Neighbors. They Took Me In Anyway.

My Secret Life Tracking Down Debtors



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