Common Ties is a site that pays for personal stories. Their website states " 2. Story type and themes.
No topic is off-limits. We look for personal stories that are in some way emotionally compelling - stories that make us gasp, giggle, cry, or cheer. Stories that do this can range from the subtle to the sensational, but tend to work better when describing a single event, rooted in a time and place, as opposed to a decades-long memoir. We always look for a hook toward the top of the story that hints at the outcome and holds suspense, compelling us to read more." And re: payment, " 3. Pay.
Common Ties pays for the stories it publishes. Our payment guideline is between $100 and $200 per story, but this is only a guideline. You may suggest a higher or lower amount depending on what you think is an acceptable level given the quality of the story and your past publishing experience. If you record your story you will be paid an additional $150 should your recording be accepted. Common Ties mails checks within 30 days of acceptance."
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