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The written word: Your personal essays

Here at CNN iReport, we tend to focus on photos and videos. But we’ve seen strong, well-written essay submissions that beautifully express personal stories as well. From a mom raising her kids without religion to a man struggling to overcome panic attacks, these iReporters have told their stories and sparked conversation with the written word. Their personal essays impressed us so much that we’d like to encourage more of them on the site.


So, here’s your chance: If you have a personal story* that you’d like to share with the world, write up your experience and share it here. Try to keep it to 1,000 words or less, and be sure to submit a photo of yourself – preferably one that’s relevant to the piece – to go along with your essay. You can also check out our handy essay-writing tips here and watch our roundtable here. The best-written and most compelling submissions could run with your byline on


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*If your essay tackles a parenting issue, please share it on our "Confessions from imperfect parents" page.


Please note: This assignment will focus on personal stories and life experiences. If you’d like to discuss the news of the day or share your thoughts on the issues, please visit Sound Off. And if you’d rather tell your story in pictures, check out our photo essays assignment.

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