Call for Submissions: The Root Wants Your Story

Would you like to write an essay for The Root's My Thing Is column? Here’s how.

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We know there's endless diversity within the black experience and endless stories that are best told by the people who live them. For My Thing Is, a personal-essay franchise featuring members of The Root's community, we want yours.

Do you have a complicated identity or an unusual background? A fascinating career or an inspirational path to success? A weird hobby? A jaw-dropping confession? A hilarious adventure? A life that defies stereotypes or illuminates an under-addressed experience?

Tell us about it.

This is not an op-ed but a personal essay. So be yourself. Make us cry, make us laugh or fascinate us. Tell us, in your own voice, why your story matters.

Send pieces of no more than 700 words, plus a one-sentence biography, contact information, your Twitter handle and a photo of yourself, to

We'll contact you if we select your story for publication.

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