You Might Need To Hear This

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
At one point or another, everyone has a story that someone needs to hear. We are an online journal and community publishing personal essays and poems. We look for pieces of writing someone would benefit from reading. We look for stories that will bring others together. Stories that will make us laugh and make us cry, inspire us to be better or pick up the pen ourselves. We look for poems written in the notes app on our phones and stories in the journals we've sworn we didn’t keep.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Victoria L Crowe
Contact Title
essays, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, audio, video
Submissions Policy
Poems and personal essays and opinion pieces are welcome. Essays should be between 500 and 3,000 words and submitted in some sort of word or google document. Please submit a third person author bio and photo. All submissions can be sent to [email protected]
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
25 - 30 weeks
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
ISBN Number
Number Of Issues Per Year
Average Page Views Per Month
Average Unique Visitors Per Month
Publish Print Anthology?
Victoria L Crowe
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I wanted to create a space where writers could share the words they felt others would benefit from reading so I started You Might Need To Hear This. After a year, I've confirmed everyone has a story that someone else needs to hear.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Our staff is made up of a best friend / roommate duo: Victoria Crowe: founder and editor-in chief and Kay Rodriguez: Social Media and Marketing Manager. Both are unpaid but passionate.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Be genuine, don't worry about following a formula.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
All submissions are read by staff. Copy edits are made if necessary.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for true, genuine stories whether that is in the form of poetry or prose. We look for stories that someone else will benefit from reading.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read some of the pieces we have up on our site to get an idea of what we're interested in, but most importantly get personal and be true to your story.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We love forming friendships with our writers!
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our ideal reader is anyone who is inspired to pick up the pen and write down their own story.