bioStories Literary Magazine

bioStories is dedicated to presenting outstanding nonfiction consistent with our mission of "sharing the extraordinary in ordinary lives". We feature new essays every week. Scroll below or use the menu above to read this week's featured essay, other recently published essays, and all of our archived semi-annual issues.


bioStories offers word portraits of the people surrounding us in our daily lives, of the strangers we pass on the street unnoticed and of those who have been the most influential and most familiar to us but who remain strangers to others. We feature essays from an eclectic variety of viewpoints and seek out writers of literary excellence. We particularly look for work that offers slices of a life that help the reader imagine the whole of that life, work that demonstrates that ordinary people's experiences often contain extraordinary moments, visionary ideas, inspirational acts, and examples of success and failure that prove instructive. In short, we believe every life displays moments of grace. bioStories wishes to share pieces of these lives and celebrate them.

View the pieces of the lives presented here as portraits, sketches, tributes, memories, remembrances ... pieces of lives that enrich our experience for having shared them. We ask writers to, as Toni Morrison has said, "Imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar." Share a life. Introduce us to someone we don't yet know.

The website shares four such essays with readers at any given momen, featuring new work weekly. All the work every presented in the magazine is available through our archives and through links on our contributor's pages.

For writers thinking about contributing their work, please view our full submission guidelines.

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