In general, we have a 6,000-word maximum for prose.
Though we do sometimes publish classic memoir or essays that take as their subject matter an autobiographical experience, we're increasingly interested in essays that, often but not necessarily with a first-person narrator, offer a decided point of view on an external topic (immunization, prayer, rain, the Boer War, pleasure). Such an essay might involve research, or meld together journalistic or historical inquiry with literary writing, or otherwise fall between traditional categories. In other words, we see a lot of essays in which the writer learns something about herself, but we are increasingly interested in essays in which she learns something about the world.
We also welcome email queries on whether we feel piece is appropriate for our pages:
- General nonfiction queries: creative Nonfiction Editor Lauren Winner, email@example.com
- Proposals for interviews with accomplished writers and artists: Editor in Chief James K.A. Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Profiles of living filmmakers, musicians, composers, and artists in other media: Culture Editor Nick Ripatrazone, email@example.com.
- Profiles of or interviews with living visual artists: Visual Arts Editor Aaron Rosen, firstname.lastname@example.org
We don’t publish essays on artists and writers who are no longer living, unless they are also personal or otherwise contemporary-facing essays in significant measure. We don’t publish scholarly or academic essays.
We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.