As a magazine of ideas, we are looking for first-rate essays and opinion pieces on intellectual issues of broad interest to an academic audience and beyond. These essays can range from 500 words to 2,500 words. We also are interested in personal essays of no more than 1,200 words for our Observer page. Please do not send us manuscripts submitted elsewhere. We do not use any articles submitted to, accepted by, or published by another publication.
Articles should be written in a clear, informal style free of jargon. We follow journalistic style, so please do not use footnotes or citations. The decision to accept or reject a manuscript rarely takes more than two weeks and will occur much more quickly if the subject is timely. We edit all opinion pieces before they are published so that they conform to our editorial style and standards of readability. Each author has an opportunity to review and approve the edited version of the manuscript before it appears in print. The editors decide where and when the piece will be published. In some cases, articles may appear only on our Web site. Although we welcome unsolicited manuscripts, we do not accept opinion pieces that respond to pieces we have already published. Responses to material in our pages or on our Web site should be in the form of letters to the editor or in online comments. Letters may be shortened for print publication, and some letters may appear only online. Guidelines for submissions to Point of View and Commentary: We are happy to review articles or proposals for articles about issues and policies affecting higher education. Opinion pieces should be written about issues of interest to a broad range of readers. Commentary and Point of View essays should have a timely peg, a specific point of view, and a well-argued, boldly stated opinion. We will also consider essays that explore some aspect of the larger academic community through the authors personal experience. All Commentary and Point of View essays are limited to 1,000 words. Longer pieces will not be considered for publication. They should be written in a conversational tone. Although our audience is largely of the academy, we are not an academic journal. All facts and data should be sourced in parenthesis following the statements; please do not use footnotes or endnotes. Do not use jargon, pedagogical or otherwise. A query about a possible essay should include the author
High School Diploma or GED
Based on experience