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Submission Guidelines

We are a weekly journal of left/liberal opinion, covering national and international affairs as well as the arts. The magazine goes to press on Wednesdays.

We run two types of news items: comments (approximately 750 words), which are brief analyses of news developments, e.g., a Supreme Court decision or a change of government in Mexico; and articles (typically 1500-2500 words), which combine reporting and analysis to provide in-depth looks at issues.

On the domestic front, we are particularly interested in civil liberties, civil rights, labor, economics, environmental and feminist issues and politics. Because we have readers all over the country, it's important that stories have national significance. In our foreign affairs coverage, we are interested in pieces on international political, economic and social developments. We are strongly committed to investigative reporting. We are always interested in new writers; we published Ralph Nader's first piece.

Queries can be sent using our online form.

Our standard payment for a comment is $150; for an article $350-$500 depending on length. Payment for arts pieces is dependent on length; generally $225 and up. In special cases, we will do all we can to assist writers in obtaining research grants to make ambitious projects possible.

Please do not phone with queries as we will only ask you in that case to submit a written query.

Poetry Submissions:

Please see our Poetry Submission Guidelines.