Submit to Public Seminar

All work published in Public Seminar is edited, and is subject to fact-checking: please include links to any source that has informed your work.

While Public Seminar does review full submissions, if you are writing specifically for us we recommend that you send us a pitch first. Submissions and pitches should be sent to

The following conditions apply to both solicited and unsolicited submissions:

  • Please include your name, your email address, the title/affiliation you wish to be identified with; and a provisional title for your essay in the top left-hand corner.
  • Authors must submit a short (one-sentence) bio, a headshot and, if applicable, a Twitter handle to be published with their submission.
  • Essays and reviews should be 800-2000 words and written for a general audience. We do occasionally consider a longer piece.  Submissions must be in Microsoft Word. We do not normally print footnotes or citations: if you believe your work requires them, please explain why. 
  • Public Seminar is not an image-heavy platform. Please check with us before submitting an essay that depends on numerous images or on videos. We only publish images to which we have legal rights.
  • Normally, we do not accept an essay that is also under consideration elsewhere. Please let us know if this is a simultaneous submission. 
  • Public Seminar does reprint essays published elsewhere, as well as selections from books. Publication is contingent on authors demonstrating that they can assign rights, or Public Seminar obtaining those rights independently.
  • A member of the editorial team will review all pitches and full submissions and contact an author within a week.
  • The publication of submissions is contingent on the timely completion of revisions by the author.
  • Your editor will work with you on setting deadlines.
  • Authors may suggest a title or subtitle, but Public Seminar reserves the right to choose any titles and images.
  • All essays published in Public Seminar become the property of Public Seminar, subject to a Creative Commons license. We only remove essays for cause, such as the discovery that an essay is unfactual, plagiarized, or defamatory. We do not remove essays because the author no longer supports the views they have published on our platform.
  • Public Seminar regrets that it cannot pay its authors at this time.