The Point is a magazine of philosophical writing that embodies two distinct but complementary convictions: on the one hand, that humanistic thinking has relevance for contemporary life; on the other, that our lives are full of experiences worth thinking about. We welcome submissions for our twice-yearly print journal, and for our website (www.thepointmag.com), which is updated continuously.
Each issue of the magazine has three sections: ESSAYS, SYMPOSIUM and REVIEWS. Our essays blend memoir, criticism and journalism to examine the ideas and beliefs that shape our world. The symposium is a collection of responses to a question chosen by the editors (e.g., What is protest for? What is marriage for? What is privacy for?). Reviews can be about pretty much anything at all. Print essays run between 4,000 and 7,000 words; reviews and symposium articles range in length from 1,500 to 3,000 words.
In addition to completed drafts we also accept proposals for reviews and essays. The website runs articles of any length but preferably of about 1,500-3,000 words. Contributors whose articles appear in the print magazine will be compensated. Please note that The Point does not publish fiction or poetry, although we gladly accept criticism about fiction and poetry.
Following Trump's election, there has been a revived interest in the place of comedy in politics (both on the left and right). How do jokes satire relate to political critique? What role does comedy play in providing a space outside of politics? Why do we laugh? When do jokes fall flat? The topic for our Issue 14 symposium, What is comedy for?, will encompass these questions and more. Submit drafts by May 1 for consideration in the summer issue.