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.
Symposium: What is the earth for?
Every issue of The Point features a symposium of essays in response to the formulation “What is x for?” (e.g. “What is marriage for?” “What is privacy for?” “What is America for?”) For our Fall/Winter 2018 issue, we are seeking submissions for a symposium on the question “What is the earth for?” We are looking for a range of perspectives—from writers, scholars, environmentalists, philosophers, scientists, and people who work with the land (farmers, fishermen, miners, foresters, etc.)—that address our relationship with, and reliance on, the earth. Topics can include (but are not limited to): wilderness, intervention in nature (GMOs, fracking, industrial food production), conservation, farming, ecotourism, rural and urban spaces, global warming, resource, philosophical conceptions of the earth, space exploration, etc.
Submit first drafts by September 1st for consideration for publication in the fall/winter issue.
A symposium on criminal justice, punishment and mass incarceration
Every issue of The Point features a symposium of essays in response to the formulation “What is x for?” (e.g. “What is marriage for?” “What is privacy for?” “What is America for?”) For our summer 2018 issue, we are seeking submissions for what we hope will be a heavy-hitting and transformative range of responses to the question “What is prison for?” This question can be interpreted in many ways and from numerous perspectives—historical, personal, political, sociological, literary, philosophical, and prophetic/utopian (with an abolitionist vision in mind). We welcome responses of all kinds, and from varying political positions, provided they are thoughtful and persuasively argued, and are looking in particular for pieces that can provide a fresh perspective or long view of an issue that is hotly debated, and highly relevant, today. Essays should be between 1500-3000 words.
Submit essays by July 1 for consideration for publication in the summer/fall issue.