Public Discourse accepts unsolicited, unpublished submissions that have not been submitted for possible publication elsewhere.
What kind of content are we looking for?
Original Essays: 1500-2000 words, making an extended argument about a complex topic.
First-person stories: 800-2000 words, offering a thoughtful point of view on an important topic, based on personal experience. These articles should demonstrate the real-world implications of the more abstract topics dealt with in classic PD essays.
Review/Response Essays: 1500-2000 words, evaluating a book and exploring its topic by advancing an original, thesis-driven argument in conversation with the book.
Book Notes: 300-500 words, briefly reviewing and critically evaluating a recently published book.
Pitches for potential book reviews, essays, or interviews.