The Pedestrian invites submissions of "familiar" or "personal" essays. Essays on any subject are welcome, but we prefer essays that relate to a theme from one of our issues (see our editorial calendar below). Our themes are broad and we do not expect that an essay, which is often digressive by nature, will explore a theme exhaustively. In some cases the theme may remain in the background of the essay or may be tangential to the main subject.
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In addition to original essays, The Pedestrian also publishes historical and contemporary reprints and translations. The editor welcomes your recommendations for material that would nicely suit a forthcoming issue. The familiar essay has a long history with many precursors written in many languages. In addition, there are related types of writing such as letters, lectures, character sketches, dialogues, and diary entries.
The editor invites correspondance from readers, either on the editorial blog or emailed to email@example.com.
Not familiar with the personal essay genre? See here for our list of introductory resources.