Although Modern Love has developed into a podcast, a e book, a TV present and Tiny Love Stories in its 16 years, the column’s central mission stays the identical: to publish trustworthy private essays about up to date relationships.
We search true tales on discovering love, shedding love and attempting to hold love alive. We welcome essays that discover topics corresponding to adoption, polyamory, expertise, race and friendship — something that would fairly match underneath the heading “Modern Love.” Ideally, essays ought to spring from some central dilemma you may have confronted. It is useful, however not important, for the state of affairs to mirror what is occurring on the earth now.
The finest means to see the vary of kinds and topics we publish is to learn the column and pay attention to the podcast. There’s a Google doc of ideas from the editor that somebody culled from the Modern Love Facebook web page (some particulars are old-fashioned, however almost all the recommendation remains to be typically relevant).
Love could also be common, however particular person experiences can differ immensely and learn by elements together with race, socio-economic standing, gender, incapacity standing, nationality, sexuality, age, faith and tradition. We particularly encourage Black and Indigenous individuals and different individuals of colour to submit, in addition to writers exterior of the United States and those that determine as members of L.G.B.T.Q communities.
How do I submit?
Limit your essay to 1,500-1,700 words.
Attach your essay as a Microsoft Word-compatible doc and paste the text into the body of the email. If your first submission is incomplete, please resubmit one complete entry; do not submit just the missing pieces in additional emails.
Essays must be entirely true. Do not use pseudonyms (including for yourself), composite characters or invented situations or scenes. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Essays must be previously unpublished. Work that has appeared online — on another news website, a personal blog, Medium or elsewhere — is considered previously published.
Essays will be edited in consultation with writers, and writers will be compensated for work that is published.
We attempt to respond to every submission within three or four months, though response times may vary because of the high volume of submissions. There is no need to follow up.
PLEASE NOTE: Modern Love has two submission periods, September through December and March through June. We do not accept submissions in July, August, January or February. Submissions made during those months will be deleted unread. Please submit again when the inbox reopens.