The Market Herald’s Art of the Essay, which covers commentary, analysis and opinion, publishes work from a variety of contributors. Some pieces we commission, others are chosen from those submitted to us.

Should you wish to send us an essay for consideration, the first step would be to familiarise yourself with the content we have already published. We’re not necessarily interested in breaking news (although hot-takes on current events are very much welcome), nor are we interested in traditional-style journalism grounded in strict objectivity.

What we want to see are deep dives into interesting topics, new ways of thinking about the world and the people around us, and rational and insightful opinions that challenge our readers in constructive ways. All these things fall under the broader umbrella of great writing, and great writing is what we want above all else.

This article — Why is the Art of the Essay important? — explains the general sense of the segment in greater detail.

While we generally prefer essays under the 2000-word mark, we are also open to publishing bigger and more ambitious pieces under the right circumstances. It is important, however, that the work is original and has not already been published elsewhere — in any form or in any language.

Art of the Essay is run by a small team. We will always endeavour to respond to all submissions in a timely manner, but due to occasionally significant volumes it can take up to a couple of weeks for us to get back to you. If you have not had a response within a month, please do contact us again — it may be the case that your submission was inadvertently overlooked somewhere along the line.

In addition to complete essays, we’re also open to pitches, in which case we will ask for examples of previous work so we can get a feel for your writing. Our editors are more than happy to work with you where they can to shape your idea into something suitable for publishing.

It’s important to note here that receipt of a submission or pitch does not guarantee publication or — by extension — payment.

We look forward to reading your work.