Newlines Magazine publishes a wide range of essays on topics pertaining to the United States, the Middle East, and beyond. Before you submit an essay pitch, please consider whether the subject matter is likely to be of interest to us, and which Newlines storytelling format best fits your piece.

We interpret the Middle East expansively, from the Atlantic to Central and South Asia. But our remit is not bound by geography, and we feature work from all parts of the world. Submissions about international stories or from other areas are strongly encouraged.

Our publication formats include the following:

  • Dispatches that constitute original reporting in an area or country of interest
  • Arguments that set forth a policy proposal
  • Notebook essays that include elements of personal reflection and memoir
  • Literary quality writing around a relevant theme
  • Arts and culture review
  • Photo essays

In general, Arguments should be between 1,000 to 1,500 words, while Essays should ideally range between 2,000 and 2,500 words, but can be longer for exceptional submissions.

Pitches and submissions should be sent electronically to: [email protected]

Submissions by writers from the region are strongly encouraged. We privilege direct experience, first-hand knowledge, and expertise. A Newlines story should have at the heart of it real experience and direct insights.

We are particularly interested in pitches that interpret political and social movements, that reference the literary history of the region, or those anchored by historical events.

If you plan on submitting a pitch to Newlines, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Make sure it lays out the central theme of the piece in clear and concise language.
  • Avoid jargon.
  • Indicate a prospective submission date.

We do not use hyperlinks or academic citations. Standard copyright terms apply for freelance contributions. Once a submission is accepted, it will undergo the standard editing process.