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Point, The


Medium: Print and Online


Genres Accepted: nonfiction, reviews

Established: 2009



The Point is a Chicago-based print journal publishing rigorous but accessible writing about contemporary life.”

Payment: None


Started by three students at University of Chicago’s graduate program, the Committee on Social Thought, The Point is a journal of ideas published twice a year. One of the founders described the journal’s impetus: “we felt frustration that there really weren’t forums for us to write about ideas we were learning about as active forces in our lives and cultures. In graduate school you wind up writing about what Heidegger thought about what Hegel thought about Plato, and you never get to the point—which is how does this idea speak to us today? How does it explain our lives?”


The Point has intellectual prestige being connected to the University of Chicago (although there is no official connection) but it also contains a diverse range of accessible articles. For example, articles on Facebook, David Foster Wallace, the American meat industry, and a review of the Creation Museum each combine philosophical probing with sympathetic insight into what these topics say about our culture and ourselves.

Good for New Writers:

Yes—it’s worth a shot. Many of the articles are written by graduate students, and the topics covered are pertinent to college students and young people. Definitely worth a read, and a submission if you like what you see.

Calvin Connection:


Hekman Availability: Not available

Submission Instructions:

The Point welcomes submissions for the website and print journal. The website will be running essays ranging from 1500-3000 words on contemporary arts and culture—we are especially happy to publish anything relating to the Chicago theater or visual art scene. For the print journal, contributors should keep in mind that we have three sections: essays, a symposium and reviews. Essays can be between 4000-7000 words, while reviews can be anywhere from 1000-2500 words. Proposals for articles should be sent to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line, “Submission.” Please include a detailed description of your proposal and writing samples if possible. The Point does not publish fiction or poetry.”


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