Dissent is looking for political writers

June 4, 2022

Posted by Margarita Sanabria

Pitches accepted until July 1, 2022. Dissent magazine is launching a program to publish emerging writers and new voices. Accepted applicants will work closely with a member of our editorial board to refine their work prior to publication.


Dissent is a quarterly magazine of politics and ideas. Founded in 1954, it quickly established itself as one of America’s leading intellectual journals and a mainstay of the democratic left. Dissent publishes the very best in political argument, and take pride in cultivating the next generation of labor journalists, cultural critics, and political polemicists.


Pitches should show a familiarity with Dissent and should be grounded in left politics and critique. Reported features, essays, cultural criticism, and book reviews are all welcome. No fiction, please.


  • A developed pitch of the article you’d like to write. Pitches should include a description of why you’re the person to write this piece.
  • A writing sample that shows you at your best. It can be a previously published article, a paper for a class, or something you’ve come up with just for this. Our judgment will be based on the quality of the piece, not where it comes from.
  • Please submit your pitch and cover letter with the subject line “Emerging Writers Pitch.”


  • $.50/word for pieces up to 2,000 words and will also be awarded an additional stipend for expenses.


For more information, visit their website.

Before applying, review submission guidelines. Email all questions and submissions to:

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