Erraticus is always interested in thoughtful submissions. We accept well-considered and well-written pieces focused on human flourishing, ranging from arts and entertainment to tech, science, religion, and culture. We believe that art, culture, technology, and ideas matter as much as they empower individuals and communities to live well.
We write to challenge dogma, fundamentalism, and ideological hubris, aspiring to transcend our moral tribes. We are a town square inviting our many communities to practice a philosophy of neighborliness.
What Do I Submit?
We publish non-fiction submissions which take an abstract idea, cultural phenomenon, or new technology, and enlighten readers about the subject while focusing on the practical consequences of it. Ideas shouldn’t merely be interesting. We tend to view language and concepts mainly as tools for tackling existential challenges.
We care about ideas that work when applied to lived experience.
Erraticus will not publish substantive changes to your draft without your approval. However, consistent with publishing convention, we assume primary responsibility for the packaging and presentation of your piece, including title and image. We reserve the right to edit all submissions for clarity.
We also publish poetry.
How Do I Submit?
Submit articles and essays to firstname.lastname@example.org in MS Word format or Google docs, with “Title of Article, Author Name” as the subject line. Please include a sentence or two explaining the main idea of the submission and a brief bio we can use to identify you to our readers.
Please don’t take things personally if we decline your submission. There are various reasons articles may not be a good fit for us at a certain time.
What Else Are You Looking for in Submissions?
Exceptional submissions will have the following:
- The “Big Four.” Accepted pieces tend to fit into one of four categories; craft something based on a book you’ve written or research you’ve conducted; use your expertise to interpret a recent trend or news event; offer a solution to a common concern or problem; share a personal experience that is likely to interest many people.
- Be compelling. Stand out. Think about whether this is an essay you would click on, email to friends, or share on social media. Consider which lines you would quote from the article when you share it.
- Length. We publish short-form pieces (“Ideas”), which range from 700-1500 words and long-form pieces (“Essays”), which can be up to 2700 words. Essays tend to address more complex topics or include more narrative-driven content. Ideas lean toward brief introduction of a topic or consider limited aspects of it.
- Documentation. We want to see documented facts and quotations, with attributions incorporated into the text with URLs (no endnotes or footnotes). You should incorporate hyperlinks to sources for any important factual assertions that you make.
- Tone. We are looking for a specific timbre. Imagine you are talking to a group of people who would feel comfortable and engaged by an early-level graduate course in the humanities. While we don’t want to lose your unique voice, we want the tone and style to remain humble but authoritative, provocative but diplomatic, accessible but intellectually-challenging. Reach the heart and the mind.
- Audience first. Write with a specific reader in mind. The best way to organize the piece is to start with a brief set-up that hooks the reader, answer a few big questions they’ll likely have on the subject, include a counter-perspective, and close emphatically. Connect back to the original hook or end with a witty line.
- Varying paragraph and sentence lengths. Digital reading is different from print. Paragraphing should be frequent, and a single paragraph should not be more than three to five sentences. Breaking up long paragraphs will greatly improve readability. Juxtaposing short sentences next to longer ones avoids monotonous writing—and adds emphasis.
- Include subheadings. Subheadings help the reader navigate your prose (and helps you better structure your writing).
- Bios and pics. Please add your preferred biography and include a hi-resolution picture of yourself. This will save the editorial team time.
- Transparency. Prospective authors are expected to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest, including but not limited to any financial interest in any product, firm, or commercial venture relevant to their submission. A note at the end of the submission will suffice.
We’ll acknowledge receipt of your submission usually within a day. If you do not hear from our editorial team after a few days, please feel free to offer it to another publication.
We consider pieces which have already been published elsewhere, particularly those which have been modified to align with our standards.