We’re always looking for good content at The Rumpus, but we’re focused on publishing good writing. Good writing and good ideas are not always the same thing. A topic for an essay might sound horrendous but if a writer is in love with the idea enough she’ll often render something beautiful. We try to maintain high standards even though we don’t have any money and can’t pay for writing.

We’re interested in seeing finished essays that intersect culture. We realize it’s a lot to ask for people to to write something without knowing if it will be published. On the other hand if you aren’t driven by the story so much that you have to write it then it’s probably not a good fit for The Rumpus.

It’s okay to pitch interviews, book reviews, and film reviews, otherwise we’re really only interested in finished pieces until we get to know you. 

Response time can vary from a few days to a few months. Please allow 3 months before sending submission status queries. Your patience is appreciated.