“Serious, and seriously entertaining, essays.” —Printers Row Journal

The Point is a magazine of essays and criticism founded on the suspicion that modern life is worth examining. Begun in 2009 by three graduate students at the University of Chicago, each issue contains essays, reviews and a symposium of responses to a question posed by the editors. The Point is published twice yearly and available to be ordered online or purchased in select bookstores. The website features content from our print issues, as well as original articles. Please click here to see our submission guidelines.


What People Are Saying…

The Point is consistently wise, provocative, intelligent, serious, and just. Can that be said of any other journal in America? I doubt it.”
     James Wood

“The Point should lift every sagging humanist spirit. It is intellectually serious, independent, far-reaching, spirited and elegant—a stirring act of resistance against the shrinkage of intellectual life in our culture of takeaways and metrics. This is what a journal of ideas should look like.”
     —Leon Wieseltier

“The Point is subtle and various, empathetic and argumentative, and more unexpected than it seems at first acquaintance.”
     —Times Literary Supplement

“Provocative and eclectic … You are really missing something if you don’t know about this publication.”
     —Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

“Notable both for its ambitious scope and pedigree. … Serious, and seriously entertaining, essays.”
     —Printers Row Journal

“It’s a joy to find it in the mailbox.”
     —Mark Lilla

Submission Guidelines

The Point welcomes submissions for the website and print journal. We will need drafts for our next print issue by October 15, 2015. The symposium for issue 11 will be on protest (What is protest for?). Proposals for reviews and essays on any topic are also welcome. Essays can be between 4000-7000 words, while reviews and symposium contributions can run anywhere from 1200-3000 words. Writers whose articles make it into the print magazine will be compensated. The website runs articles of any length but preferably of about 1500-3000 words. We publish on all topics but are especially happy to cover anything related to Chicago or the Midwest. We cannot respond to every submission, but will do our best to get back to you in a timely matter if we are interested. The Point does not publish fiction or poetry. Please click here to submit your work online for consideration.

Where to Buy The Point

The Point is now in bookstores, newstands, and libraries all over the world.  Please click here for a complete listing of stores.

Recommend The Point to Your Library

If you’d like your university or public library to carry The Point, please fill out this recommendation form and give it to your librarian.



The Editors
Jon Baskin
Jonny Thakkar
Etay Zwick

Managing Editor
Rachel Wiseman

Marie Otsuka
Etay Zwick

Art Editor
Emma Katz

Editorial Consultant
Gregory Freeman

Associate Editor
Ollie Cussen
Bea Malsky
Christopher Siegler
Rachel Wong

Jake Bittle
Austin Brown
Alex Jung

Hannah Nyhart

Editorial Board
Danielle Allen
Thomas Bartscherer
J. C. Gabel
Jonathan Lear
Mark Lilla
Martha Nussbaum
Geof Oppenheimer
Robert Pippin
Doug Seibold
Tom Stern
Rosanna Warren

Business Manager
Harry Backlund


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