Submission Guidelines New York Times Lives Essay

The New York Times accepts opinion articles on any topic, for the Op-Ed page (Monday through Saturday), the Sunday Review, our Opinionator and other online series, and the International New York Times (which is edited out of Paris, London and Hong Kong).

Articles typically run from 400 to 1,200 words, but submissions of any length will be considered. All submissions must be original, and exclusive to The Times. We will not consider articles that have already been published, in any form, in print or online. Submissions may be sent by email to

Unfortunately, because the number of submissions is so large, we have to pass on much material of value and interest, and cannot reply to all submissions. If you do not hear from us within three business days, please assume that we will not be able to use your article. You should then feel free to offer it elsewhere.

Op-Ed and You

Trish Hall, the former Op-Ed and Sunday Review editor, explains how the page works. She writes: "Anything can be an Op-Ed. We're not only interested in policy, politics or government. We're interested in everything, if it's opinionated and we believe our readers will find it worth reading."

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UPDATE: Because of the strong response to this announcement, the deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 (11:59 p.m. Eastern).

Let’s be honest. There aren’t a ton of college students and recent grads around the newsroom at The New York Times. That’s a problem! Your voices need to be heard if we’re going to better understand what's important to you.

We want to explore issues that you and your friends would like to see in The Times. We want to provide a platform for your stories and perspectives. To accomplish both of these goals, we need more of, well, you!

That’s why we’re looking for five writers to be contributors for The Edit, a New York Times newsletter for students and people starting their careers.

This year, we hope to spotlight an essay by one of the contributors in each issue of the newsletter. One week this piece might be about something in the news and the next it might be about something in their lives. Each contributor will write for The Edit several times throughout the year.

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