Call for Submissions

The Year's Best Writing on What's Next for People, Technology, and the Planet

About the Series:

Focused on in-depth long-form journalism and essays, What Future tackles issues critical to our future: climate change and human migration, feminism and gender politics, digital rights and AI. From the food systems of the future and built-in environments to constantly evolving systems of justice and surveillance, what kind of future do we envision for people and the planet? The 2018 edition will be published in September of 2018.

About the Series Editors:

Meehan Crist is writer-in-residence in Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Previously she was editor-at-large at Nautilus and reviews editor at the Believer. She is the host of Convergence, a live show and podcast about the future.

Rose Eveleth is a producer, designer, writer and animator based in Brooklyn. Most recently she helped ESPN's award winning documentary series 30 for 30 launch their podcast and is currently the producer and host of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future.

Submissions Guidelines:
Deadline: April 15, 2018

Submissions should be made to with “What Future” included in the subject line.

We are seeking a varied collection of articles, essays, other forms of journalism (including profiles of thought leaders and scientists), and creative non-fiction published during the calendar year of 2017. We are primarily interested in long form, in-depth pieces that consider a given topic carefully.

  1. The original publication of the article must be in a nationally distributed North American publication (i.e., periodicals, collections, or anthologies, in print, online, or ebook form);
  2. The article/essay must be written in English and written by a writer who has made North America his or her home;
  3. Transcripts of audio pieces (podcasts, etc) are permitted;
  4. The form of the article/essay as submitted and published should be its original intent (e.g., no excerpts!);
  5. There are no word length restrictions, though we are primarily seeking long-form essays of between 5000 and 10,000 words;
  6. The article must be an original work of the author and published by someone else apart from the author (e.g., it cannot be self-published);
  7. The article must have been originally published between January 1 and December 31 of the eligibility year.