Before being decided upon, Essay content may be edited for free by Essay Editor Amy Lungren, me, or a volunteer. Submission guidelines for Essays

Essays are published when they pass a vigorous review by a careful editor. None of our editors has ever received a bad essay. The editing process is often exhaustive and involves referencing references and interjecting analysis.

Anyone may read and comment on the essays (though they do not edit the essays).

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Don’t expect to agree with everything in our Forum. Submissions from our Forum will reflect all points of view, regardless of what they might be. For example, if someone submitted to our Forum the idea that the white supremacist party should organize and receive support as such, that opinion will be included in our Forum.

The views of our Forum do not reflect positions or opinions of The New York Times or the culture desk.

No opinion is strong enough to ensure that a submission will make it to our Forum. We do not edit submissions that do not get accepted.

We value your information so that it can be used to improve our work. As a result, it’s usually best to give your thoughts in writing.

By submitting an essay, you explicitly acknowledge that you are representing yourself, or an organization or organization as defined in our policies. Your essay will be reviewed by a supervisor or administrator responsible for reviewing entries to The Letters column. We may edit it for content or style, and incorporate it in an entry published to the Desk or to our Forums. You will receive a notification that your entry has been accepted. If your entry is accepted, the entry will be posted to The Letters column, and will then be published on our website. We may also use your essay on our website.

At The Times, we do not pay writers.

We know that this system can mean that the work of our contributors might not reach its intended audience. When an essay appears in The Times, we hope you will recommend it to readers who might not otherwise read about it.

In place of cash payments, we offer all contribution of any kind to our ground rules and contributors to our publication a chance to make a good initial impression. We aim to pay our employees whose work appears in The Times, and will charge a fee when they begin to receive payment for their work. If we cannot cover a contributor’s cost, we might make a financial contribution.