Dear Globe and Mail reader,
Facts & Arguments wants to hear from you, no matter who you are or where you live. The Essay on the F&A page gives Globe readers such as yourself a chance to let other Globe readers know what's on your mind, just as though you were catching up over coffee, at a virtual water-cooler or chatting over the back fence.
Before submitting an essay to Facts & Arguments, it's a good idea to read the page for a while, just to see the kind of essays that are being published. Often a good essay isn't accepted because there has recently been an essay on that same topic.
Facts & Arguments essays should be personal and not political. The preferred method of delivery is e-mail, with submissions sent both as an attachment and as part of the message (in case we can't open the attachment).
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd prefer, you can always mail your submission to Facts & Arguments, The Globe and Mail, 444 Front St. W., Toronto, ON, M5V 2S9
We prefer to consider one essay at a time from any given writer: Rather than send a number of essays and asking us to choose, it's best if you choose your favourite essay to submit. Any one writer can appear a maximum of four times a year on the Facts & Arguments page. There is no payment if your essay is accepted for publication. The Globe assumes first print rights and electronic rights for unsolicited submissions; writers retain copyright.
Essays should be between 800 and 1,000 words. It's a good idea to stay within that range and get it to where you're happy with it rather than saying in a cover letter, "I know it's too long (or too short) but if you like it I would be pleased to cut it (add to it)."
While we're always on the lookout for fresh ideas and will gladly help a writer with a great idea that's not yet being accurately expressed, the essays that are usually selected are those that are the closest to being fully formed.
If your essay is selected for publication, you should hear from The Globe within one month.
Seasonal essays should be submitted at least three to four weeks before the event, so the submission can be considered and, if accepted, an illustration can be commissioned: It's not the best idea to send an essay with a Christmas theme on Dec. 24.
An essay goes beyond a rant or an anecdote. A good essay often involves an observation about a person, a situation or yourself, an analysis of that observation that might lead to a change of mind or a different perspective, and an extrapolation to a larger truth or a bigger question. And remember: Essays are non-fiction and they're true. We're unable to consider short stories or creative non-fiction.
Although requests are considered on a case-by-case basis, anonymity and pseudonyms are extremely rare.
Ultimately, we look for a quality best expressed by Rust Hills, one-time fiction editor of Esquire magazine: essays with "originality of perception and utterance" that offer a turn on the kaleidoscope of Canadian lives.