1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology is a constantly-growing collection of original essays on important philosophical topics, figures and traditions. These essays are introductions rather than argumentative articles, although arguments or preferred positions on issues are sometimes suggested.

We’re always looking for authors to contribute. If you’re interested in contributing a 1000-word essay (or essays) on a philosophical topic that interests you and that you think would interest our readers, please email us. Please either send us your full essay for review, or an essay proposal, or any other inquiries regarding the appropriateness and desirability of your topic and approach.


We are especially interested in essays on topics frequently addressed in introductory courses, as well as topics that are difficult to cover in introductory courses because the relevant literature is difficult for beginning students. We especially welcome material addressing under-represented philosophical traditions, including global philosophy, philosophy of race, LGBTQIA issues, and more, as well as submissions on all topics by women and members of other under-represented populations.

An incomplete list of desired essays is available here.

We are open to the possibility of multiple essays on the same topic, since there are always many useful ways of addressing any philosophical issue.

A Call for Papers flyer is available here. A graphic of that Call is below, suitable for saving and sharing.


The style of essays published by 1000-Word Philosophy is best seen by reading the essays themselves. We strive to publish essays that are radically concise, extremely clear, well-organized, and inviting. Each serves as an ideal introduction to the problem, question, issue or figure. Essays should be clear and understandable to readers with little to no philosophical background. We hope the essays serve as a springboard for informed discussion and debate and a basis for further learning on the topics.

Acceptance Rate

We publish approximately 10% of essays that are submitted, usually after substantial revisions and editing.

Most, but not all, of our published essays are by professors of philosophy or advanced graduate students in philosophy. 

Essays published at 1000-Word Philosophy are peer-reviewed publications. 


A submission template is available in Word and Google Docs. Please do not submit PDF files, as those are difficult to review. Essay submissions via links to a a cloud-based platform, such as Google Docs, or Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive are welcome, especially if the file can be edited and commented on through that cloud service.

Please format your submission so it, as close as you can, resembles a published article at 1000-Word Philosophy: please use 12 point Times New Roman font, left-justify all the text, use the standard footnote feature (not manually created notes), and add links to the references in the manner 1000-Word essays typically have links, and provide the typical essay sections. 

Why Contribute

Why contribute? 1000-Word Philosophy currently usually has near a thousand online visitors each day, and we are working to increase those numbers, so your essay will be highly visible to a global readership. Some essays have 40,000-60,000 views because, in part, they are used in courses. We are trying to identify better ways to track the use of the essays in teaching, and as sources for online discussion, and publicize these numbers.

We are planning to compile the essays into a living – that is, constantly developing – open-access and open-source print collection that will be ideal for classroom use, as well as the general reader.

If you are interested in developing ideal materials for both teaching and public philosophy, then 1000-Word Philosophy is for you.


All essays are original contributions to 1000-Word Philosophy and are published with permission from the authors. Contributing authors retain any and all copyright interests in their individual works. 1000-Word Philosophy holds copyright to the collective work. Do not reproduce this work in part or in full without appropriate attribution.