Longreads, founded in 2009 by Mark Armstrong, is dedicated to helping people find and share the best longform nonfiction storytelling on the web. We publish personal and reported essays, reading lists, interviews, and in-depth investigative reporting.

Longreads has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards, has won a Canadian National Magazine Award (Gold), and has been cited for digital excellence by the Online News Association and Peabody Awards. Our stories have won the Pushcart Prize and have been included or notably mentioned in the Best American and Year’s Best anthology series across essays, food, science, and sports. Our podcast series Bundyville, with Leah Sottile and Oregon Public Broadcasting, was named one of the best podcasts of 2018 and won an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2020.

Our stories are funded with support from our readers. For every dollar you contribute to the Longreads Story Fund, WordPress.com matches with another two dollars. Learn more about how you can contribute.

Longreads and its sister site, The Atavist Magazine, are flagship publications of Automattic.


Editors: Krista Stevens, Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Peter Rubin, and Carolyn Wells

Contributing Editor: Seyward Darby

Founder: Mark Armstrong (Emeritus)

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For feedback and general inquiries, email us at hello@longreads.com.

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For membership questions, email us at support@longreads.com.

For essay submissions and story pitches, read our submission guidelines.