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1839 is a Pittsburgh-based magazine that takes a nuanced look at the intersection of race, politics, the arts, community and culture in the city and beyond. A pilot project of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, the magazine is inspired by the life, work, and legacy of August Wilson’s love of community. This project is supported in part by The Heinz Endowments.

Submission Guidelines

We are currently seeking submissions in the following categories:

Personal essays. Op-Eds. Profiles of Pittsburghers, those who are here and those who used to be here. Reviews of Pittsburgh events, books, music, places, performances. Creative nonfiction. Short fiction. Photos and photo essays. Poetry.

We also want submissions that don’t “fit,” but do showcase bad-ass writing. Basically, you reserve the right to blow our minds. In fact, we encourage it.

We’re especially interested in submissions that illuminate something provocative, interesting, or unexpected about Pittsburgh’s past, present, or future. Also, our first editorial theme will be “Why Pittsburgh” — a collection of stories from people connected to Pittsburgh in some way, sharing why you came, why you left, or why you stay in the city.

Interested in submitting? In blowing our minds? In disrupting Pittsburgh? In being a part of this revolutionary movement? Please send a query to

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