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1839 explores the intersection of race, politics, the arts, community, and culture in Pittsburgh. In this space, writers and other artists in and from Pittsburgh connect, provoke, enlighten, and entertain.

We want your smart rants and subversive ideas.  We want your passionate opinions and irreverent musings. We want your eloquent storytelling and fresh points of view.

We seek submissions in the following categories:

Personal essays


Profiles of Pittsburghers, those who are here and those who used to be here

Reviews of Pittsburgh events, books, music, places, performances

Long form features

Creative nonfiction

Short fiction

Photos and photo essays


Blow our minds. We welcome submissions that don’t fit neatly into any of the above sections, but do reflect a clear and original perspective, showcase bad-ass writing, and are a good fit with regard to our overall themes.

We’re especially (though not exclusively) interested in submissions that illuminate something provocative, interesting, or unexpected about Pittsburgh’s past, present, or future, as it relates to race, arts, culture, and/or community.

Interested in submitting? Please send a query to that includes your connection to Pittsburgh.

Unsolicited drafts will not be acknowledged.

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