Author Guidelines: Food for Thought (Short Essays)

These short essays intend to portray an author’s idea in a compact and meaningful format. If the articles (view guidelines here) should be conversational, these pieces should be ultra-conversational. Make your point, muse, challenge, but do so with vigor, conviction, and creative style. You should aim to present a piece that blends thought and art; that combines narrative and argument. Authors should avoid jargon and, while citations are welcome, these pieces are not meant to have lengthy bibliographies.


  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Double spaced .doc or .docx file.
  • 250-2000 words (~1000 is ideal).
  • Pages numbered.
  • References in Chicago: Author Date format.
  • Pieces can include one or more images submitted as .jpg, .png, or .tif files. Images should either be the author’s property or in the public domain.
  • High-quality (300 DPI) images are preferred for publication (contact editors about possible exceptions).
  • Additional multi-media content is encouraged (videos, songs, etc. that add to the article).