The New York Times Wants Your Stories

The editors of Rites of Passage, a column that will appear regularly in Styles, want to read your essays about notable life transitions. A “rite of passage” can be big or small, but it needs to tell a story and illuminate a personal realization or journey. Essays can be focused on realms like work, family, spirituality, friendship, health, aging, loss — or any other aspect of your life where you’ve experienced growth. Most importantly, the essays should be emotionally honest and narrative in scope.

How do I submit?

  • end a completed essay of 1,200-1,500 words to

  • Attach your essay as a Microsoft Word-compatible document AND paste the text into the body of the email. These elements must be sent as ONE email.

  • Please summarize your essay in a few sentences at the top of your email and tell us who you are.

Some housekeeping:

  • We do not allow pseudonyms (including the author), composite characters or invented situations. We do not accept fiction.

  • Essays must be previously unpublished.

  • Writers will be compensated for work that is published.


Good luck!