Flash Philosophy Submissions
How it Works
  1. Anyone may submit their flash philosophy piece for review. 

  2. All submissions undergo the PhilosophYouth review process to ensure that every piece published is high quality and up to par with our standards. 

  3. When an essay is published, the writer is credited and reserves the intellectual property rights to their work. PhilosophYouth does, however, reserve the right to retain or remove the piece on/from the PhilosophYouth website as we see fit. 

How to Submit
  1. Read our Submission Guidelines and ensure that your essay adheres to them.

  2. Fill out the form at the end of this page.

  3. A confirmation email (within 24 hours) will inform you that we have received your flash philosophy submission.

  4. A follow-up email will arrive within 7-14 days updating you on the status of your piece and any next steps you must take.

  5. Once your piece has been approved, we will update you with some final details before publishing it on our site.

Submission Guidelines
  1. Submissions should be approximately 200-500 words long, typically spanning just a few paragraphs and a maximum of one page (don't feel the need to fill the whole page). ​

    1. We suggest this length because these flash philosophy pieces are meant to be bite-sized conversation starters rather than fully fleshed-out theories or lengthy treatises. Please be aware that as a conversation starter, some people will almost certainly have critiques of any philosophical idea. We welcome discussion (through the comments section), though we assure you that any personal attacks will not be tolerated. 

    2. This is a loose limit, but if you would like to submit a significantly shorter or longer piece, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to consider your request.​

  2. We believe the best writing is concise and easily understandable.

    1. Writing in the first person is accepted and encouraged, while unnecessarily stilted, dated, or complicated language is discouraged.

    2. Feel free to use modern examples, but stay away from excessive and unnecessary slang or vulgarity.

  3. Suggested Structure

    1. Very quickly and briefly introduce your topic. Say what question or issue you will be tackling and your thesis statement (what single point you're trying to convince the reader of). 

    2. Explain your argument in a logical manner. Give reasons for all of your statements and conclusions, and never assume that the reader will just immediately believe what you say. 

    3. Try to include at least one strong counterargument and respond to it.

    4. Conclude by clearly, concisely, and strongly coming back to the main premises and final conclusion of your argument.  

  4. Submissions must not under any circumstances contain plagiarism. ​

    1. ​Quotes or ideas directly taken from or found in another person's work must be properly cited. 

    2. If you need help with in-text citation, simply do the best you can and make sure to include the links to all of your sources so that we can help make sure everything is cited properly. 

  5. Additional guidelines

    1. Each essay is reviewed by a real person, so if your essay is a bit out-of-the-box or there is anything that you think we should know about or that you think you need help with, feel free to include any personal notes or clarifications for the reviewer in the Notes section of the essay submission form. 
    2. Do not attempt to submit essays through emailYou may follow up and inquire about essays through email, but any essays sent through email will not be considered. Only essays submitted through the proper form will be reviewed for publication. 

    3. You may send us any further questions through contact@philosophyouth.org or through our Contact Us page.

Do I need to apply or become a member before I can submit an essay?

Nope! All you have to do to submit an essay is complete the submission form below and wait for your essay to be reviewed by our team.

What topics can essays cover?

Essays can tackle any philosophical topic or even a non-philosophical topic examined through a philosophical lens. You may write about an existing topic or a popular dilemma in summary (as long as sources are properly cited) or write about an original idea, question, problem, or solution. We do not accept submissions for non-philosophy essays, but we invite you to reach out at contact@philosophyouth.org or through our Contact Us form if there are any special circumstances or very specific topics that you feel create a gray area, and we will review your situation on a case-to-case basis.

My question wasn't answered here. Where can I ask it?

For more questions about essay submissions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at contact@philosophyouth.org or through our Contact Us page, and we will get back to you very soon.

Who can submit an essay?

Anyone! As long as you are interested in philosophy and have an idea you want to share, you can submit an essay. We do not require credentials for essay submissions but instead judge each essay based on its own merit and quality, as this platform was created to give the youth, many of whom are still in high school or college, a place to express their ideas and receive credit for their exceptional work. We want to show the world that a doctorate degree is not the only way to be a philosopher. All we require of the essays we publish is quality thinking expressed through quality writing, regardless of whether there are capital letters at the end of your name or not.

Does every essay submitted get published?

We are committed to maintaining our integrity, both in the quality of the work we publish and in our unfailing service to the youth. Thus, while we cannot make extensive changes to essays or publish essays that do not meet our standards of quality, we always do our best to work with and support each writer and bring out the best in them. It is very rare that a submission is "beyond repair," but we still cannot guarantee that every essay submitted is published, as our commitment to serving the youth in philosophy includes ensuring the consistent quality of our essay collection.

Frequently Asked Questions
Flash Philosophy Submission Form

Thank you for submitting your essay! You will receive a confirmation email in the next 7 days updating you on the status of your submission.