About Us

Longreads, founded in 2009, is dedicated to helping people find and share the best storytelling on the web. We publish essays, commentary, interviews, reading lists, and in-depth investigative reporting.

Longreads has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards, has won a Canadian National Magazine Award (Gold), and has been cited for digital excellence by the Online News Association and Peabody Awards. Our stories have won the Pushcart Prize and have been included or notably mentioned in the Best American and Year’s Best anthology series across essays, food, science, and sports. Our podcast series “Bundyville,” with Leah Sottile and Oregon Public Broadcasting, was named one of the best podcasts of 2018 and won an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2020.

Our stories are funded with support from our readers. For every dollar you contribute to the Longreads Story Fund, WordPress.com matches with another two dollars. Learn more about how you can contribute.

Longreads and its sister site, The Atavist Magazine, are flagship publications of Automattic.


Editors: Krista Stevens, Cheri Lucas Rowlands, and Carolyn Wells

Art Director: Kjell Reigstad

Founder: Mark Armstrong (Emeritus)

Contact Us

For feedback and general inquires, email us at hello@longreads.com.

For membership questions, email us at support@longreads.com.

For essay submissions and story pitches, read our submission guidelines.

For business or advertising inquiries, email us at partners@longreads.com.