Critical Read brings the true stories of the fine, literary and performing arts to a wide readership. We publish artwork biographies, reported stories, profiles, cultural history, essay, interviews and first person stories. 

Our mission is to re-imagine critical writing about the arts, and to make American art and art history more accessible and discoverable. Before you pitch us, please take the time to read the work on our site.

We read pitches and unsolicited submissions. We read pitches for Artwork Biographies from the beginning of September until the end of the year. Please allow up to six months for response. 

We read personal essay submissions during the summer. 

We pay our writers. Rates vary by assignment. We will only consider previously unpublished work. 



These flash essays are art appreciations in 300 words or fewer. We started this project during the pandemic and under the title, Art Is Essential. 

Please note: We receive numerous essays covering work by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Walt Whitman. If you submit an essay about one of these artists, it is unlikely that we will be able to use it. We would love to read your appreciations of works made by other artists. 

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