Cover Essays


2021's Advent Calendar featured Cover essays. We all know what a cover song is, but a cover essay is a rarer thing. So let's write and publish some. Writers  identify an essay they love or have always wondered how it worked, and write their own version of that essay. Writers should take the original essay's topic or stance or persona or formal conceit or structure or peculiar device or some other identifying aspect of the essay and use that to write their own essay. 

We liked the idea so much we decided to make this a regular (if occasional) feature, so expect more cover essays on Essay Daily. We'll collect them here.

Want to write one? Drop us a line with your proposal.

(Related, check out the 2022 March Faxness Tournament, which will be focusing on cover songs.)

Essays in our Cover Series:

  • Cheryl Graham, I ♥ the 80s
  • Sean Lovelace, Sean Lovelace's Classic Essay, "Total T-Rex"
  • and plenty more to come

The 2021 Advent Calendar (covers):

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