The Essay Daily Advent Calendar

Each year, we publish an Advent Calendar, a new essay each day during Advent. Some years these essays are themed; other years they are not. Want to pitch us something? Try Will or Ander at the right. We usually fill up our Advent Calendar spots, so if you're interested, let us know ahead of time.

2022's Advent Calendar is unthemed:

2021's Advent Calendar was 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 will 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'll publish one a day during Advent this year.

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.)

The 2021 Advent Calendar (cover essays):


2020's Advent Calendar was unthemed:


We took 2019 off to devote to the What Happened on December 21, 2019 project.


The 2018 Advent Calendar was unthemed.


The 2017 Advent Calendar theme was Recoveries, focusing on essays we felt were underread:


2016's Advent Calendar was unthemed:


2015's Advent Calendar was themed around The Best American Essays series, and required a few extra days in our calendar...

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