Briefly Think

Thoughtful short essays on art and society

Submission Guidelines:

Briefly Think is a new space for mini essays.

We are open for THINK 1 submissions until 31 March 2023.

  1. Submit ONE essay of up to 250 words in response to the prompt below
  2. Paste your essay into the body of an email and send it to with THINK 1 in the subject line
  3. Please only submit previously unpublished writing

We reply to all submissions and publish a selection of our favourites. In each submission window, we will select one Featured Essay and award the writer a prize of £20.

By submitting to Briefly Think, you are granting us first electronic rights. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

We would love to see:

  • Meaningful engagement with the prompt
  • Fresh, innovative thinking
  • Thoughtful and thought-provoking reflections
  • Complex ideas expressed clearly

We would rather not see:

  • Big words for the sake of big words
  • Anything sexist, racist, classist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or speciesist

There is no submission fee. There will never be a submission fee. Art belongs to everyone and financial barriers should not stop people sharing their ideas.

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Where does the person end and the poem begin?

Interpret the prompt as literally or loosely as you see fit. Reflections on art, literature, poetry, society, politics, philosophy, technology and science are all welcome.

Briefly Think: 'Where does the person end and the poem begin?' Deadline: 31 March 2023.

Any questions, send an email to We look forward to reading your responses.