Cover Photo: This is an illustration of a table at night with a burning candle and finger food on dishes in the middle. Around the table there are hands holding glasses. The illustration has a blue tint except where the candle casts a warm light.
Illustration by Eliza Harris

The Dinner Table Problem

When you’re ready to pitch or publish your work, a good question to ask yourself is: Why does this need to be an essay rather than a story you tell to friends over the dinner table?

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Stella Cabot Wilson is an Associate Editor for Don't Write Alone and Catapult. She grew up in Colorado and Wyoming and lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @ssrosecw .