Letters To Each Other III

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It was a year ago today we launched Letters In The Mail. It’s been a learning process, and we’re still learning. It’s a struggle, always, to stay relevant and interesting without repeating yourself. The Sun Magazine does this particularly well. The most recent letter, from Rumpus artist Jason Novak, is unlike any we’ve sent before.

So today we’re announcing our third Letters To Each Other. The way it works is you send us a letter, no more than one page (front and back OK), and a self addressed stamped envelope. We send you five letters back and photocopy your letter and send it out to five other people. We encourage you to put your mailing address on your letter, you might end up with a pen pal. Also, make sure you send a large enough envelope as your SASE (a #9 or #10). If your envelope is smaller than that you won’t get back as many letters.

You have to be a subscriber to Letters In The Mail to participate. Obviously, we’re not making any money on this, it’s just a cool thing to connect people. We found the response was better the first time when it was only open to subscribers, than the second time when we allowed anyone to participate. If you’re a subscriber and you need the address to mail your letter, send an email to  karen@therumpus.net.

Letters must be post-dated by January 18.


Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books, including the memoir The Adderall Diaries and the novel Happy Baby. He is the founding editor of The Rumpus. His feature film debut, About Cherry, was distributed by IFC. His second movie, based on his novel Happy Baby, is forthcoming. More from this author →