Letters in the Mail

tons-of-wwii-era-lettersThe Rumpus has finally started a print subscription. We’d like to say this was the plan all along, but we’ve actually never had a plan.

It’s called Letters in the Mail and you can subscribe here. Every two weeks, you’ll receive a letter, in the mail. In the first three months letters went out from Stephen Elliott, Margaret Cho, Marie Calloway, Dean Haspeil, Lorelei Lee, Matthew Specktor, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, Padma Viswanathan, Sari Botton, and Matthew Zapruder. Some of the letters were typed, others handwritten. Some included illustrations, one was a comic, all were signed. We then photocopy the letter and send it to you. You can view sample letters here and here.

SUMMER PROMOTION! There’s nothing as relaxing as reading on the beach or in a park or in your own backyard when the weather is beautiful and the sun is shining! Letters in the Mail wants to help kick off your summer reading. Purchase a yearly LITM subscription before the end of June, and you’ll receive an autographed copy of Laura van den Berg’s Find Me, newly released in paperback from Farrar, Strauss and Giroux!

vandenbergBOOKFind Me was voted “Best book of 2015” by NPR, Time Out New York, and BuzzFeed and was longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize!

“Radiant prose… From this memorable novel’s eerie first paragraph to its enigmatic ending, Laura van den Berg has invented something beautiful indeed.” –Elizabeth Hand, Los Angeles Times

“Pleasingly strange… impressively original… [van den Berg’s] dark sensibilities call to mind the great Joy Williams, a master at portraying life on the margins… FIND ME has a funny way of resonating beyond its pages.” – Carmela Ciuraru, New York Times Book Review

Already have a 6-month, yearly, or monthly subscription? Extend or convert it and we’ll send you Find Me! Subscribe before June 13 and you’ll also receive Laura’s letter that goes in the mail June 15!

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Click here for a US subscription.

Offer available while supplies last! Please note: Due to shipping costs, available only for US subscriptions.

Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her MFA. at Emerson College. Find Me is her first novel. She is also the author of two collections of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009) and The Isle of Youth (FSG, 2013). What the World was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The Isle of Youth was named a “Best Book of 2013” by over a dozen outlets, including NPR, the Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine; a finalist for the Frank O’Connor Award; and received The Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the 2015 Bard Fiction Prize. Laura lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog, and she is currently at work on a new story collection and a new novel, both forthcoming from FSG. Beginning in the fall of 2016, she will be a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard.

Upcoming letter writers will include Leigh SteinDouglas Kearney, Camille Dungy, Colin Winnette, Brandon Hicks, Wendy C. Ortiz, Anna North, and many more! Think of it as the letters you used to get from your creative friends, before this whole Internet/email thing. Letters will include return addresses (at the author’s discretion) in case you want to write the author back. Letters in the Mail helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, you can correspond with your favorite writers and support the website in one fell swoop.

And it’s only $7 a month (domestic), cheap!  You can also purchase a year of Letters in the Mail. And if you live outside of the United States, you can purchase an annual international subscription.

Letters in the Mail makes a fabulous gift! Imagine that special reader in your life receiving a letter (in their physical mailbox!) every two weeks. They can be letters from old favorites or from new authors destined to become old favorites.

Missed your favorite author’s letter? We are now offering past letters available for individual sale.

StephenElliott1I still write letters by hand, either to avoid writing something else or to jump start the creative juices. The great thing is no matter what happens you have a letter. Then I photograph the letter and type it out, because nobody can read my handwriting. But they see the picture of the letter and know. But what do they know? And what do I know? Has anything changed?

Stephen Elliott, Rumpus Founder/Editor-in-Chief and creator of Letters in the Mail


Here are some profiles of Letters in the Mail from the New York Times and USA Today. Here’s Stephen Elliott talking about it on the CBS Morning Show with Charlie Rose.

For customer service (i.e. missing letters, change of shipping address, etc.) contact brian AT therumpus.net.

Want more child-friendly letters? Check out our Letters for Kids program, which delivers letters from your kids’ favorite writers twice a month!