Letters in the Mail

The 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.

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.

And it’s only $7 a month (domestic), cheap! You can subscribe using the subscriber options below.

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. To help spread the joy of reading this holiday season, for a limited time we’re offering a 6-month subscription for just $36 domestic or $60 international. All yearly and 6-month subscriptions purchased through the end of the year will start with the January 1st letter. Want something earlier to wrap or stick in a stocking? Print one of our sample letters above or the PDF available when checking out.

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

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.

Subscribe here. You can also purchase a year of Letters in the Mail. And if you live outside of the United States, you can purchase an international subscription.

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