The American Spectator was founded in 1924 by George Nathan and Truman Newberry over a cheap domestic ale in McSorley's Old Ale House. In 1967 the Saturday Evening Club took it over, rechristening it The Alternative: An American Spectator; but by November 1977 the word "alternative" had acquired such an esoteric fragrance that in order to discourage unsolicited manuscripts from florists, beauticians, and other creative types the Club reverted to the magazine's original name. Published remarkably without regard to sex, lifestyle, race, color, creed, physical handicap, or national origin.


We will review unsolicited manuscripts for online publication, but due to high volume, we can only contact those whose manuscripts are accepted. Our preference is for reported pieces that provide new information or draw upon rare expertise, ones that run between 700 and 1000 words. Please submit them using this form.


The American Spectator is currently accepting resumes for its ongoing internship program. Both editorial and marketing internships are available. Both positions offer flexible schedules, hands-on training and networking opportunities. While there are no specific requirements, it is highly recommended that editorial applicants have experience writing for a college newspaper and a GPA above 3.0. You may apply for the internship program using this form.