About Us

The Smart Set is an online magazine covering culture and ideas, arts and science, global and national affairs — everything from literature to shopping, medicine to sports, philosophy to food. Named for the turn-of-the-century literary magazine edited by H.L. Mencken and George Nathan, the Smart Set strives to present big ideas on the small, the not-so-small, and the everyday.

We publish high quality writing and photography in a broad range of genres including reportage, personal and critical essays, travel writing, memoirs, and stories. The Smart Set is an independent magazine, generously supported by the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

The Smart Set is published for people who enjoy reading, and enjoy thinking about what they read. The Smart Set feels that what unites its readers is their intellectual curiosity, and this cuts across age, gender, income, and education level.


Managing Editor: Melinda Lewis, PhD

Associate Editors: Maren Larsen, Byshera Williams

Assistant Editor/Graphic Designer: Emily Anderson

Assistant Editor/Graphic Designer: Shannon Sands

Art Director: Diane Pizzuto

Contributing writers: Bernd Brunner, Kelly Cherry, Paula Marantz Cohen, John Cotter, and Elisa Gabbert.

Publisher: The Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University

Founding Editor: Jason Wilson


We’re always looking for excellent, original, and previously unpublished personal essays, critical essays, reporting, memoir, travel writing, stories, photo essays, and even video projects. Pay and expenses are negotiable. Send pitches or complete essays as a PDF or Word Document to submissions@thesmartset.com.

The Smart Set is seeking potential advertising partners and sponsors. For more information on our capabilities, as well as advertising rates and our media kit, please contact advertise@thesmartset.com.

Contact us

The Smart Set
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
3034 MacAlister Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104