Find the top publications on Substack

We have updated our homepage,, with a focus on readers. Now you can find a list of the top Substack posts and publications, free and paid, at any given time. We want to help people find and fall in love with great writers, and this update is a first step in that effort. But we also don’t want this to turn into a troll-friendly upvote/downvote system. Instead, our goal is to surface the work that people actually value. With that in mind, top posts are (for now) ranked by number of likes from readers and paying subscribers, with the latter getting more weight. We also account for recency to keep things fresh.

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