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Essayist allows you to write APA & MLA essays with ease. From in-text citations to references and page setup, Essayist takes care of everything. It greatly simplifies the academic writing process.

Essayist formats everything for you. Upon starting a new essay it sets up the title section/page, margins, font, line spacing, alignment, page headers/footers, etc. It formats your references, in-text citations, figures, tables and more.

Add references quickly and easily using Essayist’s built-in search, Google Scholar or manual entry forms. Once added, references are automatically formatted and added to your essay’s references/works cited list.

Essayist automatically detects when you are about to insert an in-text citation and presents a list of all your references. Simply tap the reference you wish to cite and continue writing.

Essayist currently supports the two most commonly used citation styles. Stay tuned for Chicago, Harvard and many more styles!

Essayist allows you to export your work to PDF or Word.

Essayist features a simple interface that helps you write without distractions. You know all those buttons in other word processors you never use? We got rid of those.

Essayist allows you to add an abstract and appendices to your essay.

Essayist allows you to easily add figures and tables and helps you with all the required information (caption, title, numbering, notes, etc.).

We are working hard to make Essayist the best academic writing app it can be. If you have feature requests or encounter issues, please don't hesitate to contact us at

- Built-in Reference Manager
- Pre-defined paragraph styles (Block Quote, Headings, etc.)
- Google Scholar search
- Bold, Italicize & Underline options
- Import BibTeX
- Multiple reference types (News Article, Magazine, Website, Dictionary, etc. …)
- Two paper sizes: US Letter & A4
- Two font choices: Times New Roman & Arial
- Word Count & Page Count
- Multiple background choices
- Spell Check, Auto Completion & Auto Capitalization
- Dark mode
- Designed for Accessibility

Essayist features a free trial that enables you to use all features at no cost (including export and sync).

Essayist requires a subscription. Choose between a monthly and a yearly subscription. Both subscription options offer a free trial.

Download Essayist and review essays for free! *Editing functionality is locked without an active subscription.

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What’s New

Version 1.0.6

We fixed an issue that could lead to a crash when using table notes.

We are working hard on the Mac version of Essayist. Stay tuned!

If you have feature requests or experience an issue, please email us. We would love to hear from you!

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Brian B87 ,


This app is a godsend. I can finally focus on just writing my paper and not have to fiddle around with references and footnotes for hours. This has been a major time and frustration saver for me. It’s about time someone came up with something like this. Thank you!

Developer Response ,

Hi Brian. Thank you very much! Glad you like Essayist.

Tom Head (Jackson, Mississippi) ,

Desperately Needed App

I’ve been looking for an iPad-friendly specialized academic writing app for years, and this does what it says on the tin and then some. Highest possible recommendation.

Developer Response ,

Hi Tom. Thank you so much for your feedback! Happy to hear you like the app.

MsKitty0930 ,

very sad

I never write reviews but I wanted to love this app. I payed the $20 for the year as microsoft word doesn’t have a workcited feature for the ipad. I wrote a five page paper and the app is frozen and I can’t access my paper due today :(.

Developer Response ,

Hi. I am very sorry to hear that. More than likely we would have been able to fix the issue same day would you have contacted us. We respond to emails 7 days a week. Nevertheless, please contact us directly at We would love to make it up to you.

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