When openDemocracy has paid for an article to be written, we own the copyright. When no money has changed hands, copyright remains with the author. Please tell us if you have published a similar article elsewhere, either on the web or in print, providing links if possible. If we want to accept your pitch, one of our editors will email you to explain what happens next. It is useful to check previous coverage of the topic you are addressing, so your proposal complements rather than duplicates it. Progressive Britain’s work comes under five headers set out here, if your idea couldn’t fit under one of these headers we are not likely to publish your piece.
We read each email and regularly answer inside one business day.
Email: [email protected]
Pleasedo not send completed articles – our editors will want to collaborate with you on the nature of the story before you put pen to paper. As our publication is still in the early stages of expansion, unfortunately we are currently unable to pay for submissions and can only take articles on a voluntary basis. We are open to taking pitches from writers of all ranges of experience, or even none at all. All content has to be appropriate for a family-friendly audience, as many of our blog readers are school-age students.
If you are attaching a complete article, please submit as a Word document rather than a PDF. Please use hyperlinks for acknowledging sources rather than footnotes or endnotes. Send your pitch to one Editor only – see below for contact details.
We succeed by publishing authentic and genuine content on the prescribed titles. Our contributors include unpublished writers, frontline activists, academics, campaigners and experienced journalists. Articles published in the print edition are proactively commissioned according to issue themes, and written specifically with the magazine in mind. Got a political view and personal experience you’d like to share and get paid to write? This news-opinion-style site welcomes opinion-focused articles, essays, and points of view that help explain politics and current events from a first-person perspective.
Though Geopoliticalmonitor.com accepts fewer editorials than the above mentioned analysis-based articles, there are always a few submissions that are too good to ignore. To ensure that yours is one of them, stick to a fact-based argument that avoids polemics or incendiary language. While the weekly forecaster is future oriented, the backgrounder concerns itself mostly with the past. These articles aim to inform the reader about the historical processes behind contemporary headlines, whether in the form of past conflicts, important actors, or socioeconomic influences. Backgrounders can delve into exceedingly complex issues, so they tend to be more academic in tone than situation reports or weekly forecasters.
We’re happy to work with you to refine your ideas and make them suitable for publication. Because of the very large volume of submissions we receive, we will contact you only if we feel able to accept your piece. If you do not hear from us within three business days, please feel free to submit your article to other publications.
Include a one or two line bio and a link to samples of your previous work. If this would be your first time writing a journalistic article, please specify this. Take a look at our site to make sure what you are pitching is the kind of content we would publish. Content published on the blog cannot be republished without express permission. If you are interested in writing an article for our blog, please contact us here with a couple of sentences about your proposed article. To learn more about pitching and how it works, check out this post.
If you have already secured an interview, even better. We are also open to pitches for segments of our monthly YouTube show. OpenDemocracy never gives out email addresses or other contact details of any of the authors we publish. We further assume the right to include your work in other republication agreements, such those with academic institutions and in printed journal publications. OpenDemocracy assumes the right to syndicate your writing.