Submit an Op-Ed for The Western Journal
With millions of unique readers and more than 40 million page views monthly, The Western Journal has experienced unprecedented success, even in these days of online censorship. If you support conservative ideas and have the credentials and experience to be considered an authority in your field, The Western Journal would be pleased to consider your submission for publication as an Op-Ed.
Our submission process requires a short biography, a brief explanation of your expertise, and basic contact information. Please note that spelling and grammar will also be evaluated as part of the article selection process. (Adherence to The Associated Press Stylebook is a plus, if you’re familiar with it, but not a necessity.) You can submit the Op-Ed and other necessary information in the form at the bottom of this page.
Facts that would not normally be considered common knowledge should include a source link so that editors — and readers — can verify dates, statistics and other information independently.
Submit links, such as a link to your blog or social media sites, in the bio, so that editors and readers can connect with you there.
If your piece meets our submission guidelines and represents The Western Journal’s core editorial values of truth and accuracy — or at least arguably does so — we’re much more likely to publish it.
The best way to get a feel for the kinds of Op-Eds we like to publish is to read some of them here. You should also familiarize yourself with our Ethics and Editorial Standards.
We are a Christian conservative publication, but there is plenty of room for difference of opinion among those groups, so we do not necessarily have to agree with your opinion to publish it; we do, however, in most cases have to agree that a good number of heartland Americans would at least be interested in the perspective presented.
Write about something timely and relevant, and be sure to spend a suitable amount of time researching your subject matter and getting the details right. Op-Ed readers want to read about your take on current political and social events, not your philosophical musings that are not tied to what they see happening in the world around them. Such musings are fine, but you must make the connection for the reader between your ideas and the news cycle — don’t make them do that work for you.
Generally speaking, most pieces we choose to publish are strongly political in content, although commentary about cultural and other issues will also be considered.
Your submission should be between 400 and 1,000 words. If you include any media, such as pictures or video, you must have the legal right to use them and should explain those rights at the bottom of the submission.
If the piece has already been published elsewhere, that should be noted at the bottom of the article, along with a link to the original publication. The Western Journal is less likely to publish opinion pieces that have appeared elsewhere (except on a personal website or blog), though it’s not an automatic disqualifier.
Most importantly, write with your own voice and be original. An Op-Ed stating that you agree or disagree with a given politician or policy will hold little interest for readers unless you explain why — and offer something new for them to think about that hasn’t occurred to them before. Give readers a logical, winsome argument to help them defend conservative ideals or refute liberal thinking, and you’re likely to build a following on The Western Journal’s opinion page.
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