With more than 8 million unique readers a month, and with more than 40 million total monthly page views, The Western Journal has experienced unprecedented growth. If you believe like the great abolitionist Wendell Phillips that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” and you want to write, you may have what it takes to be a Western Journal contributor.
Our editors would love the opportunity to consider publishing your work in our “Opinion” section. 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, as will adherence to The Associated Press Stylebook — our copy editors do not generally have the time to spend 30 minutes or more bringing an op-ed in line with our publishing standard.
Similarly, do not submit a query letter or “pitch,” as our editorial staff is unlikely to be able to get back to you before the topic becomes stale. If your piece meets our submission guidelines and represents The Western Journal’s core editorial values of truth, beauty and goodness — or at least arguably does so — we’re likely to publish it.
To be considered for publication, your submission should be between 400 and 1000 words and consist of at least 16 paragraphs (so that it will format correctly on the page). If you include any media, such as pictures or video, be sure you have the legal right to use them.
Most emphasis — italics, bold print, all caps, and multiple exclamation points — will be deleted, so it’s better not to include them in the first place. (If you can’t make your point emphatically with word choice and sentence structure, formatting isn’t likely to help.)
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. Generally speaking, The Western Journal will be less likely to publish opinion pieces that have already appeared elsewhere (except on a personal website or blog), but it is not necessarily a disqualifier.
Keep your topic fresh and relevant, and be sure to spend a suitable amount of time researching your subject matter and getting the details right. We suggest at least one post per week to help you build an interested audience.
If you are trying to grow traffic on your own blog or website, feel free to include a link to it in a short bio at the end of each post.
The Western Journal works according to an editorial calendar. If you choose to write in accordance with that calendar, it is more likely that we will choose to publish your work. Currently, we are especially seeking submissions on the topics of the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, the impact of the newly passed tax reform bill (especially on health care) and human trafficking.
Generally speaking, most pieces we choose to publish are strongly political in content, although some more general commentary about cultural issues will also be considered. If your piece reads more like a sermon or Bible study, we are less likely to publish it. (We’re all for sermons and Bible studies, but that’s not what makes a good op-ed in most cases.)