Article Submission Guidelines
We absolutely welcome well-written articles. (Easy to say for volunteers who can't pay for them!)
Articles fall into a variety of categories -- editorials, which we generally write, commentary and reports on current events, statements of principle to augment our own, and even thoughtful arguments against our positions. But more generally, we are looking for Op-Ed pieces, media headlines, and news from the U.S Supreme Court, as well as humorous quips and anecdotes which reflect our focus.
That focus is on our Constitution in its original (constructive) meaning, and the traditional freedoms and responsibilities that Americans enjoyed under it, and how those concepts play in today's world.
We accept articles which are linked to other sites, as well as articles for posting on our site. Naturally, as regards the latter, you must have the rights to the article so that you may share them with us.
All articles are deposited in the Article Archives after their initial run on the Home Page. Articles should be 500-1000 words in length, not counting HTML tags. Quips are usually shorter. You may suggest the category you're aiming for, but we will make the final decision. We will also write an appropriate "header" blurb for the article, such as those seen on our Archives page.
Bylines -- We welcome them, but will accept articles on the same initials-only basis as we do comments, if the submitter wishes.
Images -- Articles may be accompanied by attached images related to the article. Images should arrive formatted for the Web and designed to fit a space no larger than about 150 pixels square (images need not be square, though). We would like to keep image file sizes under about 20kB, so that they don't slow the site down too much. This is a normal max for an image of the physical size described and of screen resolution, in gif or jpeg format. If you have an image to send, attach it to your article e-mail, with appropriate explanation. You must have the right to publish the image -- if we have questions about that we will ask, but must clearly state that you have the primary responsibility to insure that publication will not violate copyrights. If the image must be attributed, give us the attribution.
We obviously cannot accept articles that we cannot use freely on our site. Articles must also meet the same content guidelines that are applied to comments -- no vulgarity, wild claims or vicious attacks against other writers.
Naturally, we hope you can write your article in HTML, or use a word processor like Word that does a reasonable job translating it. But if not, we are sufficiently interested in really good articles to take on this task.
While we do not intend to edit articles to alter the content or context, we may make obvious corrections rather than just refuse the article. Or we may ask you for a rewrite. But chances are, since we're not professionals here, good articles will be accepted as you have written them. However as regards formatting, we can't guarantee that the translation into HTML, or the alteration of your HTML to fit our site, will produce precisely the results you hoped for. We'll do our best.
Articles need to be e-mailed to us, either in the body or as attached files (.txt, .doc, etc.) Use our mailing link below or at the bottom of any other page. Please indicate in the subject box that you are offering an article, and its proposed title and position. For linked articles, we need only the exact URL (leading directly to the article, not to a home page), and we will do the rest if the link is accepted. For these the Comments form will work.
If you have an article in you, and would like to blast it all over the Internet on our site, by all means send it along!