Submissions

Common Blog welcomes submissions from our readers, both writing and images. Send materials to blog@commoncause.org.

Want to be part of our blog team but don’t have a specific topic in mind? Send a query to blog@commoncause.org and let us know about your interest. We frequently ask for guest posts on topics we provide.

Please consider the following:

  • Although our areas of focus are broad, we appreciate submissions that fall within those areas and have some connection to our current work.
  • Submissions should be written in first-person point of view to reflect that they are the ideas of the writer. Statements of fact should include citations where possible.
  • We do not accept marketing-related or self-promotional work, especially from candidates for public office.
  • All submissions must be the property of the author/photographer, though references to and quotes from other online sources are allowed with proper attribution.
  • We accept materials previously published elsewhere so long as proper attribution is provided.
  • Submission does not guarantee publication.
  • Common Cause does not pay for blog submissions.
  • Submissions must include your name, city, state, brief bio (50 words or less), and your email address, though you may request that your email address not be published. We welcome author photos and links to your personal websites and social media profiles as well.
  • All submissions are subject to copy editing by Common Cause, though authors will have the opportunity to review and approve the final edited version.

 

How to Write a Powerful Blog Post

Have an opinion. Although we do publish news recaps and roundups, the best blog posts come from decidedly opinionated points of view. Whether your opinion surfaces in the title of a list of links or in every line of a post, readers prefer blog posts that have a point of view.

Be brief. If you can’t be brief, be brilliant. The best blog posts are about 250 words long, contain subheaders and bulleted lists, and don’t require substantial background knowledge from the reader. The longer your post is, the more compelling and entertaining it must be.

Think (and write) quickly. Many of our issues go beyond a single news cycle and are always good subjects for blog posts. But if your blog post is a response to someone else’s published opinion (blog, article, or book), a commentary on a current topic of news (elections, court rulings, Congressional actions) or an attempt to persuade readers of a certain opinion about an ongoing matter, it is best to publish within a couple of days of the original event or publication.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I really be opinionated? Even if my opinion doesn’t agree with Common Cause’s? Yes, you really can. A conversation requires dialogue in more than one direction. We welcome opportunities to publish your differing opinions in conjunction with our own opinions, so that readers get a more complete perspective on the issues.

What’s off limits? If it doesn’t relate to Common Cause’s core issues or something we have commented on publicly, it probably won’t appeal to our readers. Unless it’s really funny. But we don’t shy from controversy and are always interested in seeing how our work applies to situations and issues that not everyone sees.

I can’t be nonpartisan–my opinion supports a specific party or condemns another party. Can I write for Common Blog? Yes, you can. Common Cause and our issues are nonpartisan but people rarely are. And since we provide a helpful disclaimer that says your opinion is your opinion and not our opinion or official position, we are not worried about partisanship or ideology.

But you really only want to publish blogs by Democrats / progressives / liberals / [insert plural adjective here], right? Nope. We want to publish blog posts by writers who have interesting and informed opinions. Common Cause is nonpartisan, our issues span all party lines, and our members come from every political persuasion imaginable.