Write For Us

Yes, you. We’re always looking for new authors.

If you’ve got an idea that will challenge our readers, we want to hear about it. Aim to bring readers a fresh perspective on a topic that’s keeping you up at night or you think will be of interest about Buckeye.

We’ll be honest, though: writing for Buckeye4Locals takes work. We want your article to be at its best, and we’ll push you to get there. Once accepted, you’ll get feedback from our team, and you’ll work with an editor on revisions.

It’s also rewarding. Thousands of your peers (and potential employers, clients, or publishers) will read your article, and you’ll also learn a lot in the process—about communicating your ideas, about writing, and even about the topic, you thought you already knew so well when you started.

What we’re looking for

You may submit a rough draft, a partial draft, or a short pitch (a paragraph or two summarizing your argument and why it matters to our readers) paired with an outline. The more complete your submission is, the better feedback we can give you. Keep in mind that we only accept original content—we do not publish anything that’s been published elsewhere (including on your blog).

No press releases or sales pitches.

Make sure your submission:

  • Has a thesis and offers a clear argument—not just a list.
  • Has a voice. Be bold, interesting, and human.
  • Is supported with convincing arguments, not just opinions. Fact-check and cite sources where appropriate.

What we publish

We publish three types of content:

  • Features (1,500–2,500 words). Meets most rigorous content and editorial criteria; runs with a custom illustration.
  • Articles (600–1,500 words). More casual in tone and content. Ideal for less-intensive tutorials and posts.
  • Mini-articles (500–600 words). Short and sweet.

How to submit (and what happens next)

Email us your submission. We prefer submissions as Google documents so that editors can easily provide feedback and guidance directly within your draft. You may also send us a plain text file. (Please do not send a ZIP file unless requested.)

Here’s what happens after you hit Send:

  • An editor will review your submission and determine whether it’s a potential fit. If so, the whole team will review and discuss it.
  • This happens once a week.
  • The editor will collect the team’s feedback and get back to you with notes.
  • Once you’ve addressed our comments, send your revised draft back. The team will discuss it again and let you know if we want to accept it.
  • If we accept your article, an editor will work with you on things like organization, argumentation, and style, if it is needed.
  • We’ll schedule you for publication as soon as revisions are complete. We can’t give you a specific release date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I write about?

To get a sense for the type of work we publish, read our site, but we are open to virtually anything.

Do you pay?

Typically, no, aside from the occasionally assigned post. When you contribute to Buckeye4Locals, you’ll get a byline and two-sentence bio that includes a link or two to whatever you’d like to promote — your website, Twitter feed, latest ebook, etc. We’ll also share your post on Twitter and Facebook, to help you reach as many readers as possible.

Can I repost my submission on my blog?

No. If we run your post on Buckeye4Locals, we retain the rights to that content. We don’t allow republishing on your blog or any other website. (Reposting content can hurt SEO traffic results for everyone involved if it is done incorrectly.)

How long should my posts be?

Aim for 600-900 words unless the article covers a larger subject such as a historical feature or expose.

Why do I need to submit via Google Docs?

We use Google Docs because it allows us to easily collaborate with several people without passing around new versions of a Word Doc. If you’ve never shared a Google Doc before, here are easy instructions. (Don’t forget to give us editing power.)

Tip: It’s best to create your post as a Google Doc, rather than to upload a Word Doc to Google. Sometimes we can’t edit even if you tell the doc to allow us to do so.

Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?

If you’d like to, go ahead. But we’re happy to consider a draft as well.

Should I include links within the piece?

Yes. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to appropriate posts on your site or any other news site or blog.

Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, No HTML, please!

Should I write a headline?

That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you want to suggest one, that makes our job easier.

Will you edit my post?

We’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You’ll be able to see our edits in your Google Doc.

Anything else I should keep in mind?

Posts should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs and lots of white space. Including a few sub-headings is much appreciated, and please use only one space between sentences!

Should I include a photo?

No need. We’ll add one or two.

What about my headshot?

Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there. If we need one we will ask.

What should I do after I submit my post?

When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. You can also tell your friends that you wrote an article and share it with the world!

We look forward to your contribution!