Guidelines and suggestions for submissions:

  • All submissions will be reviewed prior to publication.
  • No submission will be dismissed due to a difference of opinion.
  • Submissions that are not clearly worded or have an abundance of typographical errors will not be published.
  • Use your own voice! You don’t need to be a pro, you just need to be you.
  • Try drawing from personal experience. The way a topic connects to you will create a more powerful experience for the reader.
  • Pick a hot topic. Something currently in the news and under discussion is always at the top of our list.
  • Provocative opinions are great! Name calling and personal attacks are not.
  • Previously unpublished pieces are preferred.
  • Submissions under 1,200 words or less work best but all lengths will be considered.

Reasons something may not be published:

  • Submission is very similar to another in tone and content.
  • Difficult to read due to typos and/or grammatical issues.
  • Attack on a person or persons who is not a public figure*.
  • Hate speech*.
  • Excessively long or rambling submissions. (Please keep this in mind! Get your ideas out but also remember the reader.)

Other notes:

  • Minor grammatical errors or errors in spelling may be corrected prior to publication.
  • We will publish as many submissions as possible and just because yours is not published immediately does not mean it was not well received and it does not mean you should not submit again.

NOTE: An Open Letter reserves the right to refrain from publishing any submission without explanation or response.

*Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits. / Public figure in the law of defamation (libel and slander), a personage of great public interest or familiarity like a government official, politician, celebrity, business leader, movie star or sports hero.