How to submit an article for publication on LPOC.org:
We are looking for interesting and informative articles about current events, politics, history, ideas, and principles that present or explore the libertarian perspective: individual liberty, self-ownership, voluntary association, limited government, private property, free-market economics, individual responsibility, and equal rights.
Keep in mind that, with any article we publish, we want to attract a broad group of readers, not just a small group of "hard-core" libertarians. Our goal is to inform the general public about the Libertarian Party, libertarian principles, and Libertarian solutions to issues. Please follow our submission guidelines below.
What to Submit
Length. Your article should be formatted as a standard column and be 500 to 1200 words in length. If you would like to submit a longer article, please contact us to discuss it or consider splitting it into multiple articles.
Title. Submit your preferred title with the article. We may suggest a different title based on its length or to better grab the reader's attention.*
Image. To get our readers' attention, we try to include a relevant image/picture with every article we publish. This image will be seen in the main view of your article when posted online or shared on social media. If you have a preferred image in mind, submit it along with your article. The image should be relevant to the main idea in your article. We may suggest a different image based on relevance or to better grab the reader's attention.*
Bio. Include a brief, one or two sentence, bio that we will use to identify you to our readers.
Content & Format. We publish nonfiction articles and opinion pieces; please do not submit works of fiction. Articles should be interesting and timely, fair and well argued (no straw men), clearly written and formatted, and focused on only a few key points. Break up overly long paragraphs to improve online readability. If necessary, include subheadings to organize your writing and improve readability.
Tone & Audience. We want to attract a broad group of readers and inform the general public: While we want you to maintain your unique writing style and voice, your article should be easy to read and written in plain language. Try to avoid jargon, too many "big words," and overly complex sentences.
Documentation & Sources. Your article should be supported with documented facts and quotations, with attributions included in the text. Online sources should have the URL embedded as part of the text.
*We will not publish substantive changes to your submission without your approval.
How to Submit
Submit your article in an email and in MS Word or Google Docs format. Include the Title of your article and Author's Name in the subject line. In the body of your email, include a few sentences that explain the main idea of your article. Also include a brief, one or two sentence, bio that we will use to identify you to our readers.
You can send your submission to: email@example.com. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for us to respond to your message. If we do not respond in that period of time, please follow up; your article may have been accidentally missed.
We appreciate your hard work and any article you submit. So please don't take it personally if we decline to publish your article. There may be any number of reasons your article may not be a good fit for us to publish at any given time -- we would encourage you to submit another one on a different topic.
The Libertarian Party of Orange County does not ask for exclusive rights to any article you submit. We do reserve the right to distribute, in any format, articles we have accepted for publication. If you have already published your article on another website or your personal blog, you may include the URL to that other source with your submission and we will include a link to it when we publish your article.