Foreign Policy Journal welcomes article submissions. If you have an article you think would be well suited for publication at FPJ, please use the form below to submit your proposal to the editor, Jeremy R. Hammond. Please include the following in your message:
- Your Name – Don’t send CVs or resumes. The editor doesn’t read them. He doesn’t care. All he cares about is whether you have something important to say and can communicate it effectively. (Note: FPJ does not publish articles by anonymous or pseudonymous writers or press releases.)
- Article Title – Your title should capture readers’ attention and give them a good idea what the piece is about. You have split seconds to catch readers’ attention. Their time is valuable. Why should they click the headline to read the article? Your title should communicate a good reason. Don’t sacrifice meaningfulness for cleverness. Try to keep it within 60 characters.
- Article Description/Value Proposition – As with the title, make a value proposition to your reader. You have a couple seconds to hook them. What important information or fresh perspective can they hope to gain from reading it? Communicate in just a sentence or two (within 160 characters) what the benefit to the reader will be.
- Submission Status – Please state whether you are submitting the article exclusively or simultaneously. If the piece has already been published elsewhere previously, please also say so.
- Brief Bio – Include a short biography written in third person as you would like it to appear with the article.
You will receive a reply informing you whether your proposal will be considered. If positively received, you will be asked to send the final draft in Word format. Please follow the guidelines below to increase your chances that your article will be published.
The editor also offers paid consulting. Inquire about his writing coaching services to help you communicate your ideas more effectively and gain skills to advance your writing career.
FPJ seeks to publish information and perspectives lacking in the thought-controlling mainstream media. Articles inciting violence, encouraging or defending violations of international law, which are prejudicial towards individuals’ rights, etc., will be rejected. This may be standard fare for the mainstream media, but is exactly the kind of thing FPJ was established to combat.
Please fact check your work carefully. Particularly if your article is about something controversial, it’s best to provide sources to support your assertions. FPJ’s editorial policy can be summed up as follows: Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. (See below for how to source your work.)
By all means, please include an image with your work. Just be sure that either you are the copyright owner, you have permission from the copyright owner (click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses), or the image is in the public domain. Please include any necessary attribution (photo credit) and description (caption) and send image files as separate attachments in your email (don’t embed them in your article in Word; if you want them placed in a specific spot, just indicate where they should appear with a placeholder, like this: “[Image 1]”).
When writing your content, and especially your title and description, try to take SEO (search engine optimization) into consideration. If someone was going to find your article by doing a Google search, what keywords would they type in? Your target key phrase should be specific, not too general. You can get an idea of the kinds of related terms people search for by typing into Google and seeing the auto suggestions that appear. Include your target keyword phrase in the title, description, and lead paragraph.
Don’t assume your readers know what you’re talking about. Include any necessary context for readers to be able to understand the piece. Be sure to identify acronyms in their first use, such as “North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)”.
Use the bio as an opportunity to market yourself.
In addition to your bio, you are also encouraged to send a profile photo to appear with it. As with images to appear with the article, send it as a separate attachment (not in the Word file). (If you have a Gravatar associated with your email address, it will automatically appear alongside your bio so you won’t need to send a photo.)
If you have a blog or website or are on social media, by all means, send the links to also be featured with your bio.
If you have books, mention them in your bio, link your book titles to their product page on Amazon.com.
If you want your profile picture to appear, you may send one along attached to your email (or, better yet, just manage a universal avatar via Gravatar.com).
If you contribute to FPJ regularly, you may be considered for inclusion on the Featured Writers page.
Please attach your article to your email as a Word file (.doc or .docx).
If you provide sources for information in your article (which is highly encouraged), you may use embedded links (like this) or use the automatic footnotes/endnotes feature in Word (Please use Chicago manual of style formatting for footnotes, and formatting in general). Embedded links are recommended for news and opinion pieces and endnotes for more scholarly articles (i.e., those published under the “Essays” category). Be prepared to provide sources if requested by the editor.
To learn how to properly cite sources using Word’s endnote feature, please watch this video.
Single-space and do not indent. Do not hit “Enter” twice to create space between paragraphs; use Word’s paragraph spacing instead. Do not use a double space after periods. (It’s not a typewriter!)
Please use the “em dash” (—), not the dash (-) or double dash (–), to indicate a break in thought—like this, for instance—in the middle of a sentence. One way to do this is by making sure Word’s feature to automatically convert “–” into “—” is turned on.
Don’t use any fancy formatting. Use “Normal” style for text and “Heading 2” or “Heading 3” for subheadings (you can use these hierarchically).
Be consistent in your use of quotation marks. Use smart quotes or straight quotes, but don’t mix them! Also stick to American usage (double quotation mark for quotes, single for quotes within quotes).
Likewise, use American English spellings, not British English.
Use the format “Month Date, Year” for dates, such as “January 1, 2016”. Don’t use ordinals (e.g., “1st”).
Italicize the names of books or publications, such as War and Peace or the New York Times (but not news agencies like Reuters or the Associated Press). Place article titles in quotation marks.
Submitted articles should be in final draft form. Please take care to proofread your own work before submitting it. Articles are carefully reviewed before publication, but submissions that at a glance would clearly require extensive proofing and revision will be rejected. If English is not your first language, you may wish to have someone proofread and edit your work before submitting it.
Many (if not most) alternative news sites, if they accept your work, will copy and paste it for publication (oftentimes, typos and all). FPJ is different. Articles you read at FPJ have gone through an oftentimes extensive editorial review process. If you are not willing to work with an editor to address any concerns or to accept suggestions on how to revise and improve your article, do not submit to FPJ.
Another thing that sets FPJ apart is its publication of academic articles (under the “Essays” category), including papers of considerable length. If you submit a paper to FPJ, expect it to undergo more rigorous review by the editor and be prepared to work with him to address any concerns or take his comments into consideration.
If the editor decides that your article requires any kind of significant revision before publication, you will be notified and given the opportunity to revise your draft and/or approve of any proposed changes. Any proposed revisions are intended only to improve the accuracy and quality of each article. Minor editorial revisions that don’t go to substance may be made without notification, and your title may also be revised (if you don’t want your title to be revised, please make sure that any reader scanning the headline will know what your article is about, as explained above).
To learn how to use Word’s markup feature to track changes and make comments, please watch this video.
Copyright and Terms
Authors generally retain copyright ownership of their work.
The act of submitting an article constitutes the granting of permission for FPJ to publish that work. If you wish to withdraw a submission absent legitimate reason (e.g., having promised it to some other publication as an exclusive despite having already submitted it to FPJ is not a legitimate reason), you must do so before the editor has spent time reviewing and preparing the piece for publication. Take responsibility for your own mistakes. FPJ is under no obligation to honor such requests that show no respect for the editor’s time and labor.
If either the article is submitted as an exclusive or the published version of an article is the product of significant collaboration with the editor (e.g., an academic paper published under “Essays”), it is considered that you are granting to FPJ exclusive publishing rights.
Articles published at FPJ may not be republished without express permission from FPJ and/or the copyright owner. If you would like to republish an article from FPJ, please contact the editor for permission.
Benefits of Publishing with FPJ
FPJ is not presently able to offer compensation for published work. However, FPJ can offer the following benefits if your work is accepted for publication:
- Your article will be indexed at Google News.
- You can market yourself. Build your audience. Gain credibility. Make your voice heard. Your bio will be included with each article, which may include your social networking profiles (i.e., Facebook, Twitter) and a link to your blog/website. Frequent contributors will have the opportunity to be included on the Featured Writers page and have their own category accessible from the main navigation menu.
- You can sell your books, if you’ve authored any. Just send the editor a link to your book at Amazon.com and he’ll be happy to include a cover image and link in your article content. If you are a regular contributor, your book may also be included in the FPJ store and advertised elsewhere on the site. If you have products other than books you’d like to promote, just make a note of it to the editor.
Thank you for considering Foreign Policy Journal as an outlet for your writing!
FPJ seeks to publish a diverse range of perspectives on any given issue. The views and opinions expressed in articles published at FPJ are the respective author’s own. Authors/copyright owners are fully responsible for their own work. While the editor makes a good faith effort to ensure the accuracy of information contained in published articles, FPJ assumes no responsibility or legal liability, express or implied, for the content of any work of the author/copyright owner.
It should be needless to say (but unfortunately isn’t) that Foreign Policy Journal is not the Washington Post Co.-owned Foreign Policy magazine. Similarly, FPJ is not a peer-reviewed academic journal. If you submit an article to FPJ thinking it is FP magazine or some other journal and it is accepted and published, do not ask that it be unpublished so you can resubmit it elsewhere. The editor may consider such a request if you are willing to compensate him for his time, but do try to avoid such circumstances by familiarizing yourself with the publications you submit your work to, and take responsibility for your own mistakes, folks. (Yes, regretfully, this has happened enough times that it has become necessary to actually make a note of it here.)