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. You will be asked to include the following:
- Your Name – Don’t send CVs or resumes. It doesn’t really matter to the editor, and he doesn’t read them. 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 new information or unique insight do you have to offer, and how is it relevant? Communicate in just one or two sentences (no more than 155 characters) what the benefit to the reader will be. (If you find it hard to communicate your main point so succinctly, you may wish to learn more about the editor’s writing coaching program.)
- Submission Status – Please state whether you are submitting the article exclusively or simultaneously. If the piece has already been published elsewhere previously, please identify the original publisher and provide a link if it’s online.
- 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 your final draft in Word format. Sometimes this file will be returned to you for further development or revision. Please keep any revisions or comments from the editor intact in the markup. See the “Process” section below for more information. (There is also a video tutorial below for how to use Word’s markup features.)
To increase the likelihood that your article will be published, please follow the guidelines below.
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FPJ seeks to publish information and perspectives lacking in the mainstream media establishment’s reporting on important issues. FPJ’s mission is to educate and empower people with the knowledge they need to make a difference in their own lives and help make a positive impact, to make this world a better place for future generations.
All content submitted should align with FPJ’s mission and values. 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.
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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; for example: “North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)”.
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.
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 short tutorial 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.
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 & Terms
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. (In such cases, you are always welcome to publish your content on your own blog or website with a link to the original at FPJ, but if you’d like to subsequently also submit the content to other publications, please inquire with the editor for permission.)
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
- With tens of thousands of monthly visitors to the site, you will have the opportunity to get your content in front a large audience. Your content will be included in FPJ Weekly, the email newsletter delivered to regular readers every Sunday, as well as shared to FPJ’s social media accounts.
- Expanding your possible reach, your article will be indexed at Google News.
- FPJ has established a reputation as a reliable source for information and perspectives readers just can’t get from the mainstream media establishment. Getting your content published with FPJ is an opportunity for you to gain authority and credibility as a writer.
- You can market yourself and grow your reader community. You are encouraged to use your bio, which will appear with your content, for this purpose. Introduce who you are and what you do, and include links to your social media profiles and your blog or 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 or other products or services. If you’ve written any books or have other means of sustaining your work you’d like to promote, that is awesome. Feel free to request the editor to include cover image and link to the book at Amazon.com within the content. Other possibilities can also be discussed. (If your content is written specifically to promote a brand or drive traffic to a landing page, or for other purposes which would give rise to a potential conflict of interest, please click here to learn more about native or other advertising with FPJ.)
Thank you for considering Foreign Policy Journal as an outlet for your writing!
Disclaimer and Terms
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. (Yes, regretfully, this has happened enough times that it has become necessary to actually make a note of it here.)
Likewise, do not submit content to FPJ that you have simultaneously submitted elsewhere if the other publication(s) you’ve sent it to expect exclusivity or would otherwise have a problem with FPJ also publishing it. Do not email the editor asking him to unpublish an article you submitted because it had since been published first elsewhere. If some other publisher has a problem with FPJ publishing a piece you submitted to FPJ to be published, that is your problem to work out with that other publisher. You should avoid such conundrums by familiarizing yourself with and adhering to the submission guidelines and terms and conditions of every publication your submit to. You are always welcome to contact the editor to withdraw a submission if need be.