How to Submit a Blog Post to the Expert Forum
Thank you for your interest in contributing to the ACS Expert Forum!
The ACS Expert Forum welcomes blog ideas from all our friends and colleagues in the progressive and legal communities. If you would like to write a blog post for Expert Forum, please submit a short summary of your idea (pitch) and a member of the ACS editorial team will get in touch with you.
Please submit your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
- The topic of the blog
- Your main messages/points/arguments
- The ideal timing for publication (note any external events we should know about)
- Your title or affiliation, social media handles, and your relationship/experience with ACS
Submission Guidelines for Blogs
Length: Aim for 800 to 1,500 words. Maximum total word limit of 2,000 words.
Formatting tips for digital content: To help break up text passages, attract search engine traffic, and aid readers who scan, please consider inserting subheadings and bullet points for lists.
Citations: Please use endnotes or hyperlinks to articles to substantiate any claims, cite original sources, or for other attribution purposes.
Proofread: Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their submissions. Please ensure that your blog has been proofread, your citations checked, and the piece properly finalized, as you would if submitting an op-ed to the newspaper.
Images: Images and graphics help make a post more engaging and we like to include them with blogs when possible. Please make sure you have permission to use any visual elements you provide and include attribution.
Promotion and Social Media Distribution
Once a blog pitch is approved, the ACS Communications Team will then work with you to schedule the blog, considering other items on the editorial calendar and external news hooks (where relevant). Please be aware that blog publication dates often change in response to breaking news and shifting priorities.
ACS will promote your post on social media, which may include Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. We encourage contributors to do the same. By contributing to the blog, you grant us the right to use your name in promotions and other publications.
Republishing and Repurposing Your Posts
Contributors to the Expert Forum may repurpose their posts elsewhere, with “American Constitution Society Expert Forum” credited as the original source and a link to the original post provided.