Submission Guidelines for Guest Commentary

  1. Commentaries should be approximately 750 words.
  2. WND does not pay for unsolicited commentary, but we will read it and consider it for publication.
  3. Because of the volume of e-mail WND receives, we are unable to respond to most unsolicited commentary submissions and inquiries. However, if we intend to run an unsolicited commentary, we will contact the writer within three business days of receiving it.
  4. Unsolicited commentaries will usually be published in WND only if they have not run previously in other publications. However, we do link to commentaries in other Internet publications if we think they will be of interest to our readers.
  5. All commentaries must be e-mailed as a simple text-file attachment or as an MS Word file to “[email protected].” (Email text leaves carriage returns to strip out and sometimes does weird things to special characters, so make sure you attach your document and/or text file.)
  6. Please include your name, ground address, email address and phone number on both your email itself and the attached document or text file.
  7. Please include a brief (no more than 50 words) bio describing yourself, your expertise and/or where you have been published previously on both your email itself and the attached document or text file.
  8. All text should be left-justified and each paragraph separated by a single line space.
  9. Format words to be italicized using HTML tags as follows: <I>italicize these words</I>
  10. Format numbered lists using HTML tags as follows:<OL>
    </OL>After each <LI> tag is the information for that line item. If you just want bulleted, unnumbered lists, substitute a U for the O in the <OL> tags. Example: There are four things one must do to survive:<OL>
    <LI>Breathe air.
    <LI>Assimilate food and water.
    <LI>Control body temperature.
  11. Format links using HTML tags as follows:
    <A HREF=”http://placetheURLhere”>place the text for the URL here</A>. Example:Please visit WND’s
    <A HREF=””>website</A> every day!
  12. Stick to your main point and back up your assertions with examples, logic, links, and/or facts. Unsubstantiated opinion is not very helpful, nor interesting.
  13. Keep it readable. Too many statistics, technical terms, acronyms, links or italics will cause readers to lose interest.
  14. WND follows the AP Stylebook. Some of the more common style usages follow:
    1. Numbers less than 10 are spelled out, numbers greater than nine are written as numbers. Exceptions: Always spell the number out if it begins a sentence. Write the number if it signifies age or percentage. Fractions such as two-thirds are spelled out and hyphenated.
    2. Titles such as president, governor, etc. are lower case unless they immediately precede the person who holds the title. For example, President George W. Bush was the 43rd chief executive of the United States.
    3. Don’t follow organization names with acronyms. Write out the full name of the organization the first time and use its acronym with later references.