Op-ed editors are inundated with submissions. Your chances of being published depend on how relevant, concise and opinionated you are.

To increase your odds of having your op-ed printed:

  • Be relevant. Connect your piece to a topical issue in the news, a new government report, an issue of current public debate, new research findings etc.
  • Capture the reader from the outset.
  • Take a stand at the beginning. Outline the issues but come down strongly on one side.
  • Back up your position with factual, statistical information or direct personal experience.
  • By the second paragraph the reader should know where you stand.
  • Be personal and conversational rather than academic, distant, or philosophical. 
  • Plain language. Lose the jargon and insider, technical vocabulary.
  • End your piece by restating your argument in the strongest terms, and make suggestions for how to improve matters.
  • Be concise – no more than 800 words.

Remember:

  • Include your full name, credentials and contact information.
  • Send the op-ed within the body of an e-mail, not as an attachment.
  • Put “Op-ed Submission” in the email subject line.
  • Submissions need to be exclusive to one media outlet. Don’t send it to a second newspaper until you’ve been declined by the first one.
  • The media reserve the right to edit, condense or reject your contribution.

Please send a copy of the op-ed to our Manager of Communications, Christine Pelletier, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can keep track. Of course, please let us know if and when your op-ed has been published.

Source: Queen's University, 2016