Want to write for EdSurge?

What you need to know to become a contributing writer for EdSurge.

We welcome you to share your insights, commentaries and lessons learned with the growing community of educators and entrepreneurs who turn to EdSurge for the latest news, trends and developments on the future of learning.

On behalf of our readers, though, we are a bit choosy! Below are our editorial guidelines:

In a nutshell, your piece should be a fresh, thoughtful commentary or narrative on issues relevant to the future of learning, written by someone who has unique expertise or experience. It should be a lot more like a high-quality Quora post, or a New York Times essay—rather than a marketing or product pitch. If a piece reads like marketing material or a press release, we are not likely to accept it.

Examples of great pieces include:

Aim to keep your commentary to 700 to 900 words (give or take). They should include relevant links to topics, research and other specific items that you’re discussing.

In addition, please include a brief bio, links to your work (Twitter, LinkedIn, personal blog, etc.) along with a thumbnail picture of yourself.

When we receive your draft, we’ll get back to you within two weeks with a thumbs up or down. What could lead us to decline your piece:

  • Not enough of a fresh perspective or information
  • Lack of clarity or command of written English
  • Lack of substance or evidence for the points that you make
  • Marketing pitches for companies, products or services that you provide as a consultant
  • Excessive vitriol or pandering

Finally, let us know if you’re receiving any perks or compensation for organizations that you’re writing about or that are related to the subject that you’re describing. We try to steer clear of conflicts of interest or subtle bias. The name of the game is to be upfront with our readers about anything that might have a significant influence on your opinions.

If we accept your submission, we will assign an editor to work with you. We will also send you a writer’s agreement that must be signed before the piece is published. Here’s the legal fine print:

You retain copyright of the piece and grant us a nonexclusive right to run the piece online or in any future collections of pieces. You grant us the right to run the piece exclusively for 15 days. We’ll cheer (okay, tweet!) with gusto! If you repost it, please include a line that reads, “This piece originally appeared on EdSurge on [DATE],” and the link to the original article.

We’re eager to continue to build a quality community site and are excited to welcome you into it! Please reach out with questions.

Please send your proposed article or a summary of it to: tips@edsurge.com.

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