Submit to the Blog!

Submissions to Brief Policy Perspectives are open to any member of the Trachtenberg School community: current students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

Submission guidelines:

  • Please limit your submission to no more than 1000 words unless you receive prior approval from the editorial team.
  • Keep the focus on policy, not politics.
    1. A good question to keep in mind when writing your article is “What are the policy implications?”
    2. We will accept submissions that discuss the political feasibility of a getting a policy initiative passed, or that discuss different partisan approaches to a issue.
    3. We will not accept overtly political and partisan content.
  • Write about something you are passionate about! Brief Policy Perspectives should be considered a forum to educate and inform others about a policy area that’s important to you.
  • Be respectful.  We hope the content on Brief Policy Perspectives generates debate and exchange of ideas; just remember to keep it civil.
  • Use headings and subheadings where appropriate to help the reader follow your argument.
  • Please cite by using hyperlinks in-text. Do not use academic citations. See existing posts for examples.

We accept the following types of content:

  • Policy brief: a short summary of the issue, the relevant policy options to deal with the issue, and a recommended option
  • Opinion piece: an informed personal opinion on existing or forthcoming policy
  • Article review: a review of a long-form reported article (feature pieces in publications like The Atlantic or the New York Times Magazine). Please include a link to the article you are reviewing.
  • Event recap: a description of policy-related events (speeches, debates, lectures, hearings, etc.)
  • Interview: a conversation with someone who works in the policy space. Please indicate when an answer was paraphrased or quoted verbatim.

Please note: Submitting a piece as a guest contributor does not guarantee it will be published. If we do accept your submission, it will be subject to the same rigorous editing standards we apply to all writing published on this site. We may require the piece to undergo significant edits and revisions before it can be published.

If you have an idea for a piece but are unsure if it would be a good fit for the site, we highly recommend that you reach out to us at before you begin writing. Our editorial team can provide feedback and guidance to ensure your piece adheres to our content standards.