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Submission Guidelines

Cognoscenti features opinions, perspectives and essays from some of New England’s best and brightest thinkers. We publish commentaries on politics, culture, sports, law, medicine, innovation, religion and media. In selecting our pieces, we consider timeliness, originality and strength of argument. But above all, we look for great writing and provocative thought leadership.

For the newcomers who wish to write for Cognoscenti, submissions can be sent to opinion@wbur.org. If we feel it is a good fit with minimal revisions, we will be in touch. We do our utmost to respond to everyone in a timely fashion.

Here are some things for writers to keep in mind:

  • Submissions should be between 500-1000 words. 750 is ideal.
  • Writing should focus tightly on one issue or idea.
  • Express your opinion, and then back it up with facts, research or first-hand experience.
  • Please cite your sources and double-check your facts before sending your submission to us.
  • Submissions should answer the following questions: What is my argument/point? Why is this worth reading now — at this moment? Why should people care?
  • All pieces will be edited — but will be sent back to you for approval if any changes are made.
  • Please suggest any appropriate links, images, etc. that might enhance your piece.
  • We also welcome suggested headlines/teases — but reserve the right to change them.
  • Cognoscenti is primarily a platform for original content. With proper attribution, a piece can be based on research or work you have done in the past, but it must be rewritten — never copied/pasted.
  • We ask that submissions be sent exclusively to Cognoscenti.

Upon request, WBUR will pay a one-time $50 honorarium for each published commentary. Re-purposed or cross-posted content is occasionally accepted but will not be compensated. Upon acceptance of your first submission, you will be required to sign a standard author agreement release form, which deals with copyright and ownership issues.