submissions

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE

  1. Read our frequently asked questions (FAQ) about submissions.
  2. Keep these guidelines in mind when writing your post.
  3. Email your completed post to submissions@powertopersuade.org.au.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT SHOULD I WRITE ABOUT?

Power to Persuade welcomes contributions on any aspect of social policy. You might like to write about a particular facet of the policy process, issues specific to your sector, or anything else that is important to you.

Two areas that we are particularly interested in are:

  1. Your own experiences – Whether you’re a policymaker, practitioner or researcher, we love hearing about your experiences and the challenges you face. What makes your work rewarding? What makes it hard? How could it be made better or easier?
  2. Collaboration across sectors – Our blog is all about building cross-sectoral partnerships, so we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this topic. Have you worked with people outside your sector? Was it successful? What were the challenges involved? How can cross-sectoral work help us improve policy design, implementation and outcomes?

I HAVE AN IDEA FOR A POST BUT I’M NOT SURE IF IT’S RELEVANT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please send us an email describing your topic and we’ll let you know if it’s something we’re interested in. If you’re really stuck, we’re also happy to suggest a few ideas for you to write about.

I HAVE SOME PRETTY STRONG OPINIONS ABOUT THIS STUFF. IS THAT OK?

Absolutely! We want to stimulate debate and conversation, so you are free to make your posts as opinionated as you like. (Of course, we won’t publish anything that is offensive, defamatory, discriminatory or otherwise not very nice.)

DO YOU HAVE TO PUBLISH MY REAL NAME?

Power to Persuade promotes open and honest discussion, so we encourage contributors to use their real name. However, we recognise that some people would prefer to remain anonymous for a variety of reasons. If that’s the case, please let us know – we will leave the name off your contribution or use a pseudonym.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY ARTICLE BE?

We like to keep our posts reasonably short. 400–800 words is the ideal length, and anything over 1000 words is probably a bit too long.

If you have a longer article to contribute, you might like to consider splitting it into two or more separate posts.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WRITING FOR POWER TO PERSUADE?

Here are a few tips on how to write for our blog:

  1. Avoid overly formal or academic language – Power to Persuade isn’t an academic journal. Please stick to plain, conversational language in your post.
  2. Minimise jargon – To make sure people from other sectors get the most out of your article, try to avoid the use of any industry-specific jargon. If you have to use a term others might not be familiar with, please ensure it is clearly defined.
  3. Avoid very long sentences and paragraphs – Short and punchy is preferable to dense and verbose.
  4. Make use of subheadings, bulleted lists and links ­– We encourage you to break up long passages of text with subheadings, and to use bullet points rather than commas for long lists. You should also feel free to include links to any related pages or articles.

WILL YOU EDIT MY POST WITHOUT TELLING ME?

If we need to make any changes to your post, we will send the edited version back to you for approval before we publish it.

The only exception to this is if the fixes are purely cosmetic (spelling issues, typos, punctuation etc.). Please let us know if you would like to be consulted about these minor edits as well.

WILL I GET PAID?

Unfortunately not. Power to Persuade is a non-profit, volunteer-run operation, so we are unable to pay our contributors. However, you will retain all rights to your submission, meaning you are free to publish it elsewhere as well.

I’M IN! WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

Fantastic! Please email submissions@powertopersuade.org.au with your submission or idea and we’ll be in touch shortly.