Interested in writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education? We welcome pitches and submissions to our Advice and Review sections. You’ll find more information about each section’s focus and guidelines below.
We pay for all writing that we publish. Our rates are competitive, and vary depending on a piece’s length and complexity.
What is the Advice section?
We publish first-person and advice columns on a wide range of career-related topics for faculty members, administrators, and staff members. The Advice section features essays on the job market and the hiring process in academe; the graduate-school experience; tenure and promotion; the administrative career path; the staff career path; professional challenges in research, publishing, teaching, and service work; academic culture; and balancing work and life.
Here are a few pieces that demonstrate our style and approach:
- 10 Course Policies to Rethink on Your Fall Syllabus
- On Why I’m Leaving Academe
- Small Changes in Teaching
- A Survival Guide for Black, Indigenous, and Other Women of Color in Academe
- Stop Ignoring Microaggressions Against Your Staff
- 6 Types of Book Proposals That Don’t Get Contracts
- The Management Corner: Are You Struggling to Make Decisions?
- The Relief of Consistent Leadership
We also publish in-depth, interactive advice guides on topics such as:
- How to Make the Most of an Academic Conference
- How to Hold a Better Class Discussion
- How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive
How to pitch to the Advice section
We welcome both pitches and essay submissions. Ideal pitches are one to two paragraphs and convey the topic and argument of the essay and why you are well positioned to write it. Please keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Pieces are typically 1,000 to 1,800 words.
- Pieces should offer practical, how-to, what-to-do, what-not-to-do suggestions for solving a particular problem. They should not be philosophical or theoretical in tone.
- Pieces should be written in a conversational, journalistic style — as jargon-free as possible. No footnotes, please. Include links to and titles of sources you cite within the piece itself.
- Pieces must be factual and truthful — no narrative liberties, no altered facts.
Direct pitches and submissions to the senior editor Denise Magner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What is the Chronicle Review?
The Review is the opinion and ideas section of The Chronicle of Higher Education. We publish op-eds, book reviews, profiles, long-form reporting, and essays that deal with academic, intellectual, and cultural affairs. We seek clear, lively writing that has a definite point of view. Here are a few pieces that demonstrate our style and approach:
- The Philosopher of #MeToo, by Maggie Doherty
- What’s Wrong With Public Intellectuals, by Mark Greif
- When Wellness Is a Dirty Word, by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela
- We’re Begging Students to Save Our Lives, by Amy Olberding
- Why Was It So Easy for Jessica Krug to Fool Everyone?, by Jason England
- The Apocalyptic New Campus Novel, by Charlie Tyson
How to pitch to the Review
Before pitching, please read through our recent essays to get a sense of our style and focus. An ideal pitch is one to two paragraphs and clearly answers the following questions:
- What type of piece are you proposing? (A non-exhaustive list of possibilities: an op-ed on X topic; a review essay considering several recent books; an extended piece of reporting; a profile of an intriguing thinker. Please also suggest a rough word count.)
- What is your angle or argument? (If you’re engaging with an issue that’s been previously written about, how are you extending or refreshing that conversation? If you’re suggesting something that hasn’t been written about previously, tell us why it’s important and potentially interesting to our readers.)
- Why does this make sense to publish now? (Is it timely or newsy in some way?)
- Why are you the person to write it? (Do you have relevant experience or expertise with the issue at hand?)
Points 1 and 2 are essential; 3 and 4 are helpful, but may not be relevant to every pitch. If you have published writing elsewhere, definitely mention that and include a link or two to past work. If you haven’t, don’t worry about it — we’re excited about publishing new writers, too.
Please email your pitch to email@example.com with the subject line “Pitch: [a few words about your specific pitch].”
Here is some general guidance on writing effective pitches. Bear in mind that we reject most pitches, often for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the idea (we just published something similar; the angle isn’t quite right for us, etc.). If we pass on your pitch, feel free to pitch us again in the future.
Who’s reading Review pitches?
Your pitches will be read by the Review’s editorial staff: Eugene McCormack, Evan Goldstein, Len Gutkin, and David Wescott. You are welcome to write directly to any of us, though we discuss pitches as a group. Emails addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org are the quickest way to reach all of us.
What’s the Review’s editorial process?
We decide collectively which pitches to accept, then assign each piece to a single editor. That editor will be in touch with you to agree on a rate and a deadline for an initial draft. After you send the initial draft, the editor will reply (usually within a few days) with edits and queries. Writer and editor will then go back and forth through several rounds of edits.
When editor and writer have agreed on a final draft, the essay will be copy-edited and fact-checked. Writers will have the opportunity to review and approve the final text before publication. Editors decide where and when the piece is published: Some articles will appear in print and online, while others will appear only online. (There is no difference in pay.)
The time scale varies. Sometimes we move from pitch to published article in just a few days; other times, it’s more like a month or two. If you have specific time constraints — i.e., you’ll be on vacation or very busy during a specific week or two — let us know upfront; we can usually work with that.
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In exchange for our one-time payment, you give The Chronicle the exclusive right to publish and to sell through syndication, directly or through others, the article in any form for 30 days from the publication date. After 30 days and without further remuneration, you give The Chronicle a nonexclusive and irrevocable license in perpetuity to republish the article in print, online, through syndication, or in any other form, manner, format, or medium, whether now known or hereafter developed, throughout the world and in any language, directly or through others, and to include the article in electronic archives and databases, whether maintained by The Chronicle or by third parties. We will approve requests to make limited numbers of copies of the article available for use by students or for custom reprints. After 30 days, you retain the right to republish the article anywhere else you choose.
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