Also, this blog is about progressive candidates and causes. It is not about 1.) promoting other non-progressive candidates 2.) telling us reasons why anyone shouldn't be running for office and 3.) ranting about how much you love/hate any cause or candidate. The editor reserves the right to reject all submissions that do not fit the blog's theme or objective or are not written in understandable English for general audiences.
That is not censorship--it's called editorial control. All publications exercise it. Act professionally, please.
If you're reading this page, then we're assuming you're interested in submitting your thoughts to us and want to know more. Follow these simple guidelines and you shouldn't have any trouble. If you have trouble or questions, email us at email@example.com and we'll do our best to help you out. Good with that? Okay, on to the guidelines...
There is but one rule you must follow: BE POLITE.
Yes, it's that simple. This is a family friendly blog, so we want to make it clear upfront that we don't want mud-slinging, name-calling, finger-pointing, cursing or profanity in any way, shape or form. If you want to rant and rave and spout nasty epithets and hint at hurting others, then you've found the wrong forum. I'm sure there are many other places you can do those activities online, so please go there to do it. We just don't want any of that unpleasantness here.
What we do want is your thoughts, ideas, opinions and dreams of what is happening in your life as an ordinary American and how you feel/believe progressive policies might help you achieve your goals and help us all experience a better America. That's a wide open topic, and we can't wait to see what all you have to share with us.
Note: Remember, progressive candidates and causes should be the topic of your piece--not someone or something else.
We are aiming for at least one new blog posting per week. That's why we need you to share your visions with us. We know we're not alone in supporting progressive, and we want others to see how many supporters he really does have.
We'd like to see blog articles of approximately 500 words in length. If you write a shorter piece--fantastic. If you write a little bit longer--that's good, too. Our reasoning is that most blog readers enjoy shorter essays, so the 500 word mark is a good target to aim for. If you find that you cannot explain your vision in approximately 500 words, go ahead and send it along. We might be able to divide it into two or three blogs if that's okay with you.
(No novels, please! We're asking for short, heart-felt essays from real people and not fiction. There are plenty of other markets out there for your magnum opus.)
Self-edit your work carefully, then copy and paste it into the body of an email. No document attachments please. Type "Blog Submission" or something similar in the subject line so we don't miss it in the inbox.
Write us a short one or two line bio and place it at the end of your piece so everyone can know who you are and why you're supporting progressive candidates and causes. If you don't wish to give out your real name, you can use a pen name/avatar name or your initials instead. We really don't want a bunch of "Anonymouses" in the blog bylines.
Be proud of what you write and what you share. Be proud you're a progressive and/or Bernie supporter!
Yes, we will consider blog submissions from non-Americans, ex-pats, spouses of Americans, our men and women in uniform overseas, etc. It's good to see how the world views the USA and our chief executive-to-be. English language submissions only please.
If you have any photos or graphics you've created yourself that help illustrate your piece, please send them along. A photo-journalism styled blog posting would be pretty cool--especially if you get a shot of you and Bernie together on the campaign trail. Poetry? Why not. If you like to write it and it fits our blog topic, go for it.
Send your blog and short bio to us in the body of an email to this address:
Decision of the editors on what is accepted and published on the blog is final. We will edit for grammar, spelling and clarity of expression (and possibly length). We're not looking for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism. We're looking for something the comes from the heart and is shared in your own words. (Don't sweat the small details. Don't swallow a thesaurus, either. Use everyday language. The copy editor will help your blog shine. That's what she does for a living.)
Copyright will belong to the author of the blog piece. We reserve the right to post excerpts of your work on other web sites to show others what is being published on the blog, but we will not sell your work out from under you. (No way. That's happened to the editor before, and it's not very nice.) You are free to submit your writing elsewhere, and you are more than welcome to state that it has been published on The Bernie Blog. (Be sure to share the link.)
This is a solely volunteer-run enterprise and there is no payment for accepted submissions at this time. Sorry.
Good luck! Now get to writing that wonderful article!