Submit an Article

Submit an Article

The Rational Standard is always looking for new and interesting content which is relevant to our principles and our followers. All contributions by guest writers must comply with all the below criteria and should be sent to:

editor@rationalstandard.com

Submit an Article

These are opinion pieces, essays, and analysis. They make up the bulk of our content. If your submission fulfils the following criteria, please submit it to editor@rationalstandard.com:

  • Word minimum: 500, but will grant exceptions to exceptional articles.
  • Word limit: 1800. If you would like to submit a longer piece, please contact us first with your pitch.
  • It must cover an economic, political, or social topic, preferably in the South African or African context – although international submissions may also be accepted.
  • It must be in clear and understandable English, and be properly formatted with appropriate paragraph breaks.
  • The content must have a freedom bias – in other words, it must generally favor individual rights rather than the interests of the State, favor reason rather than knee-jerk emotion, and favor liberty rather than control.
  • A short bio of yourself must be included at the end of the article, in the third person (“John Doe is…”).
  • Please send articles in the body of the email unless image formatting is important, then send it as a .doc or .docx

Be aware that the Rational Standard runs on a skeleton crew of volunteer editors. As such, any article surpassing 1000 words will be given low priority. Unlike some larger media houses, we edit our articles to ensure quality.

Submit a Remark

We all have something to write but not necessarily enough time to write it. Rational Remarks are designed for people who want to share short ideas or comment on politics and other issues concisely. If you want to submit a Rational Remark, please fulfil the following criteria and categorise the submission appropriately:

  • It must be between 100 and 500 words in length.
  • It must be in clear and understandable English, and be properly formatted with appropriate paragraph breaks.
  • The content must have a freedom bias – in other words, it must generally favor individual rights rather than the interests of the State, favor reason rather than emotion, and favor liberty rather than control.
  • Your name and main occupation and/or the city you live in must be included at the end of the Remark, in the third person (“John Doe is…”).
  • Please send articles in the body of the email unless image formatting is important, then send it as a .doc or .docx

Referencing

Please hyperlink all web sources to the respective word or phrase that needs citing. All non-web or general sources should be incorporated into the text of the article (“Professor John Doe, in his 2017 book, John’s Philosophy, says that…”).

Tips

  • The best length for an article is 500-800 words. Otherwise, they will take too long to edit and most readers will only skim the article.
  • Keep your titles simple and literal. Creative titles can be fun, but don’t get good views. We will change inappropriate titles.

All contributions by guest writers must comply with all the above criteria and should be sent to:

editor@rationalstandard.com