The editorial staff of Writing Commons invites the submission of articles intending to help college students improve their writing, research, and critical thinking. We conceive of our site as a creative space in which we enable writers to develop and share open-education resources; our site is open and free, and, subsequently, its content is constantly in flux.
We are concerned primarily with providing students with a comprehensive resource containing examples and explanations (in textual and multimedia forms, among others) that apply to the writing practices required of them in nearly all writing contexts: academic, professional, technical, and business.
Before beginning your project, you may want to send a brief proposal to Quentin Vieregge (Quentin[at]writingcommons[dot]org) to confirm that your idea matches our needs. Submission to Writing Commons is a dialogic process, and we encourage authors to collaborate closely with our editors when revising and rethinking the submission after the initial draft has been accepted or accepted with revisions. Writing Commons values accessibility, innovation, and the use of multi-media forms.
The readership for your article/submission includes undergraduate students in writing courses. To address such an audience, avoid difficult theories or complex discussions of research and issues or detailed discussions of pedagogy; rather, consider the interests and perspectives of students, with various levels of expertise, working through college-level writing projects. Brief references to outside sources may be helpful but for the purposes of exposition to an undergraduate audience.
For instance, many Writing Commons publications will introduce a rhetorical concept or term, briefly define it, and then explain how it could be applied to the everyday writing of undergraduates or writing in a professional or personal sphere. Feel free to include exercises and/or discussion questions which could be used by teachers or students in the classroom.
The typical Writing Commons submission will be approximately 750 to 1,000 words long, although longer webtexts may be submitted. For longer pieces, the use of headings within the piece is highly encouraged.
Writing Commons emphasizes multimodal learning and thus encourages contributors to include images and/or videos within their submissions. If an image was not produced by the author, the image must be Creative Commons-licensed or within the public domain. Since Writing Commons is not a commercial endeavor, you may include images that are designated for non-commercial purposes. The citation style used by Writing Commons for Creative Commons-licensed images is as follows:
Last name, First name (if provided), "Image Title (hyperlinked to image)" date photo was uploaded via Flickr (or other website). Creative Commons Attribution (licensing information).
Prodoehl, Pete, "Phone" November 30, 2008 via Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
If an image is within the public domain, it should be cited accordingly. For example:
Ball, Charles, "The Sepoy Mutiny of 1857" via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain Image (PD-1923).
For more information about public domain images and the proper licensing information, see this resource.
The placement of images may be designated by the contributor directly embedding images within the text or by noting the placement of images using comment bubbles. In either case, the contributor should attach the images to the email including the submission as separate jpeg files. For videos, please provide an embed code in a comment bubble in the Word doc that designates where the video should go within the text.
We welcome and encourage the inclusion of links to external webtexts; however, we ask that you use them rhetorically.
All articles should be documented according to the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd ed.).
When your webtext is accepted for publication, you will then need to sign a Creative Commons Copyright Form and return it to
If you are submitting podcasts, videos, or composing a multi-page hyperlinked text (which we strongly encourage), please e-mail Quentin Vieregge (
) directly for specific directions.
Submit manuscripts, cover letters and bylines to Quentin Vieregge at Quentin[at]writingcommons[dot]org and/or Jennifer Yirinec at Jennifer[at]writingcommons[dot]org.
Because webtexts are more concise than traditional academic essays, we intend to have a quick turn-around time; from initial submission to notification of the submission’s status, please allow approximately four weeks.
*Articles will be read blind by outside reviewers, so please make sure that your name does not appear on the title page or first page and that you do not identify yourself in the text or in the list of works cited. Please include your address, phone number, and e-mail address with all submissions.
Writing Commons, http://writingcommons.org, the open-education home for writers, is a peer-reviewed, award-winning, academic resource. Most pages are pubished under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license, but a few are published under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; the Common Comments pages are copyrighted by USF, University of South Florida, but used with permission. See particular pages to determine copyright.