A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.

Invitation to Contribute

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 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.   

Webtexts Needed

For this interdisciplinary project, we seek articles from a variety of fields (academic, professional, technical, and business writing, among others). While Writing Commons is open to all submissions and prides itself on innovation, we have specific needs for articles in the following subjects: poetry, creative writing, technical writing, and new media genres. Please note that while published articles will ultimately be turned into webtexts, submissions should be sent to Quentin Vieregge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as Word docs or docxs. We are able to accommodate most document designs and encourage innovative approaches to layout; if you have any questions about design issues, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Before beginning your project, you may want to send a brief proposal to Quentin Vieregge (at the above address) 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.

Audience

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.

Length

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.

Images and Videos

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 (hyperlink to image)" date photo was uploaded via Flickr (or other website). Creative Commons Attribution (licensing information).

For example: 

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.

Hyperlinks to External Sites

We welcome and encourage the inclusion of links to external webtexts; however, we ask that you use them rhetorically.

Documentation Style

All articles should be documented according to the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (Current ed.).

Submissions

  • should be otherwise free of internal references to the author’s identity*
  • should include a brief byline of the author/s

Your submission should include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter: A very brief cover letter introducing your webtext and its title; you might use this letter to voice any concerns/questions you have about the text.  
  • Webtext: Please e-mail your submission as a Word doc or docx attachment.
  • Byline and Info: Attach your byline in a separate document. Your byline might include your name, institution, research interests, and selected publications. Bylines should be about 50 words long. Also, please provide your preferred e-mail address, phone number (with area code), and mailing address.

When your webtext is accepted for publication, you will then need to sign a Creative Commons Copyright Form and return it to Jennifer Yirinec at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please use the following format when saving these Word files:

  • Last Name, First Name. "Cover Letter"
  • Last Name, First Name. “Title of Webtext”
  • Last Name, First Name. “Byline”

If you are submitting podcasts, videos, or composing a multi-page hyperlinked text (which we strongly encourage), please e-mail Quentin Vieregge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) directly for specific directions. 

Submit manuscripts, cover letters and bylines to Quentin Vieregge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or Jennifer Yirinec at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Review

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.