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, as well as activities to improve students' writing, research, and critical thinking abilities. 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, we are always looking for additional resources that we can add to make our site even more comprehensive. Writing Commons values accessibility, innovation, and the use of multi-media forms.

We are concerned primarily with providing students with a comprehensive resource containing examples and explanations that apply to the writing practices required of them in nearly all writing contexts: academic, professional, technical, and business. As of 2019, we are also looking for paired activities that can be adopted into the classroom by other instructors, or used by independent scholars to improve their competencies. 

Webtexts Needed

Writing Commons welcomes submissions in the following categories:

  • Professionalism

  • Rhetoric

  • Genre

  • Invention

  • Revision

  • Teamwork

  • Editing

  • Research

Please note that while published articles will ultimately be turned into webtexts, submissions should be sent to Dr. Sandy Branham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in .doc or .docx files. You can include videos or images to supplement the text; please submit video links or .mp4s, and all images as .jpeg or .png. We also encourage the inclusion hyperlinks to other sources that might be useful for students, included, but not limited to, other Writing Commons articles. 

Before beginning your project, you may want to send a brief proposal to Dr. Branham (at the above address) to confirm that your idea matches our needs. 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. 

Audience

The readership for your article/submission includes undergraduate students in writing courses, independent scholars, and instructors in any course that requires writing. To address such a wide 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 activities, include any context necessary to implement the activities into a classroom. 

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.

 

Submission Requirements

  • should be saved as a .doc or .docx file with any images saved as .jpeg or .png format. Please name files according to the following conventions: "Title of webtext."
  • should be 750-1000 words in length
  • should reference sources using MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (8th ed.)
  • should be free of internal references to the author’s identity. For information about how to remove author credentials in Word, please see this link. 
  • should include a brief cover letter introducing your webtext and its title; you might use this letter to voice any concerns/questions you have about the text.

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

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.