Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to share your expertise on topics of concern to writers, speakers, and knowledge workers topics such as Citation, Collaboration, Design, Discourse, Drafting, Genre, Grammar, Information Literacy, Invention, Literacy, Mindset, Organization, Planning, Prewriting, Rereading, Research, Revision, Rhetoric, Sharing – Publishing, Style, The Writing Process, Writing Studies. Learn about why you might want to publish with us.

Why Publish with Us?

By publishing with us, your ideas and practices can reach a broad audience. Some of our authors’ works have become exceedingly popular. For example, Professor Christine Photinos‘ article on “Paragraph Transitions” and Professor Jenna Pack Sheffield’s essay “Using First Person in an Academic Essay: When is It Okay?” have both been read by over 100,000 users.

Our audience tends to be primarily U.S.-based teachers and students.

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Beyond the U.S., Writing Commons is used in the Philippines, India, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

We think of our audience as a global community of students, writers, and teachers who are interested in the writerly life and ways they can be more credible, effective writers and speakers.

Submission Guidelines

For citation, we use Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition.

Your submission

  • 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 be free of internal references to the author’s identity.
  • 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.

You may include videos or images to supplement the text; please submit video links or .mp4s, and all images as .jpeg or .png. Also, feel free to include hyperlinks to other sources that might be useful for students.

If you are submitting podcasts, videos, or composing a multi-page hyperlinked text (which we strongly encourage), please e-mail Dr. Cassandra Branham ( directly for specific directions.

Suggestions for Colleagues

New Articles

Prior to pitching an article idea, we encourage you to take a moment to learn about Writing Commons. Visit the Site Map or use Search to check out whether we already have an article on your proposed topic.

Peer Review

Once we receive your article and confirm it matches our needs, we will begin the peer-review process. Articles will be reviewed by at least two members of the staff, review editors, or editorial board. You will then receive our decision to publish as is, publish with revisions, or reject.

We try to have a quick turnaround time with our peer-review process. From initial submission to notification of the submission status, please allow approximately four weeks. If you don’t hear from us by then, please do shoot us a reminder. Thanks!

Publishing Agreement

Prior to publication, following peer review and acceptance, authors are required to complete our

  1. Submission Form
  2. Publishing Agreement Form.

Contact Information

Before beginning your project, we encourage you to submit a brief proposal to our Co-Editors-in-Chief:

Cassandra Branham
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Communication and Digital Media
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Megan McIntyre
Assistant Professor
Director, Program in Rhetoric and Composition
University of Arkansas