How to Submit to Opinion

The Cavalier Daily Opinion Section welcomes input from the Charlottesville and University community. 

Topic: We have a preference for University and Charlottesville related columns/letters, but we will consider submissions on other topics. We invite all community members to respond to any column we publish, whether from a staff columnist or a guest.

Length: 700-900 words are the hard cutoffs for columns, but a good rule of thumb is to stick to between 750 and 850, not including title and subhead. 

Letters to the Editor typically run at around 250 words, but for those there is a hard cut-off at 350 words. 

Format: Please structure your submission as an op-ed. It should be persuasive prose, and shy away from lists and bullets.  Please provide links to any references and evidence to support any claims you make. When in doubt, check the Opinion Section and model your piece after a column from one of our staff columnists or an already published letter we have received. We are happy to answer any questions about formatting, email us at

For both columns and letters, we do not accept anonymous submissions or open letters. 

Submission: Email with the column/letter attached. Include your name, school/affiliation and year (if applicable). If there are time constraints attached to your column, please include those as well, although we reserve the final say on publication schedule.

Process: From the time you send it, we will reach out to you within 24 hours to notify you of receipt, and within 36 hours to update you on next steps. We reserve the right to edit submissions for structure, grammar and clarity. We will get back in touch with you if any substantive changes need to be made. 

If you have any questions about the process, please send us an email at, and we will address them as best we can.