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How to Submit Guest Pieces

The Cavalier Daily welcomes guest contributions from the University and Charlottesville communities. Please read below for information on how to submit columns or reflections to the paper.

If you would like to apply to be a weekly or biweekly columnist for the fall 2020 semester, email opinion@cavalierdaily.com or life@cavalierdaily.com.

Opinion Section 

Topic: We have a preference for University and Charlottesville related columns/letters, but 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. The Opinion section strives to hold University administration accountable and speak up against injustices facing community members.

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

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 the claims you make. When in doubt, model your piece after a column already published by the Opinion Section

Letters to the Editor must address issues that affect the University and/or Charlottesville communities. They should be written in response to an issue on Grounds or an action by the University. Letters may also be in response to an article, column, editorial or other content that has been recently published in The Cavalier Daily. Letters are typically a maximum of 400 words, and may be authored by more than one person.

For both columns and letters, we do not accept anonymous submissions or open letters. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Submission: Email opinion@cavalierdaily.com 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.

Process: 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, formatting or would like to discuss a topic, please send us an email at opinion@cavalierdaily.com, and we will respond as soon as possible. We are committed to publishing a diversity of op-eds and letters to the editor, and we would love to hear your thoughts.

Life Section 

The Cavalier Daily’s Life section also welcomes guest contributions from the University community. The Life section is aimed at sharing an inclusive representation of the University experience, written in first-person narrative or perspective prose. If you would like to share your reflections, narratives or experiences with the University community, The Cavalier Daily can serve as your platform. Please direct submissions and questions to life@cavalierdaily.com.