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Article Submission Guidelines for Mises Wire

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I've received a few questions recently about submission guidelines for Mises Wire, so here are the original guideline posts: here and here.

To summarize, here is a list of the basics:

1. Format your article as a standard column. It should be 600 to 1200 words. 

2. Submit your article as a MSWord document. Put your name on the Word doc. Right under your suggested title. 

3. Subject matter should be timely and interesting. That means it's interesting to a broad group of readers, including those who are not hard-core devout free marketers and libertarians. This definitely doesn't mean you have to be moderate or milquetoast. (Radicalism is good.) But your column has to be understandable, plausible, and (hopefully) convincing to people who aren't already in agreement with you.

4. It's best to link to any article you refer to in your article, and it's best to support your factual claims and material with links to sources. It's also good to link to previously-published articles and material on mises.org. I'm amazed at the number of writers who repeat arguments and observations already made on mises.org (that's perfectly fine) without any acknowledgement of what has already been said on the topic on mises.org (that's not so fine).

5. Your article in general should be rich in examples and factual material. Having an opinion isn't enough. Your opinion must be based on facts and sound analysis. 

6. Your article should be easy to read and not filled with lots of big words and long, complex sentences. 

7. If your article runs long and becomes unfocused, split it into two or three articles. I'm happy to publish more than one article by you if each one makes the grade. 

8. There are no "certification" requirements for authors. That is, you don't need a degree in economics, or be famous, or anything like that, to be published in Mises Wire. You just need to write a good article. 

9. The best way to get a sense of what is best for Mises Wire is to read a lot of recent Mises Wire articles. 

Send submissions to me.

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for Mises Wire and The Austrian, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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