I haven’t accepted unsolicited guest posts for several years. I’ve preferred to work primarily with trusted contacts. The same goes for interviews. I tend to ignore pitches and reach out to people that I’m personally interested in. However, I’m shifting course a bit and am now encouraging you to submit complete articles for review via email@example.com. I’m not asking for people to sign up for ongoing contributions but if you have a particular piece topic you’re interested in approaching there might be a place for it here.
What Can I Submit?
Any piece or pitch of any length. This is a blog so there are very few rules to worry about. I’m looking for quality analysis, an interesting viewpoint, and bold ideas. Any topic in intelligence, conflict, history, and technology is fair game and if you can intelligently weave all four subjects into your piece then you’re almost guaranteed a byline. Do you have an interesting perspective on ISIS, Russia, or China? Perhaps you’re a hacker with an interesting take on security? I don’t have to agree with you to publish your work but you do have to bring something interesting to the discussion.
What Should I Not Submit?
“False flag” stories set off red flags. The NDA I signed for the Trilateral Commission won’t allow me to publish conspiracy theories – so those are off limits. Racist screeds aren’t cool. Articles that embed stolen American secrets (say a few choice slides from Edward Snowden’s library) aren’t cool either. Partisan politics isn’t really my thing so if that is the primary tone and objective of your piece it won’t find a home here. If you read the blog or follow @blogsofwar on Twitter you should have an idea.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone. I’ve accepted submissions from or interviewed intelligence agency chiefs,military analysts, hackers, Navy SEALs, chefs, former Mossad officers, former CIA officers , art historians, counterintelligence professionals, physical security experts,information security pros, Egyptian revolutionaries, professors,and others.
Your background is less important than the quality of your ideas.
Will You Pay Me?
No. I’d love to but I don’t even pay myself.
Will You Accept Previously Published Work?
Possibly. As I said, there are few rules.
Will You Edit My Piece?
I’d rather not get too involved in serious structural edits. I’m busy. I certainly won’t edit and publish it without your permission. That would be wrong.
Can I Submit Anonymously?
Possibly. It really depends on the quality and nature of the work. I certainly would not publish any piece without the author’s consent.
What File Format Should I Use?
I’d rather not open attachments. That’s a nice way of saying “I absolutely won’t open attachments.” Please submit your work via the email address listed below with the content copied into the body of the email.
How Do I Get Started?
Contact me. Please use one of the secure options if you are in a vulnerable position outside of the United States and have something interesting to share. Some governments, or your terror cell ringleader, might not be thrilled with your offer to write for Blogs of War.