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Feeling inspired? Or are you feeling like you want to contribute to public policy debate and discussion? Then we want to hear from you.

We welcome original contributions which haven’t been published elsewhere on a wide range of public policy issues, especially within our broad areas (see topics). All you need are three things: (1) expertise in the area you’re writing in; (2) an opinion (or opinions) that you want to share which is supported by evidence; and (3) a willingness to agree to our terms and conditions for writers.

So, what does that mean in practice? ‘Expertise’ means that you are practitioner in the area that you’re writing about. That could mean that you work at an NGO, or are a postgraduate student, or you’re a former government minister. We don’t mind what your background is, but it is essential that you know what you’re talking about and have a level of expertise.

An ‘opinion’ means that we want more than just your expertise in the piece you write; we also want your personality to come through. Everyone involved in the APPS Policy Forum believes that good policy comes from robust debate and discussion. If you want to write for the Policyforum.net, we want you to use your platform to further the public debate in your area of expertise. 

‘Agreeing to our terms and conditions’ means that your work is licensed under a Creative Commons licence to encourage people to republish, share and discuss your ideas. But it also means understanding our editorial process and working with us to help shape and prepare your contribution for Policyforum.net. An important part of writing for us is that we work closely with authors to get the pieces just right. Why? Because we want to make sure that your piece doesn’t get ignored, and that we give it the best chance of being published elsewhere.

To give your contribution the best chance of being published, here are some general tips:

  • No references: our pieces don’t include references, but hyperlinks are welcome (include appropriate link in the text of your submission where you have one).
  • No subheads: we only use sub-heads for long reads.
  • Be sparing with ‘lists’: we understand you may have a number of points to make, but lists don’t make for good reading. Pick which points you want to make, and try to weave them into your contribution instead.
  • Have a point you want to make: sounds obvious, but many potentially good pieces are undone by not being clear about the point the writer wants to make.

Ready to go?  Give us some detail about yourself and what you want to write about, or even upload a draft (maximum 800 words please) below. If we’re keen to publish it, one of our editorial team will be in touch to discuss your idea and start the ball rolling. If you’d just like to have an informal discussion first, all of our contact details can be found here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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