At Bridge, we believe in listening to voices from all over our state. Got something to say? Contact us and join the conversation (details below)
How to submit a Guest Commentary
What to know:
Bridge Magazine welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff.
Commentaries must be the author’s original work and preferably will not have appeared first in other publications. Bridge reserves the right to decline submissions at our discretion.
We reserve the right to edit commentary for grammar, clarity, brevity or to address legal or factual concerns. We may offer editing suggestions, but in the service of making your work more accessible, not to alter your views.
We do not pay for guest commentary.
Here are some guidelines:
- Columns are usually 500-700 words
- They generally focus on a Michigan topic or policy and should avoid ad hominem attacks
- The more direct, distinct and/or intimate your perspective, the more effective your column will be
- The best columns do more than identify problems; they also offer solutions and facts to back them up
- Please include a one- or two-sentence bio, including the writer’s organization or relevant background
- Send a good quality, large headshot of the writer(s) as an attachment
- We also ask that, in return for publishing a guest commentary, the author(s) and their organizations generously promote the link to the published column through your Facebook, Twitter and other social or professional networks.
That’s about it. Keep the writing clear, conversational and free of jargon, and sell our smart and receptive readership on the argument you are trying to make.
Who to contact:
Email your submission or idea to Monica Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
The vice president of Enbridge’s U.S. operations makes a case for why the company that operates Line 5 under the Mackinac Straits should be trusted.
The substitute teacher crisis shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s watched Michigan schools be shorted in state budgets for years.
A Wayne State professor takes political leaders to task for the sorry state of Michigan’s schools.
Only half of Michiganders on Medicaid who need mental health support receive care; those on private health insurance don’t fare much better.
Cleaning up the mess we’ve made of our waterways isn’t just the right thing to do; it helps revitalize communities.
Disinvestment in public universities and community colleges is hobbling Michigan’s future.
Michigan has too much at stake to allow Line 5 to continue operating.
From historic preservation to blight removal, state and community development projects from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. are making the state a better place to live and visit.
Michigan universities need an independent watchdog to ensure they can no longer silence students and their complaints over how sexual assault investigations are handled.
Responding to a guest commentary by the Sierra Club, the chairman of DTE Energy says the power company is doing its part to battle climate change.
The executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan says investing in our roads is vital to the state’s future.
Former lieutenant governor Brian Calley argues that politicians should stop messing with the health care system because it will hurt Michigan small businesses.
A Michigan superintendent takes issue with a recent Bridge guest commentary that argued for equal, rather than equitable, school funding.
At least 31 people have been saved by Michigan conservation officers since 2015. A budget proposal in the House threatens to eliminate some of those positions at the Department of Natural Resources.
Enbridge is taking steps to safeguard the pipeline that pumps $160 million in taxes into Michigan’s economy. Politicians’ knee-jerk proposals to decommission the pipeline would only hurt the working class.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s idea doesn’t fix the damn roads – it kicks the can down the damn road.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $1 million school research collaborative has drawn widespread support statewide. There’s one problem: It doesn’t even the playing field.
Michigan cut back on school librarians during the recession. It’s time to bring them back.
Why build a new gas-powered plant when renewables are the future?
Many places in Michigan are losing population. The solution: Visas specifically for skilled immigrants willing to move there. It’s an idea based on successful programs in Canada and Australia.