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.
A state pilot program that rewards farmers for providing produce to local schools should be funded across Michigan.
Despite progress, a city with so many negatives isn’t ready to compete for big projects. Acknowledge it, and make improvements, not excuses.
Mackinac takes aim at a trade group’s video that suggests aging infrastructure is to blame for poop flowing into Michigan’s lakes and rivers. In fact, poop is designed to enter the water so it won’t back into our homes.
Rethinking why we still celebrate U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass, who owned and sold slaves, and helped implement national “Indian Removal” policies.
Detroit was never as bad as the media once portrayed. And the city isn’t as good as they say it is now.
The most successful U.S. states are not characterized by low taxes, but by high levels of college graduates in the knowledge economy.
The very people who claim to be fighting entrenched poverty in places like Detroit are inadvertently perpetuating it.
In every fast growing sector linked to solving the world’s big challenges, Michigan has the expertise to show the way.
A former rival assails Schuette, citing a forthcoming study in a Harvard legal journal showing Schuette has given less attention to consumer protection efforts than attorneys general in most states.
To reduce drug abuse, a new law requires doctors to check a patient’s drug history on a state database before prescribing dangerous narcotics. But the law only works if doctors follow it.
While the state requires special education services for eligible students, it only funds a portion of the overall costs.
A pilot program in Monroe County helps jail inmates take control of their mental health, making them less likely to reoffend when they get out.
Gov. Snyder and the state are not fulfilling their duty to residents to find alternatives to the Enbridge pipeline that flows under the Straits of Mackinac
Residents have made it clear: The oil pipeline should be decommissioned. So why isn’t the governor listening?
Hazing, alcohol and sexual abuse at the University of Michigan, Ohio State and other college campuses threaten young lives, and the future of the Greek system.
The state law, meant to keep out invasive species, doesn’t work because no other lake states follow it. That means ships now bypass Michigan for ports in other states, hurting our businesses and economy.
Nick Lyon and Eden Wells are public servants of integrity; their prosecution creates the suggestion of scapegoating.
An overabundance of deer causes thousands of car crashes and millions of dollars in crop damage annually. Yet the state DNR keeps pushing for more deer, which serves hunters at the expense of the general public.
Roughly half of Michigan’s rivers and streams exceed safety standards for E. coli bacteria, yet we are the only state without a uniform septic code.