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 email@example.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
There were concerns about a pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac from the beginning. Now’s not the time to start the cycle over again with a tunnel.
Michigan is a state built on wheels. Tariffs threaten to puncture the tires.
Three out of five jail inmates are awaiting trial, and most are there for property or drug offenses. Wayne County pays $163 a day for those inmates. It’s time to eliminate the cash bail system.
A Republican legislator wants to make sure students and speakers invited to college campuses by students can have their say.
It takes more than asphalt to fix Michigan’s transportation system. Let's think of ways to encourage non-vehicle movement, too.
Eliminating gifted education programs has hurt individuals, and Michigan’s economy
Oakland Circuit Court Judge and noted conservative Michael Warren isn’t happy with a new draft of the standards that would guide the teaching of history in Michigan classrooms.
Groundwater is invisible until your well is contaminated. But that does not mean it's unimportant. We need more investment and awareness of the dangers.
The average Michigan driver pays about $10 a month in gas tax. They believe they’re paying a lot more.
Licensing board member Don Bailey accuses Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel of putting political favors ahead of public safety and predicts the criminal element will thrive in marijuana industry.
As an immigrant and a legislator, Padma Kuppa writes that she knows the value of an education, and Michigan needs to invest more.
Michigan is facing a talent gap – a gap that must be filled by more people with college degrees, says the president of Alma College
A longtime attorney argues that changes in laws will mean fewer inmates. So why are we building a behemoth jail?
One of the five candidates in the running to become the next Michigan State Superintendent explains why he backs a study calling for more education funding.
Yes, unemployment is low. But so is income. Michigan has become a low-prosperity state.
We won’t rebuild Detroit’s middle class without thinking outside the box. Here’s one idea.
Thousands of children in the state’s richest county are getting free breakfast at school. Here’s why - and why more schools should consider it.
Most of us aren’t paying for news today, and it’s killing the publications that cover local news.
Michigan should work to eliminate insurance fraud and medical service fees instead of eliminating benefits for auto accident victims.
Michigan is one of the last states to treat 17-year-olds like adults in our court system. That’s not doing them or the state any favors.