Trish Hall, editor of The New York Times Op-Ed and Sunday Review pages, put out a call for op-ed submissions in the paper last week. In her essay “Op-Ed and You,” she outlines the internal thinking behind op-ed selection, editorial decisions, and diversity of opinion. For those who become one of the select few whose op-ed is chosen, she also gives a quick rundown of what to do once your op-ed is selected.
Most pieces should be 400-1200 words, focus “very specifically on something,” and use conversational English instead of jargon. Hall also advises: “Don’t write the way you think important people write, or the way you think important pieces should sound.”
The Times has published op-eds on a myriad topics, from military intervention to love stories, by people from professional writers to lawyers trying their hand at writing. Therefore, it is not so much the topic or author, but the writing and depth behind each piece that determines eligibility. That’s what we’ve experienced firsthand via our Public Voices fellows who have published in the paper.
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