Want to Write for Us? - Here's our Style Guide
We offer the opportunity for people of all ages, ranging from academics and frequent writers to those who have never written before to have their views published on a political website.
If you are considering submitting an outline please take a look below, you can also download a print friendly version:
Our House Style
- Informal first person articles with your views and some scattered useful statistics. You're not writing an essay paper; it needs to be chatty
- Short sharp paragraphs to avoid the dreaded ‘wall of text’
- Good sub-headings so people can jump around the article or be excited about what’s coming next
- Short sentences are good
- A headline that suits search engines and social media. Your article needs to get people’s attention and look effective on short character uploads like Twitter and Facebook. This means it needs to be catchy and contain keywords where you can so it is picked up by search engines.
- Good quality English; but it doesn’t have to be flowery
- All articles should be accompanied by a short first person or third person biography. We don’t need a C.V just tell us who you are, what political issues interest you and, if you are, what made you study British politics or history?
- It is our preference that all articles are submitted with a profile picture as it makes people relate to what you have written. Images (.jpg) should be high quality with no distinguishing features in the background such as people or wall posters. Also try to avoid the ‘magnolia effect’ sometimes this plain background of a house wall ends up looking an unattractive yellow.
What you should avoid
- Heavy formatting in a word document such as embedded images and boxes. Although the effort on submission is appreciated it all has to be stripped out for publishing
- Too many posed questions. For example, don’t just say, when will the UK leave the European Union? Tell us when do you think it will happen - two years, ten years?
- Giving our visitors a party political broadcast, they want to know what you think not a regurgitation of a political party press release
- Not explaining terms. We have visitors from all over the world; they may not know who ‘Cameron’ is and need the full reference of ‘David Cameron, former Conservative British Prime Minister’
And, what will not get you past the first contact
- Anything considered offensive. We want you to foster debate and express opinions but not as insults to groups or individuals or aggressively attacking political views different to your own.