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War on the Rocks is very selective about the submissions it accepts.  In fact, we will only rarely publish unsolicited guest contributions.

Unless we solicit a guest contribution, our guest contributors must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Have been published in a peer-reviewed publication;

Be a military veteran;

Or have worked/served in a war zone in another capacity for an extended period of time (government civilian, contractor, journalist, aid worker, etc).

Our touchstone is experience.

Submissions should be between 800 and 2500 words. Further, we prefer that all unsolicited pieces be book reviews or review essays. And please remember, you are not writing for an audience of experts in your subject matter.  In fact, do not assume your audience knows anything about your topic.  And please go easy on the acronyms.

If you do not meet this criteria, or you do and we decide not to publish it, it does not mean we don’t like you (we do!). It doesn’t mean we aren’t your friends (we are…or we might be!).  And it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again.

And finally, do not submit an article to War on the Rocks AND another publication. Pick one and wait to hear back.  We put time into editing our submissions and do not want our time wasted. 

Please send submissions to: editor (at) warontherocks (dot) com with “SUBMISSION” in the subject line.