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Write an Op-Ed

Op-ed editors are inundated with submissions. Your chances of being published depend on how relevant, concise and opinionated you are.

To increase your odds of having your op-ed printed:

  • Be relevant. Connect your piece to a topical issue in the news, a new government report, an issue of current public debate, new research findings etc.
  • Capture the reader from the outset. 
  • Take a stand at the beginning. Outline the issues but come down strongly on one side. 
  • Back up your position with factual, statistical info or direct personal experience. 
  • By the second paragraph the reader should know where you stand.
  • Be personal and conversational not academic, distant, philosophizing. 
  • Avoid jargon and insider terms. You will lose a general audience by using academic or technical language. 
  • Use active language and avoid clichés.
  • End your piece by restating your argument in the strongest terms, and make suggestions for how to improve matters.
  • Be concise – no more than 800 words.


  • Include your full name, credentials and contact information
  • Send the op-ed within the body of an e-mail, not as an attachment
  • Put “Op-ed Submission” in the email subject line
  • Submissions need to be exclusive to one media outlet. Don’t send it to a second newspaper until you’ve been declined by the first one.
  • The media reserve the right to edit, condense or reject your contribution

Contact communications officers Anne Craig 613-533-2877 or Rosie Hales 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 if you want help submitting your op-ed or professional editing prior to submission - anne.craig@queensu.ca or rosie.hales@queensu.ca.

Op-ed contacts for print media:

Globe and Mail
Natasha Hassan, Comment Editor

National Post
Matt Gurney, Comment Editor

Toronto Star
Fred Edwards, Deputy Editorial Page Editor

Toronto Sun
Adrienne Batra, Comment Editor

Ottawa Citizen
Kate Heartfield, Op-ed Editor

Kingston Whig-Standard
Andrew Carroll, Editor
613-544-5000 ext. 140

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