Thank you for considering contributing to China Story! This submission guide outlines what we expect as editors. We aim to make the editorial process (mostly) painless!
Launched in April 2020, the China Story blog publishes China analysis, commentary, and stories in order to inform public discussions and policy debates on China issues. China Story is published by the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. The blog is edited by Jane Golley, Yun Jiang, and Adam Ni.
All our articles start with a summary paragraph that concisely captures the key message of the piece. If readers only read that paragraph and no further, what do you want them to take away? Try to keep this paragraph short, to around 100 words.
Body of the article
The best length for our articles is around 800 words. There is some flexibility, but please keep it under 1200 words. In some rare instances, we would consider longer articles. Please use British English spelling.
In order to get your message across, please write clearly and concisely. Please avoid academic or professional jargon.
Make your writing accessible to a general audience. Our readers are a diverse lot. Most of them will not know your topic well; many are not native English speakers.
- Factual accuracy is essential.
- Prioritise — most important points first.
- Short sentences. Short paragraphs.
- Use section headings as signposts
- Avoid passive sentences.
- Avoid jargon, and abbreviations (if possible).
- Dot points and lists are ok.
- Use hyperlinks for referencing.
- Pictures, Tweets & other media welcome.
You can get in touch with us in the first instance via the Contact Form or email. If we are interested in your pitch, then we will ask you for a draft.
We will aim for a quick turnaround once we receive your draft. That timeframe varies depending on our workload and priorities. Generally, you will hear back from us within five days.
As editors, we feel it is a privilege to be able to work with you to inform public discussions and policy debates on China issues. Writing is hard, we know that, so thank you!