This guide is for anyone who contributes editorial content to Crosscut — professionals, citizen journalists, staffers, and freelancers — whether they write regularly for the site or will do so for the first time. It is intended to save us all time by outlining Crosscut’s expectations of writers and other contributors as well as its editors’ practical needs. If you have questions or think something here could be more clear, e-mail us at editor@crosscut.com.

Submission guidelines

Crosscut publishes news, commentary, and just about anything that is non-fiction. Our broad definition of news is anything people want or ought to know. Commentary is opinionated or rhetorical expression. Crosscut also welcomes content that suggests new ideas or ways of looking at problems.

Crosscut is a local website. We publish material that is endemic or has a significant connection to the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana, or the province of British Columbia. Obviously, certain activity in Washington, D.C., is of local interest, too.

Written contributions can be short, blog-like items or longer stories. Brevity is a virtue.

You can submit story ideas and pitches to our editors at editor@crosscut.com.

Letters to the editor


If you wish simply to express your opinion in a non-journalistic fashion, send a letter to the editor to letters@crosscut.com. It doesn’t have to be about something on Crosscut. But it should be topical and relevant. And local.

Please include your real name, city of residence, and phone number so we can verify authorship. We won’t post your phone number or e-mail address, but we will post your name and city, and you should be prepared to see people comment on your letter on the Web site. We will withhold a letter-writer’s name for reasons that are compelling.