What are opinion pieces?

Crosscut seeks to present a wide range of viewpoints on regional issues of public interest. The Op-Eds and columns published on Crosscut represent the ideas of the writers, not of Crosscut or Cascade Public Media. We select Op-Eds with an eye toward ones that explore ideas and issues from varying perspectives and with as strong an emphasis on relevant facts and solutions to problems as possible.

Submissions or inquiries can be sent to oped@crosscut.com. We generally publish articles between 600 to 1,000 words in length, well researched and focused on Northwest issues. We expect writers to include links for important facts in their articles; it's also helpful to provide editors a list of sources for their facts. We normally do not publish national commentary, but we welcome submissions with a strong Northwest component to a national issue.

In addition to guest submissions and essays from a variety of freelance writers, our Opinion section features regular columns from Knute Berger, a Crosscut staff member. And there are several independent columnists writing regularly under contract: John Carlson, Glenn Nelson, Lola E. Peters, and Katie Wilson. We also occasionally feature writing from Samantha Allen and Nikkita Oliver.

As we expand, we hope to add a rich variety of voices representing the diversity of communities and viewpoints around the Northwest. We are always looking for someone to write smart commentary on Northwest issues. If you think you — or someone you know — would make a good commentator on Northwest politics, people and culture, please send an email to oped@crosscut.com with the subject line “Crosscut columnist.”