Do you want to share your opinion? There are two easy ways to do that: via email or via a form located at the bottom of this page.
Submitting via Email:
If you are submitting your opinion piece via email, please read the following instructions:
- Please send your opinion piece to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please make the subject of the email be the title of your opinion piece
- Please add the content of your opinion piece to the body of the email. Additionally, please include your name, phone number, and address at the bottom of the email.
- We will not accept Word files or PDF file submissions.
Failure to follow the email submission guidelines may result in the Longmont Observer being unable to publish your opinion piece.
Opinion Submission Guidelines
1. Keep it local.
We only accept opinions that are focused on or in Longmont. We primary publish only opinion pieces submitted by Longmont residents, those living in one of the Longmont zipcodes, but exceptions can be made if the author is offering a different view on a Longmont topic.
2. Keep it short.
While we do not have a word count limit, you stand a better chance of reaching a wider audience if your piece is short and concise. We will accept longer pieces, but know that it may not reach the audience you intend.
Longmont Observer Policy and Process:
The Longmont Observer encourages it’s readers to submit editorial pieces to the opinion section and holds that everyone deserves to have a voice. We do, however, have a few things we’d like to ask you keep in mind when submitting your opinion pieces to the Longmont Observer.
- Editing: Opinions go through a review for grammar, spelling, and conciseness, but are generally edited substantially less than our regular articles. We do edit submissions, but, we never publish anything we might edit without running it by the original submitter first. Sometimes writers demand that their work not be touched. We understand that, but, that may result in us not running your opinion piece. The editor gets the final call. Please don’t put words in all capital letters for emphasis or use multiple exclamation marks.
- Publishing: We have no specific schedule or days we publish your opinion pieces. Since we are a digital publication we do not have limits to how much content we can publish or when, this means that if the pieces are well written, well thought out and related directly to Longmont and the issues that affect Longmont, there is a good chance it will be published.
What we will and will not publish:
- We publish almost every local submission. We do not screen letters to keep out liberal opinions or conservative opinions. We won’t publish accusations or rants. This is not the place for writers to accuse other, private community members of crimes or wrongdoing. If a writer submits several opinion pieces over short periods of time, the editor will choose one of the submissions for publication or it’s possible to likely, none will publish. The Longmont Observer does not have a frequency limit on how often you can submit and get an opinion piece published. We will, however, filter out repetitive opinions.
- Additionally, we keep an eye out for “astroturf,” pieces– a well-known term for items that are part of a campaign to push a particular agenda. Often, these letter writers are given the language to use and told to put their names on those letters. This allows organizers and activists to swamp editorial sections with what appear to be numerous voices supporting their cause while avoiding limits on the frequency of letters. We will try to avoid publishing these kinds of letters, although some of them may slip through the cracks.
- We cannot republish columns copied from other publications.
- If you think your letters are being ignored, call our offices at 720-600-2977.
- We try to keep this page balanced. Some readers view this panel as leaning right. Others think it leans left. Our perspective: These opinions generally reflect the political persuasions of the community.
- Political cartoons often are exaggerated. Take them that way. That’s how cartoonists get points across.
- We are looking for people to become Longmont Voices. These local writers are people that we would like to provide reliable, well-written, relevant content for this section over the coming months and years. The way to become a Longmont Voice is to consistently provide regular and well-written opinion pieces and, eventually, we’ll ask you to become one of our regular Voices.