Submission guidelines

A project of Stand Up, The Well features a monthly op-ed about being Jewish with a social conscience in Australia. The audience is mostly, but not exclusively, Jewish and Australian, from high school age and up.

What we want

Engaging articles of 500–1500 words that inspire discussion and action among the Australian Jewish community. The style is up to you; articles can be narrative, personal, or have a more academic slant. However, they should be accessible to a general audience. Articles about how Judaism and Jewishness have influenced your activism, work or worldview (or vice versa) are ideal.

To promote social action and change, you may finish your piece with a call to action or with a challenge/question to the audience.

As of 2017, The Well does not publish articles on Middle Eastern politics.

How to submit

The Well primarily publishes articles by invitation, but welcomes short pitches, which should be sent to thewell@standup.org.au. Articles should be original (not previously published elsewhere, including on a blog, social media, Patreon, or elsewhere).

Publication process

When a pitch or invitation is accepted, the editor will negotiate a deadline with you. If a promised article is not of sufficiently high quality, you may be asked to revise it, or The Well may choose not to publish it. Your article will be fact checked and edited for length, clarity, online readability, and spelling and grammar. In most cases, these will be discussed with you before publication.

Once an article is ready for publication, we will request a 50-word bio, a headshot, and any of your own photos that could illustrate the article. You’ll also be asked for any links to websites, articles and videos relevant to your article that can be included in its “Around the Well” section, which aims to provide further education and connect readers to other online social justice communities.

Copyright

As the author, you retain copyright of your article. However, Stand Up reserves the right to publish your article in other formats (for example, in a book), or, where appropriate, to offer your article as a reprint in another publication. In this case, any payment offered will go to the author.