Commentary generally should be within 800 to 1,200 words in length, though we may accept shorter or longer commentary at our discretion.
Source and verify all facts. Wikipedia and most bloggers should be cited only sparingly, and then not relied upon for the crux of an argument.
Keep your commentary national in scope and reference only individuals of stature, not private citizens.
The writer may include an "author's credit" to appear at the bottom of the article. It should be no more than 15 words. The credit may include a link to the author's website or blog, and it may include your e-mail address.
Content may be provided in plain or rich text, or Microsoft Word format.
All text should be flush left, aligned left and single spaced (including between sentences) with a return between paragraphs. Do not use indentations.
Block quotes should be rendered in a font different from the prevailing one with a colon ending the preceding paragraph that introduces the quote.
Do not use "smart" characters -- curly quotes or apostrophes, long dashes or single-character ellipses. Settings for this are available in Microsoft Word under Tools.
Place commas and periods inside closing quotation marks. Other punctuation should go inside the quote marks only if they belong to the quote.
Do not use all caps. Designate italics with an * on either side of the word(s) you are emphasizing (e.g., this is *italics*).
For additional information on becoming a regular contributor to our Grassroots Commentary page, send a sample of your commentary or Op/Eds to the Grassroots page editor, Jordan Candler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include your name, mailing address and phone number.
Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Patriot Post.