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January 11, 2013

Op-ed pieces in the NT Times

Filed under: Media — Mike Kueber @ 2:50 pm
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The Op-ed page of the NY Times is a place for people – famous or obscure – to volunteer their writings on current affairs.  Since that is precisely what I blog about, and since the readership of the Times is exponentially higher, I made a New Year’s resolution to submit some of my favorite posts to the Times for their consideration. 

Earlier today, I made my first NT Times submission, and they responded as follows:

  • Thank you for contacting the New York Times Op-Ed and Sunday Review desk. We appreciate your feedback and comments.  If you have sent us a manuscript, please know that we have received your submission and are reviewing it….
  • You will hear from us within three business days if your article is accepted for publication. Unfortunately, the amount of space available for publication of Op-Ed and Sunday Review articles is so limited, and the volume of submissions so large, that we have to pass on much material of value and interest. So if you do not hear from us in that time, please assume that we will not be able to use your submission; you should then feel free to offer it elsewhere.
  • Again, many thanks for taking the time to send us your work.

Because of the Times’ insistence on exclusivity, I will wait three days before posting the submission. 

Fyi – according to the Times’ guidance on Op-ed submissions, the term “Op-ed” does not mean opinion/editorial, but rather was internal slang for the page opposite the editorial page.  The submissions are supposed to be about 750 words.  The Times receives about 1200 submissions a week, and prints about two a day.  That amounts to about a 1 out of 100 chance.  I’m guessing that I will submit 20 writings this year.

 

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