Thanks for your interest in writing for The Kootneeti!
The Kootneeti seeks in-depth and quick pieces that will help scholars and professionals of International Relations on their own journey towards success.
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about submitting a post for consideration to The Kootneeti.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write about?
To get a sense for the type of work we publish, read our site!
As you can see, our posts cover areas of Diplomacy, International Relations, Defense, World Economy, Climate Change, Cyberspace, History & Culture
Here are some topics we’d love to publish more about:
- India’s contemporary Foreign Policy
- Indian Bilateral and Multilateral Relations
- India’s Defense Projects
- South Asian Politics
- Global Terrorism
- Soft Diplomacy
- Himalayan Climate Change
- Indian Cyberspace Projects
Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?
Sure! Pitch your idea by emailing our team at firstname.lastname@example.org (Note that we can’t guarantee publication though until we review a completed submission. We’re happy to evaluate your pitch though before you get to writing!)
We also consider fully-drafted pieces.
When will I hear back from you after I send my pitch?
Please allow up to two weeks for our managing editor to respond to your pitch.
Have any tips for ensuring my piece is a fit for The Write Life?
- Please support your writing with facts and references.
- Posts should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs, numbered lists, bullets and lots of white space.
- Including a few sub headings is much appreciated (we love to use H2!)
- Only one space between sentences, please!
How should I submit my post?
Please submit your post as an attachment in E-mail at email@example.com or as the Google document.
We use Google Docs because it allows us to easily collaborate with several people without passing around new versions of a Word Doc. If you’ve never shared a Google Doc before, here are easy instructions. (Don’t forget to give us editing power.)
Tip: It’s best to create your post as a Google Doc, rather than uploading a Word Doc to Google. Sometimes if you take the latter route, we can’t edit even if you tell the doc to allow us to do so.
How long should my posts be?
Aim for 1000-1500 words.
Do you pay?
As we are on our initial point to build a platform to support the students and professionals, we won’t be paying any remuneration for the piece you would contribute.
Should I include links within the piece?
Yes. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to an appropriate post on your site or on any other news site or blog.
Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, No HTML, please!
Should I write a headline?
That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing.
Did you know? We actually write approximately 10-15 headlines before choosing one for a post. If you want to suggest one or two potential headlines, that makes our job easier!
Will you edit my post?
Yes, we’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You’ll be able to see our changes in your Google Doc and we’ll often work with you a few weeks ahead of your publishing date on edits.
Can I repost my submission on my blog?
At The Kootneeti, we retain the rights to that content. We allow republishing on your own blog or any other website only with the clear credit line stating that the story was originally published at The Kootneeti first.
(Did you know reposting content can hurt SEO traffic results for everyone involved?)
Are you definitely going to publish my piece?
We reserve the right to not publish your post if we decide it’s not a strong fit for The Kootneeti. You are then free to publish it elsewhere.
Should I include a photo?
We’ll add one. However, if you’ve any original photo we could contrast your photography skills as well.
What about my headshot?
We don’t mind receiving one of your pictures. However, our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there.
What should I do after I submit my post?
When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. We also hope you’ll share your post on social media!
We look forward to your contribution!
Before you submit, please run through this checklist. Did you…
- Add your name, email, website, and Twitter handle to the top of your post?
- Include your one-sentence bio at the top of your post?
- Add at least two links within your post to other posts on The Kootneeti? (Only if you’ve already written for us previously)
- Turn your post into an editable Word File or Google Doc?
If so, you’re ready to submit!
Please share your Google Doc or send your pitch to our editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org