“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
– C.S. Lewis
Want to write for Keeping The Republic? First, make sure you understand what KTR is all about. If you are on board with our mission of promoting truth, justice, and unity, we would love to read your submission. Here is what we are looking for:
Blog posts are short reflections on, well, pretty much anything we cover; politics, national security, great books, theology, or education. Posts will typically range from 400 to 600 words. These posts do not have to provide clear answers or arguments. Making the reader think is the goal here. Often, successful blog posts will help readers understand something society is currently wrestling with by reminding them of what great writers have already written on the subject. Here are a few examples:
Essay submissions should reflect much deeper thought and reflection than would be seen in a blog post. Essays should take a firm stance on some moral, political, or social issue, and that issue should be explored through the writings of great authors or through historical cases.
Essays will typically run about 1,000 words, but there is no firm limit. Keep in mind though that few readers will read a piece beyond 1,000 words. Here is an example of what we are looking for:
Lesson Plans and Socratic Seminars
Do you have a lesson that you look forward to every year? Do you have a topic that gets you pumped and makes you feel like you are having a positive impact on the lives of your students? Would you let us publish this plan for other teachers to use?
We would love to look at anything you send in, but we are especially interested in interdisciplinary Socratic discussions that link history, literature, philosophy or politics. We are also especially interested in lessons and discussions that inform us about human nature and point students towards truth, justice, and unity.
Here is an example of what we are talking about:
- Send submissions to email@example.com. Include your submission in the body of the email, not just as an attachment.
- Include a short biography, which will be published along with your submission. This biography should include links to any social media accounts you wish to promote.
- List your by line, as you wish it to appear.
- If your essay has extensive citations, also send a pdf of the document. Likely we will publish the work without citations, but we will post the pdf at the bottom of the page for those that wish to see your citations.
- Paste the Submission Agreement (see below) into the body of your email. This serves as a record that you agree to all of the points in the Submission Agreement.
By submitting this material, I certify the following:
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- I certify that KTR has seven calendar days to consider my material for publication before I will withdraw it. If I withdraw it after the seven day period I will send a formal notice of withdrawal to email@example.com.
- I understand that if my submission is selected it will be published under a Creative Commons International License, which means I will be attributed as the author and I will keep the rights to my work. I understand that others, however, will be able to use my work freely as long as they list me as the author.
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- I understand that any publications that subsequently publish this work must list Keeping The Republic as the original publisher of the material.
- I understand that KTR editors have the right to make minor changes to my work such as fixing grammatical errors and reformatting, as necessary.