Charged Affairs Submission Guidelines

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy’s Charged Affairs accepts submissions on an open basis, and publishes content in a variety of formats, including blog posts, interviews, and videos.

Please understand that editors are busy, not only with YPFP but also with their day jobs, and may take several days to respond. If your entry is particularly time-sensitive, indicate that in the subject line of your email and we will take that into consideration accordingly.  

Before writing for Charged Affairs, please consider the following:

  • Read the content on Charged Affairs first. It is a reliable guide to the level of quality that we expect.
  • Does your piece refer to foreign policy? While authors are by no means obligated to outline specific policy critiques or prescriptions, the reader should have a clear understanding of the policy implications of the issue at hand, be they for the United States or another country. 
  • Is your piece a pitch for a particular organization or company? Charged Affairs will not accept your pieces that are designed to plug your employer. While you are free to mention your work - after all, we tend to both work towards and write about the issues we care about - it should be as a disclosure, and not distract from the main point of the piece. 
  • If you choose to review a YPFP event, please note that unless the piece extrapolates on the underlying subject in a way that is accessible to readers across the globe, we will likely post the piece on the branch- or hub-specific page only. 

While writing your piece for Charged Affairs, please keep in mind:

  • Write as if the world is your audience. There are more than 10,000 YPFP members around the globe. Write in a way that makes someone in Sao Paulo care about what is happening in Beijing.
  • Entertain us with something unexpected. Wit, new data, original research, and personal anecdotes go a long way.
  • Avoid legalese, techo-babble, and jargon. Our readers are not exclusively foreign policy wonks. Be sure to define your terms.
  • On that note, no footnotes, please. Hyperlink where possible, and please be sure to hyperlink the subject of a sentence, instead of the entire sentence.
  • When in doubt about capitalization, punctuation, and the like, refer to an online style guide. Your editors are there for a reason, but please try to make their lives easier! Editors can do their jobs much more effectively when they can focus on the content of your piece, not minor writing mistakes. Wikipedia has a pretty expensive style guide.
  • Does your piece make an argument? Pieces should be focused, with a main point that is easy to summarize.
  • Pieces should not read as academic papers: while we welcome sub-headers, please refrain from explicitly delineating introductions, conclusions, etc. 
  • Please try to keep your post between 400 and 600 words. Longer articles are also accepted and the length will vary on a case-by-case basis. As we are trying to diversify our content, we encourage you to supplement your piece with embedded multimedia where applicable (YouTube videos, tweets, Google maps, etc.)

Before submitting content to Charged Affairs, please review the following:

  • You must be a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in order to be published on Charged Affairs.
  • Include your name, a title, and a short bio. Bios should not be longer than two sentences.
  • Titles should be engaging and succinct. Six to ten words will suffice.
  • Spell check. Entries with multiple spelling or blatant grammatical errors will be returned. 
  • Review your piece to make sure no passages or phrases could be construed as plagiarism. Please note that we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to plagiarism.
  • Include a brief tagline, to go under the headline and before the cut. Taglines should be 1-2 sentences. Taglines can be direct excerpts from the text, but should grab the reader’s attention.
  • Optional: potential tweets, Facebook posts for the social media team (these can be similar to the tagline)
  • If you'd like to include a photo, please send one that is 850x315 pixels (or larger)

Questions? No problem. Feel free to contact us at submissions@ypfp.org.