Xpress wants your opinion (columns, that is)

Got something to say, dear readers? Xpress is putting out an open call for well-written commentary pieces on relevant local issues.

That’s right, Xpress is inviting you, if you’ve got an opinion you’d like to see on our pages, to submit a column or a column idea. Here are the rules:

* A commentary can be no longer than 1,000 words.

* The topic must be local in nature.

* You, as the writer, must have either a personal connection to the topic or enough expertise in the matter to write a thoughtful, accurate column.

* Prepare to be edited.

Columns should be submitted to opinion@mountainx.com.

— David Forbes, staff writer


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15 thoughts on “Xpress wants your opinion (columns, that is)

  1. Pro Writer

    Sounds good but I hope you do not expect us to do your job for free… what’s the pay rate? Thanks.

  2. Jon Elliston

    Hi Pro Writer,

    Our commentary pay rates vary depending on the topic and other factors. Please feel free to query us at opinion@mountainx.com before you draft a commentary.


    Jon Elliston
    Managing Editor

  3. britt

    I’m going to Asheville for a wedding and I’m looking for some activities to do on Sat. and Sun. I’m trying to get an insider scoop on the best places to visit. If you had to list your top 5 favorite things to do in Asheville what would they be? I appreciate it! :)

  4. Ten bucks says “Pro Writer” is not local and has a hundred stock articles ready to go, direct from his stash on helium.com.


  5. brebro

    Is the AC-T still getting readers to submit their political cartoons for free? I thought that was a pretty smart cost-cutting measure.

  6. Jon Elliston

    Hi folks,

    It’s an open call, so no particular deadline. And it’s probably best to send a query e-mail with your idea before drafing an entire commentary — though you’re certainly welcome to take that route as well.

    Jon Elliston

  7. David Cohen

    The Citizen DOES still accept political cartoons from the public; it seems that only a few of the cartoonists out there submit, because they tend to print those from the same cartoonists. Today’s cartoon (Saturday August 1st) is by a regular submitter.
    While I have my regular days for being published, I never know when the paper is going to print a publicly submitted cartoon. I suspect that neither does that cartoonist.
    In any case, after many years of getting cartoons published for free for the “exposure”, I am happy to have a regular forum where I get compensated for my work. As you must be as well!
    I love your work, and look forward to reading it!

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