Bethesda Beat invites the community to submit opinion pieces to be published on Saturdays.
An op-ed of up to 600 words may be submitted on a topic of local interest; an exception might be considered for a longer piece. A topic of local interest is one that we have covered and that is specific to Montgomery County, rather than a national issue.
We welcome a wide range of ideas and opinions.
- Each piece must be written by and signed by an individual, whose name will be published, with a brief description of who they are, including hometown. A phone number must be provided for an editor to call and verify authorship; the number will not be published.
- We prefer that the op-ed be submitted by one person, either personally or on behalf of an organization. Exceptions might be considered.
- A source must be provided for any facts Bethesda Beat has not previously published. We will check that source and, whenever possible, link to it. If a source can’t be readily identified and the information easily verified, the piece or passage will not be published.
- Each piece will be edited for length, clarity, and style, at Bethesda Beat’s discretion. Pieces with personal attacks and potentially libelous comments will not be published.
- Pieces must be written for Bethesda Beat and must not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
- The person who wrote the piece must submit it directly to Bethesda Beat. We do not accept anything from a third party.
- After a piece is published, we generally will wait at least two months before considering publishing another piece by the same writer.
To submit an op-ed, email firstname.lastname@example.org.