PeaceVoice invites you to take a few minutes and send us your informed opinion on a matter of peace, justice, or nonviolent conflict resolution. We are very interested in pieces that are transformative, that is, that promote peace and justice by peaceable means. If your piece meets our guidelines, we will place your piece on op-ed pages (print or online) in the US. Those editors prefer specific responses to current situations and a length of 450 to 550 words, though longer pieces are occasionally used, more often now in our expanded online formats. When you send in pieces (to the email address below), be sure to include a taglineâ€“something about yourself in one or two sentences. If you can send a photo of yourself, that is wonderful, since there are a few editors who require it. For tips on writing op-eds, check out these various sources.
Rightwing war-promoting institutes pay their PhDâ€™s a great deal to do what we are asking you to do for free. They have money; we have people powerâ€“if we choose to use it.
How many times have you read about war and thought some version of, â€œThatâ€™s only part of the story. Peace, nonviolence and justice belong in this account.â€ You quickly construct a mental argument, briefly contemplate writing something, and then move on to other tasks in your busy professional life, knowing how much work it is to get these pieces published in mainstream press.
No more. PeaceVoiceâ€™s sole raison dâ€™etre is to interject your voice, your thoughts as a credentialed member of our peace profession, into the public arena. You may publish in academic journals for an elite who read and think at that level. Now your voice is needed to educate the American public. Your reasoned voice must be turned to as often as are the voices of military officials and politicians.
This is why PeaceVoice was created and itâ€™s what we do. You can simply write, fire (your piece to us) and forgetâ€”to boldly steal a military description of shooting â€œsmartâ€ munitions. We turn to youâ€”our intellectual peace communityâ€”and ask for your smart anti-bombs. We offer to be the engine and guidance system that will deliver your commentary right on target, to mainstream America. Help us share your expertise with the American public.
Please email your pieces to: PeaceVoiceDirector@gmail.com
Here are additional guidelines offered by Tom, the PeaceVoice Director, for you to ponder:
I get requests from fine writers to “read my blog and take anything you want for PeaceVoice distribution.” I respond something like this:
When you think of whether a piece is something PeaceVoice would distribute, think about what a small town, middle America editor would do. If it’s something you believe she would run, send it in. I honestly love all the reading that is out there, but I cannot possibly keep up with the great blogs, weighing each one to see if it might be a good one for PeaceVoice. Believe me, you are not the first to just refer me to a blog. As a benchmark, I write a blog that is not entirely unlike yours, primarily for people interested in nonviolence. Out of every fifty blog entries, I will send out one of mine through PeaceVoice, one that I know regular Americans can read and appreciate. It will be controversial, of course, but it won’t feature any assumptions with which a sizable number of mainstream Americans from Des Moines, Iowa, wouldn’t agree. This is not easy to articulate, but the best way to understand it, unfortunately, is to read a few decades of such editorials, something I did when I lived in the northwoods of Minnesota and then Wisconsin.
And it’s vital that I don’t send out pieces that can be easily interpreted as outside that box of norms. I stay inside it, tucked in at the very edge, pushing that box toward nonviolence. It is a tricky proposition. If I send out even one piece that is perceived as antithetical to normal American values (not policies, but values), I can almost see editors who bother to read it decide not to read any more PeaceVoice pieces. If they start filtering us away automatically, we have lost.
Want to just write a letter to the editor instead of a longer op-ed piece?
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper advocating more funding for life-affirming services and less for military:
or just go to
and click on Write your letter now.