An Invitation to Authors
We welcome compelling, thoughtful articles exploring the principles underlying a free society: private property, the rule of law, voluntary exchange, individual rights, morality, self-responsibility, charity, mutual aid, and limitations on power.
We publish nonfiction articles that are accessible to intelligent lay readers — particularly young people.
We emphasize the positive case for freedom in the political, social, and economic spheres. We avoid name calling and partisan politics. We do not advocate political action as a cure for problems caused by government intervention. Instead, we want to set out the vision of a free society, leaving transition measures largely to other organizations.
Please note: All submissions are considered generally for FEE.org. Unless you specify otherwise, your article can be considered for either the Freeman online or the Anything Peaceful idea marketplace, and it may be placed in either at our discretion.
Submit articles via e-mail in MS Word format, with the Title of Article, Author Name as the subject line.
Please include a sentence or two explaining the main idea of the submission, as well as a brief, one-sentence bio that we can use to identify you to our readers.
We receive a lot of submissions at FEE.org. Please don’t take things personally if we decline. There are all kinds of reasons pieces may not be a good fit for us at a certain time.
Anything Peaceful has been relaunched as a group blog and aggregator product. In order to engage trends and more closely follow current events, we have designed Anything Peaceful as an “idea market.” To publish on Anything Peaceful we encourage you to be relevant and bring novel insights to current events. Where Anything Peaceful is more about trends and contemporary issues, the Freeman is more about timeless ideas.
The Freeman is FEE’s flagship publication and has been part of the organization since 1956. With the relaunch of the Freeman online and the print edition, we are determined to keep the Freeman as the intellectual standard of a movement, honoring its tradition as a magazine of ideas while looking boldly to the future. We’ll be looking for think pieces and more evergreen material for the Freeman.
Traffic to an article online improves the odds your article will also appear in the quarterly print edition. To be considered for publication in the Freeman, you may find the following guidelines helpful.
Great pieces will have the following characteristics.
Be interesting. Be memorable. Think about whether this is an article you would click on, email to friends, or share on social media. Think about lines you would quote from the article when you share it.
Lede strong. Your opening should grab people and pull them into the rest of the article. Tell stories about people and events that are relatable.
Be fair. No strawmen -- no men who even have pockets full of straw. No vague allusions: “Some say...many believe…” Be specific and cite sources.
Be focused. There is a limit to what you can cover in a single article, especially if its a blog post. It’s better to pick one or two points and really nail them, rather than trying to recreate philosophy from the ground up. (If you have an idea that requires more 1000 words, please pitch it first.)
Resist writing a “thesis statement” in the first paragraph, but throughout the article always remember what you are trying to communicate.
Write clearly. Be professional, but please submit articles in English, not academic-ese.
Other Rules of Thumb, include:
Length. We are willing to look at pieces between 800 and 1200 words for the Freeman, and between 400 and 900 for Anything Peaceful. If you have an idea for a piece longer than 1200 words, again, we suggest you pitch your idea first.
Documentation. We want to see fully documented facts and quotations, with attributions incorporated into the text. (No endnotes or footnotes.) When citing online sources, we strongly prefer URLs. Freeman staff will review all links during the editing process.
Tone. We are looking for a specific tone: Imagine you are talking to a group of smart first-years at an Ivy League-level university. While we don’t want to lose your unique voice, we want the tone and style to be relatable to young people who are curious about our ideas.
Rates and Pay
The base rate for Freeman features is $100 and $50 for posts on Anything Peaceful. Bonuses will be offered for higher traffic to your article.
The bonus schedule for article traffic (unique views) within one week after publication date:
1500 - 2500
2501 - 3500
Editors may negotiate different rates when soliciting pieces.
Note on BTC payment
If you would like to be paid in Bitcoin, please include this request in your submission. When we accept your submission for publication, we will establish the USD–BTC exchange rate according to which you will be paid. We cannot offer or guarantee a going rate before we receive your request, and once we have agreed upon a rate with you, it cannot be adjusted. If you publish regularly with us, the exchange rate will need to be recalculated for each article.
FEE purchases the full rights to any article unless a separate arrangement is reached between FEE and an individual author on a per-article basis. FEE reserves the right to distribute articles accepted for publication in any format, including print, web, e-reader and formats currently known or yet to be discovered. Additionally, to disseminate the freedom philosophy to the maximum extent, FEE has maintained an open-reprint policy from its inception, though we request 24 hours of first use. (Currently we use the Creative Commons CC-by guidelines.) In cases where an author’s content is syndicated, we will use specific language to preclude CC-by.
Submissions may be addressed to: