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Risk Management accepts bylined stories on all topics related to risk. Because we receive a large volume of submissions, please familiarize yourself with the following procedures before writing or submitting a piece.

BASICS

  • All articles and story pitches should be sent to our editors, Morgan O’Rourke, Hilary Tuttle or Adam Jacobson.
  • Before submitting, take a look at our Editorial Calendar, which highlights some of the topics we are currently most interested in. If you have a story idea that does not appear on the editorial calendar or does not align with the suggested timeline on the calendar, feel free to reach out to our editors to discuss it. Please also check out some of our most recent stories here on the site to get a sense of our tone and structure, and to see what issues we have already covered.
  • As a monthly publication, we work well in advance of any given publication date, so a general rule of thumb is you should query us about a story three months prior to whichever month you wish it to appear.

WRITING TIPS

  • All articles should be relevant to the risk management field, and not overly focused on personal/home/auto insurance or solely consumer/political affairs.
  • We do not publish pieces that promote a particular company, product or service. All articles must be vendor-neutral.
  • Articles should depend on some form of narrative structure, so please minimize the use of bulleted lists and only include any in the context of a composed article. Pieces in the style of “10 Reasons Why …” or “5 Things to Know About…” can work as well, as long as each item is detailed in sentence form.
  • Arguments should be made clearly, and backed up with concrete examples or proof.
  • Articles should provide appropriate context, definitions and other necessary information so that someone only generally familiar with the specific topic would be able to understand the article without trouble.
  • Articles should not be too similar to a recently published piece, although they may address the same general subject from a different angle. To avoid subjects/angles we have already covered and frame a strong submission, please familiarize yourself with our feature and column archives before submitting an article or pitch.
  • Avoid the use of footnotes and legal citations.
  • Risk Management uses the AP style guide for the most part. If you have any questions about style, please feel free to ask.

ARTICLE LENGTH

  • Feature articles (1500+ words) take a more in-depth look into a subject. Generally they should examine multiple facets of an issue and include quotes from relevant experts or reports.
  • ForeFront articles (800-1500 words) take top-level or specific looks at a subject and can include lists and how-to’s.
  • Blog posts (600-800 words) are more newsy and shorter, and can also include lists, how-to’s and infographics.