If you're interested in writing for TGA, here's a few things you should know . . .
Anyone can write for us. It doesn't matter if you're a student or an alum, a Georgetown professor or staff member. Provided it is quality work, we'll take what you have, and even if you don't know how to write well but have a great idea, we're willing to work with you to develop it. We also accept pieces from those outside the Hilltop community, so long as the content is relevant to today's campus.
We accept both blog posts and material for an upcoming print edition. For the blog, the ideal length is between 400-600 words. You can go longer if you need to but if you're hitting 1,000 words consider breaking up what you've written into a series. When it comes to print articles our rules are more flexible. TGA has published think pieces several thousands words long, so don't worry too much about the length. Just make sure the writing is clear, to the point, logical, and as interesting as you can make it. When we review submitted work, we ask ourselves five questions: 1) Is it true? 2) Is it interesting? 3) Is it new? 4) Is it important? and 5) Is it funny? Unless it's a satire piece, only the first two have to be met for us to publish, though the more the better.
Read two books that have helped us in our attempts at putting pen to paper (or hand to keyboard, nowadays). Start with Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style." If you find the first section difficult to wade through, skip to the second which is far more readable and important for the beginning wordsmith. Then read "Write Tight," by William Brohaugh, which will teach you how to trim the fat from your piece before an editor does, and help you knock your point home with clarity and concision.
At a minimum, do the following: 1) use active voice; 2) reread the piece line by line and ask yourself how you can say the same thing, but shorter; 3) avoid writing in first-person and excessive use of the "I" word; 4) lose the clichés; and 5) don't be pretentious.