Guest Blog


We are excited to announce that Samara’s blog will be under construction in the coming weeks. We’re creating a more dynamic and welcoming blog for our readers, you included! 

As a result of this redesign, we’ll be slowing down our content to just the regular Friday Fill(ibuster). We’re sorry to say that this means we will not be able to post guest blogs for at least the next six weeks.

We will announce the date of the re-launch as soon as it's confirmed. In the meantime, we hope you’ll continue to read past posts, and think of great blog ideas for the relaunch! 

Samara welcomes guest contributions to our blog. If you have news, research or reviews you'd like to share, we encourage you to contact us with your idea.

Editorial guidelines

Submissions can cover a range of topics and take a variety of forms, from research and analysis to book reviews and profiles. If you are interested in writing for the Samara blog, we ask that you send a one-paragraph pitch to jennifer.phillips[@] outlining the subject and central argument of your article. In writing your piece, please keep the following guidelines in mind.

Submissions to Samara’s blog should:

  • Remain non-partisan and clearly relate to the themes of Samara's work
  • Be 600 words or less
  • Relate to democratic institutions, traditions, or citizen experiences. Samara does not publish articles about policy issues (e.g., environment, healthcare)
  • Include audio, video and/or pictures where possible
  • Include a picture of the author (that’s you!) and 2-3 sentences about you and your relationship to the topic on which you’ll be writing

Please also note that while Samara welcomes guest blog posts we maintain a high editorial standard. Articles may be edited by Samara staff (though all edits will be sent to you for approval) and not all work will be published. Once you've sent your idea to Jenn, you can generally anticipate a response within a few days.