Guidelines for Articles on theleftberlin

We are happy to publish guest articles on, particularly about international issues and how they affect the Left in Germany and Berlin. If you would like to write an article, please contact us at

Here are some guidelines for writing articles. They are recommendations, not rules.

  • Articles should be between 500 and 2000 words. We occasionally publish longer articles, in out long read section, but our experience is that unless an audience is warned in advance, it will in general stop reading after about 2000 words.

  • We do not have the budget to pay for articles, but we are happy to link to other websites and campaigns.

  • We generally only publish original articles, that is, articles which have not appeared anywhere else in English. We do publish translations of articles which have appeared in other languages. We also republish calls for action in Berlin and articles which have appeared on Website in the Global South and are looking for a European audience.

  • We have no deadlines, and prefer authors to take their time to produce an article they are happy with. However, if an article coincides with a particular Event or anniversary, it would be nice to receive it in time to publish on that day.

  • Articles that we receive are proof read and edited for comprehension. If you would like to see the final version before publication, please let us know.

  • We have a 24-hour turnaround for editing solicited articles. Any article we receive is ready to publish the next day. To ensure that all our articles reach their audience, we only publish one per day, so sometimes an article gets put in a queue, but we try to make it available as soon as possible.

  • We welcome unsolicited articles, but we need a little longer so that we can check that the article suits our audience.

  • We encourage our writers to link to other articles to back up their arguments. Where possible, use hyperlinks, not footnotes here.

  • We do not mind if you use US- or UK-English, but please stay consistent.

  • Inasmuch as there is any copyright, this belongs to the author who is free to publish the article elsewhere. If an article is published elsewhere, we prefer that the republished article contains a link to the original article and an acknowledgement of its source.

If any of these recommendations are unclear, or if you have any further questions, we are happy to talk to you.