Submission Guidelines

We seek original ideas and analyses on topics of international politics and world affairs, particularly from a realist perspective or addressing realist concerns.

We have no fixed "format" in the sense of a style guide, but we expect prospective authors to have familiarized themselves with the magazine and to have a sense for the ongoing conversations within them; to know how questions are framed and what previous authors have said (or not said) about the subject at hand. This last point is especially critical. Authors submitting manuscripts or proposals dealing with topics covered in the magazine should be aware of the arguments presented by their predecessors and either address those arguments or break new ground.

We are happy to consider manuscripts or to entertain proposals for the following types of articles. ImportantDue to possible copyright and legal restrictions all articles submitted must be exclusive to TNI:

Print: For articles between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length.

Online Features: For articles between 650 and 2,000 words. Please utilize embedded hyperlinks to point to sources. Do not submit manuscripts with source notes.

Blogs: For posts in length between 400-650 words.

Such works may be submitted by e-mail attachment only. Please direct submissions to: editor (at) nationalinterest.org - Please put "Submission" in the subject line. Please also indicate the submission type clearly in the body of the email. Please also include a short two to three sentence biography at the end of your work.

Due to the high volume of manuscript submissions, and in keeping with our editorial practice of reading all submissions (that meet our criteria), we can only acknowledge articles we are interested in publishing. We cannot provide editorial advice or comments. While all items are analyzed for accuracy we do not employ professional fact checkers. 

Please give the staff five business days (not counting Saturday or Sunday) from the time of submission in which to evaluate manuscripts or proposals. The editors will contact authors directly ONLY if the magazine intends to initiate a discussion about possible publication. If you do not receive such confirmation after the five business day period, you are free to take your manuscript for placement to another publication.