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.
Important: Due to possible copyright and legal restrictions all articles submitted must be exclusive to TNI.
We are happy to consider manuscripts or to entertain proposals for the following types of articles:
Print: For articles between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. Please submit with source notes for fact-checking purposes.
Online Features: For articles between 500 and 2,000 words. Please utilize embedded hyperlinks to point to sources. Do not submit manuscripts with source notes or footnotes.
Blogs: For posts in length between 350 and 1,000 words.
Such works may be submitted by e-mail attachment and as .doc or .docx files 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. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
For print submissions, please give the staff two weeks (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.
For web submissions, please give the staff three business days (not counting Saturday or Sunday) from the time of submission in which to evaluate manuscripts or proposals.
If you do not receive such confirmation after the requisite period, you are free to take your manuscript for placement to another publication.