Below are submission guidelines, both the give the contributor a sense of what kinds of things to submit and how submission and publication actually functions.
We accept a wide range of content, most typically campus news articles and opinions. Comics, artwork, short stories, periodicals, and advertisements are all accepted. For formatting purposes, we recommend that poems not be submitted unless the author is open to possible changes to make the lines format properly.
We aim to publish everything that is sent to us. We do not allow political or otherwise prohibitive opinions or biases to dictate what we publish. Members of the Olin community (directly or by association) are encouraged to submit any kind of opinion piece. However, we reserve the final right on determining publishable content. Anything submitted that is harmful or disrespectful toward other community members, endorses hate speech, is not the author’s own work will not be published, or is in some other way going to negatively impact the paper or the community may not be published.
Frankly Speaking is distributed on the first weekday of every month. The editing and printing process is finalized a minimum of 24 hours before that. In general, first draft submissions should be made one week prior to the first weekday of the upcoming month. However, if an article idea comes to mind two days before printing, it’s worth reaching out to the editors to see if it can be published.
In general, 600 words is one page, 1300 words is a spread. While these numbers in no way need to be adhered to, submitted text with word counts in increments of 300 words helps with formatting. If necessary, superfluous words may be cut to make a submission fit within the allotted space, and if the author cannot be reached the changes will be printed without deliberation.
Affiliation and Legal Disclaimers
Frankly Speaking is neither endorse by nor affiliated with Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. That being said, the paper is printed on school owned equipment with school bought paper and ink at the discretion of the administration. We welcome debate through opinion pieces and will print those opinions as long as they are not harmful. Examples include: administrative policy opinions, opinions on laws (both local and federal), opinions on classes, opinions on music, etc. Examples of things we will not print (and why): opinions on individuals (we consider that to be bullying), admittance of illegal activity from a federal perspective (the school receives federal funding and an author claiming to have committed a felony would require an investigation), hateful opinions of any kind (that’s hate speech), plagiarized content (plagiarism is illegal), etc.
(The link above will open your mail client to email in a submission or contact an editor. If you prefer, the address in firstname.lastname@example.org)