Guidelines for Essays

We look for essays that tell a tale, reveal a personal reflection, or add an informed perspective to events in the news. We want pieces that express an original idea with clear, creative writing.

Pieces should relate to some aspect of life in Appalachia, especially our culture and history. Essays should be culturally relevant to the Appalachian region and reflect of “slice of life.”

While many essays are from regularly scheduled essayists, we also want to hear from people on a once-only basis.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reserves the right to decide whether or not to air any essay or essayist. Essayists will not be paid.

If you would like your essay considered for publication and/or broadcasting, please submit two written examples of your work to the West Virginia Public Broadcasting news director. Please include your name, address, daytime telephone number, and e-mail address.

You also should be willing to record an audition, at the direction of West Virginia Public Broadcasting staff.

Essays should take about two to two-and-a-half minutes to read aloud (about 400 – 450 words in length.)

Text and audio of the essays may be posted on wvpublic.org, and may be aired on any West Virginia Public Radio broadcast.

Please note that submissions do not guarantee your idea will be broadcast.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reserves the right to read on the air and/or publish on its webiste or in any medium now known or unknown the e-mails and letters that we receive. We may edit them for clarity or brevity and identify authors by name and location. By sending us a letter or e-mail, you agree to these terms. For additional information, please consult our Terms of Use.