Here are some general ideas on how to increase the chances of your article being published:
- Conform to the guidelines of the particular publication or website (e.g. length, format, author details)
- If you are responding to an article or event, do it quickly; while it is still topical and in the public eye
- Don’t make personal criticisms; challenge the facts and their interpretation, but not the writer
- Don’t take other people’s comments personally, concentrate on defending your argument, not yourself
- And, of course, be clear and concise and don’t try to cover too much ground in your article.
As an example, here are some guidelines from the Mail & Guardian
(And here is a humourous take on how not to get your feedback published)
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