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Post by TNT Editorial Board / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2012 at 7:32 am |
November 29, 2012 4:54 pm

Since 2000, we’ve reserved a spot on our Monday opinion pages for contributions from a selected panel of four to six local reader columnists. Now it’s time to invite readers to apply for our 2013 roster of guest writers.

We are looking for contributors who represent the diversity of South Sound residents – urban, suburban and rural, young, old and in between.

To apply, submit two fresh sample columns (not previously written material), each 500 to 700 words. Include a cover letter that includes your phone number and tells us a bit about yourself.

Samples should be personal essays grounded in your firsthand experience. No commentary on national or political issues, please. Successful applicants offer unique perspectives on family, neighborhood, community, travel, schooling and other subjects of personal observation.

Advice: Skillfully done vignettes and profiles of humans impress us. Columns on pets, “the good old days” and other clichéd topics are rarely successful.

Only email submissions will be considered. Send to: patrick.ocallahan@thenewstribune.com. Do not send your samples as attachments; copy and paste them as text into the email. The deadline is Jan. 7; selections will by made by Jan. 22.

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