Writer's Guidelines

Government Executive is the premier source of news and analysis for managers and executives in the federal government. Launched as a print magazine in 1969 and as a digital publication in 1996, it is produced by Atlantic Media’s Government Executive Media Group. Our audience includes high-ranking civilian and military officials who carry out the laws that define the government's role in our economy and society.

In addition to our daily journalism, we publish opinion and analysis pieces on issues related to the management of federal agencies and programs.

Most successful submissions of such articles are 800 words or less, make a clear and convincing point about a topic of current interest to our readers, and are written by people who are experienced and qualified in their fields.

The contributed articles we publish generally focus on federal management, including workforce issues, leadership, ethics, information technology advances and oversight of government operations. We prefer our contributors to use real-world examples from federal agencies in crafting their submissions.

Our contributors have included professional journalists, current and former federal employees, scholars, think-tank experts, consultants and corporate leaders. We do not publish articles that seem to be aimed at promoting the fortunes of any individual, product or company.

If you’re interested in submitting an article for consideration, send an email describing what you propose to write about to submissions@govexec.com. The email should detail your relevant experience and expertise. We must be notified if the piece has been submitted to multiple publications simultaneously and if another publication plans to publish it.

If we accept the article for publication, we also require:

  • Author bio. At the end of the article, please include a one- to two-sentence description of your professional background.
  • Signed agreement. The first time you write for us, you must sign an agreement granting us permission to use your work, name, image and likeness across our platforms and guaranteeing that your work does not infringe on the rights of any third party.

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