The Northwest Progressive Institute’s Cascadia Advocate welcomes submissions from elected officials, activists, nonprofit leaders, and others interested in sharing their perspective on current events and important issues with our readers. Submissions should take the form of a column or essay that presents commentary.
History of the Cascadia Advocate
The Cascadia Advocate is one of the oldest continuously-published blogs (or weblogs) in the Pacific Northwest. Founded March 29th, 2004, it is NPI’s primary publication, focusing on long-form advocacy journalism. Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington State Democratic Party Chair Shasti Conrad, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and former U.S. Representative Don Bonker are among those who have contributed guest essays to the Cascadia Advocate over the years.
NPI writers have chronicled many important events through the Cascadia Advocate with firsthand eyewitness reporting, including the 2008 inauguration of Barack Obama, multiple Democratic National Conventions, over a dozen Netroots Nation conferences, and countless public meetings, including several memorable FCC hearings and the only town hall that former U.S. Representative Dave Reichert ever held. The Cascadia Advocate’s growing archive consists of over five thousand posts contributed by more than one hundred different individuals.
Audience, reach, and recognition
More than 100,000 readers visit the Cascadia Advocate every year (with over 200,000 in presidential election years), and most read more than one post.
Our readers include activists, journalists, and highly engaged voters.
The most popular posts get tens of thousands of views throughout the year. In addition to serving as the home for the original research poll findings that NPI publishes, the Cascadia Advocate is known for NPI’s Last Week In Congress vote report series, documentary and book reviews, and thoughtful guest essays.
In years past, the Cascadia Advocate has been repeatedly named as one of The Washington Post’s Best State Political Blogs. It is indexed by Authoritative Content and major news search engines like Google News, ensuring that what we publish is accessible to a large global audience. New posts are promoted and distributed through NPI’s accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Mastodon, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.
Submissions must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least five hundred words long, but not longer than 2,000 or so words.
- Address a current event, upcoming/past election, or policy topic (examples: attainable housing, nondiscrimination, net neutrality, or global health). We also accept reviews of books and documentary films.
- Adhere to NPI’s Code of Ethics and Commenting Guidelines. Submissions that contain profanity, inappropriate content, or people’s private contact information will be immediately rejected and not considered for publication.
- Align with our cherished progressive values of empathy, mutual responsibility, freedom, protection, fairness, diversity, equity, and inclusion. For an excellent discussion of what progressive values are, we recommend reading Dr. George Lakoff’s Don’t Think Of An Elephant.
- Be original content. We don’t publish material that has already appeared elsewhere. If you would like simultaneously to cross-post a piece you’ve submitted to your own website/newsletter, or another website, that is okay, as long that cross-posted piece mentions it appeared on the Cascadia Advocate. Please advise us of your plans to cross-post when you submit.
- Be authored under a Creative Commons license (the same license we publish under). NPI is a strong proponent of copyleft. We believe that society benefits from a robust exchange of ideas and access to knowledge, and we walk our talk by making posts on the Cascadia Advocate reproducible with attribution. By submitting a guest column or essay to us, you agree to publish that piece under this Creative Commons license.
Note that NPI does not participate in link exchange schemes or content farm arrangements. Pieces that are overly self-promotional won’t be considered for publication. Your submission may mention and link to a book, film, or other project that you’re involved with, but the piece should be primarily about the subject matter pertaining to an issue, event, or election that is likely to be of interest to people in the Pacific Northwest, the United States, and Canada.
How to submit
Use the form below to submit a guest post for consideration.