How to Contribute

Commentaries are contributed or staff-written articles on a wide variety of topics in local and state government. From administration and public works management to technology tips, the commentaries are a forum for expert perspectives.

How to Pitch Columns to American City & County

If you'd like to write for the section, email Jason Axelrod at with the following three items:

  • A color head-and-shoulders headshot in high resolution
  • A one-paragraph bio
  • One column idea

General Commentary Submission Guidelines


Save your commentary as a Microsoft Word document (.doc). Please do not include any images within the document itself. Also, please do not include any special formatting beyond bold, italic and underlined text, as this complicates our ability to transfer the article onto our site. 


Links within commentaries are welcome, and we encourage their inclusion when they connect to sources cited in the article. Please use links within the article body in lieu of footnotes or endnotes.

Author Bio

Underneath your headline, please include a short bio. Your bio should be about 50 words long and include your current job title and company. You should also include your contact information such as your e-mail address, phone number and website URL. Please also briefly describe any relevant experience in state or local government.


Underneath your author bio, please include your byline. For example: By Joe Smith, president of Smith Co.


Please email a high-resolution (300 dpi) head-and-shoulders photo of yourself to Please save it in a JPEG format. Rather than copying and pasting your photo in your article, please send it as a separate e-mail attachment.


The article needs to be between 600 to 650 words long.


The readers of American City & County are elected officials and department heads in city, county and state governments in the United States. The commentaries should address local and state government managers in a variety of disciplines.


We have flexible deadlines. In your story pitch, please indicate when you would be able to contribute your article.

Rules on promotion

The articles may mention companies, organizations and products, but should not read as promotions of these entities.

Copyright contract

To be published in the Viewpoints blog, your article must be original and not published elsewhere. Before publishing your article, we will send you a copyright agreement to sign.


We do not compensate our Viewpoint writers for their online columns. Writing a column, however, is a way to increase awareness of your expertise in local and state government.