Writer’s Guidelines

The California Policy Center welcomes and will consider unsolicited material for publication. If you are interested in contributing material please email editor[@]calpolicycenter.org. The California Policy Center will retain nonexclusive rights to any material selected for publication. Accompanying any submission should be the writer’s full name, email and phone number, place of residence, and a brief (50-100 word) biography. Here are general guidelines for writers.


The California Policy Center distributes content via two principle online venues, the Prosperity Forum, with the accompanying Prosperity Digest email newsletter (subscribe), and UnionWatch, with the accompanying UnionWatch Digest email newsletter (subscribe).

The Prosperity Forum publishes informed and constructive policy ideas and analysis from any source, guided by our core belief that prosperity and opportunity will return to California through a combination of common sense reforms in Sacramento, innovation in our public schools, and greater freedom for the private sector.

Union Watch publishes information on the impact of unions on government budgets, government accountability, the economy and the democratic process. While UnionWatch endeavors to report and analyze national and international impacts of unions, the emphasis is on the impact of public sector unions, especially in California.

The California Policy Center also publishes in-depth studies designed to provide quantitative, top-down financial information and analysis of California’s state and local government finances, including reports on total state and local government revenue and expenses, as well as total state and local government debt. Related areas of focus include reports on the solvency of public sector pension plans and public employee total compensation. Other areas of focus include campaign finance and the impact of influential participants including corporate interests and public sector unions.


Material accepted for publication may be informational or prescriptive. Any primary facts presented should be either linked or footnoted to reputable sources. Prescriptive material should be positive and solutions-oriented in tone. While writers may convey passionately held beliefs, the priority must be to present facts in a logical and factual manner. The controversy surrounding many of the topics we prioritize demands scrupulous attention to facts and detail.


As an educational 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to nonpartisan analysis and commentary, we believe it’s critical to change the way that fiscal realists, government reformers, and economic growth advocates communicate with California’s opinion leaders and the public. Where we prioritize quantitative analysis and rigorous reasoning, it is vital to also discuss how policies affect ordinary Californians. Are burdensome pension obligations forcing libraries and parks to close or the DA to ratchet back the pressure on dead-beat dads? Are excessive environmentalist restrictions on energy development costing thousands of Californians the opportunity to apply for high-paying new jobs and raising the price of gasoline and natural gas? We challenge our writers to always relate their analysis to how California’s live.


There is no formal restriction on length. An opinion column ranges between 500 and 1,000 words. In-depth reports range between 1,500 and 3,500 words. We have published studies that were over 10,000 words.

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