Guest Columns

 Disagree or agree with an opinion piece? Have a burning urge to share your views? The Opinion section wants your opinion.

Guidelines for submission of pieces:

  • Please share your ideas with the Opinion editors (Jessica Teng and Marissa Foo) before you start writing.
  • Include a suggested title, your name, and preferred means of contact.
  • Sources used should be cited clearly.
  • If you have a suggested photo, graphic, illustration etc. to go with the article, please attach a high resolution copy of it in JPEG format to your email and include a suggested caption.
  • If you don’t see your article in our latest issue, don’t worry – we might be waiting to publish it in a future issue. But while we consider each article carefully, please bear in mind we may not be able to publish all submitted articles. Feel free to check with us if you have any worries.
  • Please consult us before re-publishing or distributing any articles you have already submitted to The Octant. Sharing your article via a link to it’s page on our website is fine, of course.

Your writing should be clear and concise, have good grammar and spelling (we use American spelling), and should be around 850 words in length.

Send your completed piece (a Google Doc link with full editing permissions is preferred) to with the subject “Opinion piece: <title of piece> by <your name>”.

Letters to the Editors

Send your letters to the editors (maximum word count 150) to by 5 P.M. on Friday for the chance to have it published here next week.

We will edit submitted letters to follow The Octant’s house style, but will not make major changes to the content.