FAQs for Contributors

FAQ for Contributors

Thank you for your interest in contributing an article to The Enterprisers Project. Details on how to submit an article for consideration can be found here. Responses to frequently-asked questions are below. If you have any questions that are not answered here, drop us a note at tep-content (at) redhat (dot) com.

How can I contribute to The Enterprisers Project?

We are happy to review articles from our readers that are original, meet our guidelines, and that are in line with the topics that we typically cover – IT leadership, innovation, digital technology, etc. If you already have an article in mind that fits this description, feel free to send it to tep-content (at) redhat (dot) com for consideration.

The best way to stay informed about the topics on which we are actively seeking guest contributions is to sign up for our contributors mailing list. If you sign up, you can expect 2-3 emails per month outlining our monthly editorial themes as well as timely opportunities to contribute to articles we are working on each month. If you are interested, let us know, and we will sign you up.

I sent a pitch/idea for consideration to tep-content (at) redhat (dot) com, and I never heard back. What happened?

When we are interested in using an idea, we try to respond within three business days. Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot respond to every email.

Please take a moment to re-review our guidelines. The most successful proposed articles offer an original viewpoint with strong reader takeaways that align with the topics that matter to The Enterprisers Project audience. If you feel strongly that your submission fits this description, follow up with us and tell us why at tep-content (at) redhat (dot) com.

I/My client am/is a respected thought leader with a strong background in technology, but do/does not have a CIO title. Will this disqualify my/his/her submission?

The goal of The Enterprisers Project is to focus on the CIO perspective, and we do give strong preference to authors with a CIO or equivalent title (CTO, VP of IT, etc) at large organizations. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and if you have something compelling to share with our audience, we'd like to hear from you.

In your submission, be sure to outline specific reader takeaways that are supported by real-world examples. The content should not be self-promotional in any way. For example, if you are highlighting a CIO challenge that your company is particularly well-suited to solve, your article will likely be rejected. Jargon should be avoided, and facts should be in order. Bottom line, if your article is well-written and well thought out, with our particular audience in mind, then we will be happy to consider it – no matter what your title.

I submitted an article idea that was accepted. Now what?

In general, once we accept an article idea, we’d like to review a full draft within two weeks. If that is not possible, let us know what is, and we will work with you.

Writers should strive to turn in articles that are ready for publication, with suggested headlines and all copy proofed and spell-checked. We will do a final edit, of course, and we retain the right to change the headline to match our style. In the instance of extremely heavy edits, contributors will have the chance to review all changes before publication. We are looking for between 500-800 words.

When you are ready to submit, email the final article draft as well as a bio and headshot for the author to tep-content (at) redhat (dot) com. Please note that acceptance of your topic does not guarantee publication should the final article draft fail to meet our guidelines.

I went through all these steps and submitted an article that is ready for publication. When will my article appear on the site?

Once we receive your final article, it is then placed into our editorial queue; however, it may be a few weeks before it's slotted for publication. Our editors will try to contact you a few days before it runs, but please also keep an eye out and be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

Once it's live, you are encouraged to share the link on all of your social networks and send to you colleagues, peers, and friends. You are free to post your piece in full elsewhere after it has been published on The Enterprisers Project.

Thank you for contributing to The Enterprisers Project!