Submission Guidelines

If you would like to contribute to The News Lens, please send your work to Please include your real name, email and phone number, and attach your work directly in the email (Word document).
Do not send multiple copies of the same work as we will reply within 24 hours of receiving your submission.
For translation purposes, please include your preferred English name.
TNLI Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions on any aspect of Asia-related politics, society and culture, including the experience of people connected to Asia living in other parts of the world.

This includes original news articles, features, opinions, analysis, reviews, commentary and cartoons. Topics that diverge from the normal news cycle, frames and narratives are encouraged.

We will also consider ideas for ongoing, paid weekly contributions. All pitches should be sent to the editors via email, subject line, TNL International.

Submissions should run from 400 to 1,000 words, but pieces of any length will be considered.

All articles should be submitted as a Word document and all sources should be acknowledged via in-line hyperlinks.

For style, please follow AP guidelines.

Provide Chinese characters in brackets for individuals with a Chinese name -- e.g., Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文); for standardization purposes, we use traditional Chinese, even for names of individuals in China.

Aim for consistency when Romanizing; look to previously published articles. Use Tongyong Pinyin to Romanize names, not Hanyu: Thus, never Cai and Xie, but Tsai and Hsieh.

Romanized names of individuals in Taiwan are always hyphenated (unless the person herself doesn’t do so) -- e.g, Lee Teng-hui, not Lee Tenghui; not so for people in China -- e.g., Mao Zedong, not Mao Tse-tung.

Use most common Romanization for historical figures -- e.g., Chiang Kai-shek and not Jiang Jieshi.

We don’t use “Mainland China,” unless it is in a quote.

When in doubt, search the Chinese characters between brackets + Taipei Times in Google, and you will likely get what you’re looking for.

We do not provide Chinese characters for Uyghurs and Tibetans.