Submissions vary from 750 words to 2000 words.
Deadlines and Themes (articles may also be submitted prior to these dates)
- 32.4 (2017): Crime Prevention – September 15, 2017 deadline
- 33.1 (2018): General Topics – December 15, 2017 deadline
- 33.2 (2018): Women and Justice – March 15, 2018 deadline
- 33.3 (2018): General Topics – June 4, 2018 deadline
“The first paragraph should catch the reader’s eye. Your model should be the opening paragraph of a good short story, not the beginning of an academic essay” . You may want to link your idea to a current, well – known (Canadian) justice issue.
“At the outset, your reader should have a general idea of where you are going – but you don’t need a roadmap. We need to know in the first paragraph that you are writing about why we should ban texting while driving, for example, but not that you will give us two arguments and two examples.
Accuracy, brevity and clarity” – the writing should be concise but the meaning must come through very clearly and be well backed up with references and a solid conclusion.
Please note that your submission will be read for content and clarity upon receipt at CCJA and suggestions for revisions may be made. We recommend the use of headings and reserve the right to make suggestions regarding their use . Headings break up the text and provide for an easier, more entertaining read for strong and weak readers alike .
*Parts of the above guidelines are from Andrew Leigh’s ‘online article’ A few tips for opinion piece writers available at andrewleigh.org/pdf/OpEd_Tips.pdf
Opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the Association’s views, but are included to encourage reflection and action on the criminal justice system throughout Canada.