Smile Politely


Smile Politely is always welcoming new writers into the fold, across all sections. We invite all reasonable points of view, so long as your writing falls within the general guidelines of our editorial mission to best serve the community of Champaign-Urbana. We’re looking for writers who have the ability to string together clear, concise, and interesting hyper-local pieces that will grab the attention of our readership.

If you are interested in contributing, please email us at [email protected] with the following information:

  • A query letter telling us who you are, what sort of writing you’ve done, and why you’d like to write for Smile Politely.
  • A few article ideas that you have, so we can determine which section(s) would be the best fit.
  • Examples of previous work (published articles are preferred, but, if you’re new to this, just send along what you can).