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Razor Wire Submissions, Suggestions
And Requirements

By Chuck Armsbury, Senior Editor

We are looking for special observations about the drug war, small stories, and interesting incidents or anecdotes. We don't publish emotional 'rants' because our purpose is to promote constructive communication and educate our readers. Remember, the Coalition's primary mission is to expose and end the failed drug war; we welcome interesting letters from prisoners and citizens on any topic thought to be linked to our strategic mission.

Prisoners send letters by traditional postal mail, but those online can e-mail submissions. We publish photos or drawings that can accompany your article.

We look for written themes that describe how and what ordinary citizens do to convince government officials, associates and friends to think critically about the drug war. You can inspire us with a drug war story about your success teaching someone in your family, office, church, community group. You might also tell how you first learned about the abuses and failure of the drug war, and what action you have taken to encourage drug law reform.

Write your letter or article as best you can. Our editors will correct spelling and glaring grammatical errors. Generally speaking, shorter writing submissions get our attention. Please don't send us a lengthy manuscript or essay without contacting us first; chances are we will not have staff time available to read it.

The Mail Call letters printed in the Razor Wire range from 200 to 400 words. A feature article or guest column should be no more than 1200 words. Submitted items should be typed, double spaced, or neatly printed by hand if you don't have access to a typewriter.

If you are sending a submission by e-mail, save the documents as RTF (Rich Text Format) if possible, or plain text and attach to an e-mail communication. If you are sending a photograph or other "scanned" material, save as a JPEG and attach to the e-mail. If text or JPEG, please include a brief summary of your submission in the body of the e-mail. In the subject line, type: Razor Wire Submission. Include your contact information if you are not already listed in our database. Send them to editor©

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Finally, you may want to use the Razor Wire as an aid to study for your school, church, civic association, or your circle of friends. We can make extra copies available for these purposes. Prisoners hold informal classes, learning together how they can further the cause of drug policy reform. "Free world" citizens and drug war prisoners read from the same page in this unique educational process.

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