iSting: Change Europe with your Writing

Dear aspirant Sting writers,

Thanks for responding positively to our invitation to take part with your articles, in making Europe a better place through constructive criticism. This is a different kind of writing, than your comments on published stories.

I hope that being readers of the Sting, you have understood already the basic principles of our endeavour. As Harry Sting puts it, “Europe needs criticism, democratic dialogue and active citizens, where everyone can touch upon an issue in a respectful manner”.

Those are our founding principles. I would like however to elaborate a bit on them. Starting from criticism, it must be clarified that it has to be constructive and not senselessly destructive, substantiated and not just partisan and to the point.

Turning to the democratic dialog, the fact that the Sting is here to promote it does not mean we are accepting for publishing whatever material is offered. We got to protect all of you. Opinions have to authentically represent the well- meant interests of an individual or a group of people, which do not unduly undermine the interests of others.

As for the respectful manner of our writings, we all must show respect for the English language, not to mistreat it or use unnecessarily harsh and obscene expressions.

Coming to the structure of stories, the text has to have a deductive composition, divided by paragraphs, with an introduction, main theme and a conclusion or epilogue. This does not mean that we will reject a well-targeted short comment, observation or question.

Last but not least the length of your stories is also important. We set no strict lower limit. For the ceiling though, we think that 900 words are more or less enough to develop and present a theme, a case, a fact, a comment, an analysis or a report without losing the attention of the reader.

Know that your email address will be your signature on your story and this will be visible under its title.

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Send your Sting now at iSting@europeansting.com and be part of the Hive that will change Europe.

Thank you for your aspiration to take part in this odyssey.

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