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BankThink is a blog about ideas, trends, and other developments in financial services. We welcome submissions that take a strong point of view on topics of interest to bankers and others in the financial services industry. Please read the following guidelines before submitting articles:

Submission Guidelines
We value opinion-driven pieces over advice-driven ones. We will consider advice pieces, but they should be geared toward advice for those in and around the financial services industry rather than a broad consumer audience. In all cases, the author must make an argument and back it up.

Many, but not all, pieces we run online appear in the daily print edition of American Banker (usually several days after posting on the blog). Authors must be willing to grant American Banker rights for both.

Keep submissions between 250 and 750 words. We reserve the right to trim longer pieces.

We do not accept explicit or veiled promotional pieces. The conclusion should not lead to a recommendation for a specific category of product or service, especially if the author (or a company the author represents) sells these products or services.

Send articles as Word files, not pdfs. Avoid fancy formatting: no bulleted or numerical lists, borders, footnotes, charts or graphs.

Submissions should be exclusive to us. If you would like to excerpt or adapt material that has appeared in another form, please discuss it with us.

Please provide online links to source materials and other related web content whenever relevant. Include any important attributions/citations within the text.

Suggested headlines are encouraged. We reserve the right to change headlines, though we strive to make each an accurate reflection of the piece. (Also, note the print headlines are often different than the online headlines due to layout factors.)

When providing a proposed headline please keep it shorter than 60 characters. It should be declarative and should make people want to read the piece. A short abstract for the landing page (ideally 30 words or fewer) would also be helpful.

Avoid jargon. Though our audience is familiar with most topics discussed, we strive to use language that is clear and accessible to the layperson. Don't refer to software as "solutions," don't use the term "holistic" unless referring to spa treatments.

First-hand, first-person observations and anecdotes are welcomed and encouraged when appropriate. We value the variety of professional experiences our contributors have had.

In most cases deadlines are rolling, but if an article is relevant to breaking news, please get it to us as soon as possible.

Please include a short bio, including the author(s) title and a very brief description of his or her company/organization. If available, please send a high-resolution digital color photo of the author in a separate email.

Send submissions to all three of the following: Alan Kline, Sarah Todd and Marc Hochstein.

We cannot guarantee publication of a piece in advance based on an abstract, but please feel free to contact us at any point in the process for guidance on an idea or appropriateness of fit for BankThink.

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