Write for Us

We consider original contributions from experienced and emerging writers. We consider interviews, reviews, art, profiles, essays, photos essays, and news articles about food and drink, health, law, politics, lifestyles—as long as it pertains to Illinois and the cannabis industry.

We prefer finished work to pitches. We favor work with a human touch that accurately features/profiles Illinoisans, but we also accept all types of writing, from quirky tutorials to heavily researched news articles. Our word count is flexible but 350-600 words work best. At ILNJ, we believe in the Oxford comma, and as such, we refuse to use AP as our house style. Instead, we prefer to stick with the Illinois theme and use Chicago Manual of Style.

All work has to be previously unpublished in print and online.

Expect one month or less for a decision. Please do not query us or send another manuscript until one month has passed. ILNJ takes First Serial Rights. All other rights remain with the author. We sometimes are able to pay an honorarium for contributions, but not always.

For more guidelines, click here. No e-mail submissions of any kind will be considered. If you wish to submit electronically, please use Submittable.


Product Reviews

We review cannabis products from dispensary and businesses in Illinois and online stores. Individual product reviews contain around 150-200 words of copy, a link to the business and product, and photos. You supply the product. We review it.

We prefer review boxes with multiple samples delivered at one time (or monthly, for new pipes, bongs, strains, edibles, series reviews, etc.). We post all our reviews on Illinois News Joint and our other media outlets.

For information about product reviews or paid sponsored reviews, please contact J. L. Brown at 




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