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FAQ On Article Submission To Awate.com

1. What is an article?

An article is a “written work published in a print or Internet medium. It may be for the purpose of propagating the news, research results, academic analysis or debate”, according to wikipedia (which doesn’t publish articles, by the way, just “entries.”)

2. How long is an awate.com article?

It should be about 1,200 words. But good luck finding an article that short; people here usually take twice as long as average to say what we want to say. Somebody should write an article about this phenomenon. (using 1,200 words or less.)

3. But does anybody read the whole article?

Hmmmm. That’s why you should structure your article that you place your most important points in the first few paragraphs.  And provide your email address so readers can give you feedback.

4. Does awate.com edit articles?

We will choose a heading for the article. And we will conduct minor edits, but no re-writes.

5. Besides the written word, can I submit contributions like audio, cartoons, video, etc?

Yes, of course. With this caveat: we take a hardline position against copyright violations and art that is in poor taste. If you have an audio or video, post it to youtube first, then provide us the link.

6. What do you mean by “poor taste”?

We know it when we see it.  Hint: that picture of Isaias Afwerki with horns and dracula fangs, and blood dripping…that is really in poor taste. It is not like we like the guy, but come on, a little creativity goes a long way.  Elevate the art if you can; if you can’t, nothing wrong with taking the time to practice.

7. Why don’t you communicate with Eritreans in their own languages? What is the point of publishing in English, a language which is alien to Eritreans?


8. I am serious!

Well, we also publish Arabic and Tigrigna articles.  But the chosen medium for awate.com is English. Always was, always will be—at least until the Google webbots learn our languages. The EPLF/PFDJ has had a 30 year head start on propagating its false narrative about Eritrea; we are playing catch up. In 10 years we have made a dent; we will need more time to offer a counter-narrative that cannot be avoided by scholars researching Eritrea. But you are most welcome to translate the English articles, news pieces, editorials into Tigrigna, Arabic or any Eritrean language, and you don’t need our permission for it.  Just volunteer for the task.

9. What are your criteria for publishing and/or rejecting articles?

Articles that are well-written, relevant, insightful will be chosen over articles that are poorly-written, terribly short, terribly long.  Articles that have been submitted by the author to another website will not be published.

10. But I have seen articles that were published at awate.com also appear at another website!

We cannot unpublish a writer simply because another website, which usually has no original content, decided to cross-post his/her article without his/her consent.  We can’t punish an author for the transgression of a website.

11. Oh, that’s nice.  But why do you always only publish articles that are critical of the Eritrean government?

You mean the Eritrean mafia regime. Yes, we are an “OPPOSITION” website and we are about publishing opinion which is not allowed to be published, broadcast or even uttered in the police state of Eritrea.

12. Yes, but isn’t that censoring? I thought you were about “freedom of expression.”  What about the freedom to praise the Eritrean government?

Your heartfelt concerns for the rights of this poor individual are quite touching but such an individual can express his/her freedom at shabait.com, shaebia.org, Hadas Ertra, Eritrea Alhaditha, alenalki, biddho, east afro, ethiopian review, meskerem.net.

13. But that is still censorship!

Not really. We are even providing you links to them; you can go read what they have to say. Just make sure you shower before you visit awate.com.

14. But I have seen articles that appear at awate.com also appear at Ethiopian websites. Coincidence?  Hmmm? Are you in cahoots? Is there a conspiracy….?


15. Yawn?

Sorry, we didn’t know we were doing that out loud.  It is spontaneous reaction to boredom.

16. How soon does an article get published after it is submitted?

It depends. Some might take a few days. We allow for the lag time because authors usually have edits they would like to do after they submit the article and rather than asking us to edit their work, we would like them to resubmit a new one.  The gaps are longer if the submission is by the same author.

17. What happens to articles that are rejected?

Nothing. We do not notify the author why it wasn’t published: generally, it is because it was too long, too short, too poorly written, irrelevant, or full of ad hominem attacks.

18. Where do I send my article to?


19. Any special format?

A word document (NOT pdf), preferably a 11 Calibiri font type (the default for Word 2007 and Word 2010.) No coloring or tabs please.

20. Can I embed pictures, graphs, etc in the article?

We prefer that you send that in a separate file.

21. What if I want to safeguard my privacy?

Look at our tagline: inform, inspire, embolden, reconcile. The movement towards emboldening Eritreans will not make much progress if people choose to hide behind pen names.  But if you must (and you might have good reasons or no reason at all), we will allow you to use pen names, we will protect your privacy but awate.com has to know your contact information.  We won’t disclose your identity, but we have to know it.

22. So you know the identity of all your writers, even those using pen names?

Yes. Including those who rail regularly against the irresponsible use of pennames.

23. Do you compensate authors for their work?

Yes, of course! We have an automated email response which says, “thank you for submitting an article to awate.com.”

24. How do I post public announcements?

Post it at our Awate Comments section

25. Posting Guidelines – Awate Forum

General: The purpose of the comments section is to provide feedback to the author and to facilitate discussion on issues raised by the author of the article.  Try to stay on topic. All comments are moderated, unless the commenter is a “white hat” (trusted commenter.)  If there is a delay in posting your comment, it is either on cue to be moderated and/or it is in violation of one of the posting guidelines and has been sent to the trash bin.  If you are a “white hat”, it probably means you are posting from a different ip address and Disqus is treating you as a new commenter; or you have edited your post.

25.1  Register your user name and email address in the comments section following the articles.  (Your email address will not be shown.)

25.2  Use one user name.  Don’t register multiple times. Attempts to tip the balance–giving your arguments the deceptive sense that they are shared by many others when it is just you writing under different user names–will result in warning and then suspension.(Easy for the moderator to find out by checking your ip address.)

25.3 Don’t portray a misleading identity of yourself: gender, faith, nationality. Avoid anything that is considered a dishonest and deceitful representation of your real identity.

25.4  Use proper posting protocol: begin with a salutation and address your audience by name. Do not use abusive language.

25.5  Use appropriate, family-friendly language.  Foul language is not allowed.

25.6  It is okay to criticize a political ideology but it is not okay to attack a collective identity (race, ethnicity, tribe, region, religion, nationality, gender, etc). Doing so will result in immediate suspension/ban.

  • Awet Tsegay

    Why min. $50? why not $5 or $10. Anyone should contribute whatever they can, I mean only the tax collector can collect fees like this. Please, let everyone contribute what they can.

  • Yosief Tewolde

    Among the lists of weaknesses of the “opposition elements” of Eritrea is that they could not have one common and single Radio Station by collaboration.

  • Yosief Tewolde
  • Yosief Tewolde

    Peace all,
    sorry that my Radio interview was cancelled yesterday due to the weather conditions in America. it is moved to….
    I am invited to a Radio interview about my book “Glance at Eternity” with Stu Taylor (american radio) tomorrow 19 January at 9.45 EST or 2.45 GMT.

    Please check on http://www.stutaylor.com

    also Google my name.

    Yosief Tewolde
    aLl iS wElL

  • Yosief Tewolde

    Peace all, I am invited to a radio interview about my book “Glance at Eternity” with Stu Taylor (american radio) tomorrow 17 January at 9 EST or 2 GMT.

    Please check on http://www.stutaylor.com

    Yosief Tewolde
    aLl iS wElL

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Dear Awate Moderator,

    Thank you for the response. No problem! it was just that I had no clue about the fate of the document I dispatched. Otherwise, no rush with anything.

    Best of luck with your efforts to put the system back to its effective & efficient operational status.

    PS: Now that I have managed to get your “attention”, I will stop using this perhaps unauthorized channel/mode of communication!!

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Dear Awate.com,

    Please Help!

    I am posting this message – oh, certainly, not a comment – in desperation after having repeatedly failed to get through on your e-mail address (articles@awate.com). Two weeks ago, I used this same address to submit an article for posting, but my message failed to prompt a response of any kind. Suspecting that it may not, for whatever reasons, have reached you, I re-sent the same message to you two days ago. Sadly enough, that too seems to have gotten lost in the “cyber traffic”.

    I hope you appreciate the frustration and the waste of time that such a misfortune entails, and I would be grateful if you could rectify the problem at the earliest possible time.

    Best regards

    PS: I would tend to believe that others in your readership may be encountering similar problems.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Yohannes Zerai,
      I encountered the problem of posting my comments for several days about a week or two ago. Nitricc mentioned that there was no posting for over 17 hours or so at Awate university, which is unusual.
      The solution is to keep on trying using magic if necessary until you break through.
      I think, there is a bonus points on the final grade.
      It is frustrating but isn’t it fun when you finally break through.
      Mr. K.H

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Hi Kim Hanna

        Hey, thank you so much for stepping in – it gives a good feeling to know that I am not in the wilderness all by myself shouting for help in vain!

        Yeah, I am trying anything and everything I can think of to break through and hope something will work out soon.


  • Ismail Suleiman

    Life cycling
    ( My fanciful idea )
    Abouy Nur was an ordinary Eritrean poor man living in Asmara. He had a small family with one son and a daughter .his son Ali studied up to 4th grade and discontinue his study . He search a job just to support his poor father . Ali did not enjoyed his youth life like others at his age .he worked as carpenter helper and sometimes as shopkeeper . indeed his father got some assistance from his son . With additional income for the first time they ate meat and some fruits . Slightly their standard of life improved . When Ali became 17 years old and in the same year a war broke between Eritrean fronts and Ethiopian soldiers in Asmara city and surrounding area. The Ethiopian massacre many civilians as per result many young Eritrean including Ali fled and joined Eritrean fronts . Ali was joined ELF and was sent to Barka area for 6 month military training after completing the training he participated in many confrontations against the enemy .
    In early eights when Shaabia and Wayane took joint offensive against ELF , the front was completely defeated and forced to retreat and finally surrendered to Sudanese government
    Ali lived for certain period in Kasala with his friend Alem . Life in Kasala was miserable it was crowded with ex- ELF fighters . He and his friend Alem decided to migrate to USA or Canada and both of them filed for immigration as refuges . After a period of time Alem got acceptance to migrate to USA while Ali application was rejected . Ali stayed in Kasala with no support , he looked for a job to survive . he worked in small restaurant for four month . He saved some amount of money and finally decide to sneak to Saudia through sea . He reached Jeddah and stayed in his friend house and he was lucky enough to get official permit residence and also managed to get driving license and worked as truck driver the only job he can perform .
    In Jeddah he start living in better condition and after saving enough money he married . For the first time in his life he owned TV , refrigerator and other house items .
    With the passing time Ali got one boy and three daughters . He named his son Ahmed . Ahmed got special attention from his family and got better education than his sisters .he completed secondary school . His father was very optimistic of his son , Ahmed all his wish was to work and assist his father.
    since his father was suffering of diabetic with high blood pressure . Ahmed searched job in every corner but no organization were willing to give him a job since his permit residence was under his father’s
    sponsor and by the law he is not allowed to work . Ahmed lost his confidence on himself and was highly stressed to see his old father working beyond his ability.
    Ahmed became demoralized since he was not able to help his father . During one salat prayer time Ahmed was advised by some elite group to go Syria to join Jihad in Syria , and was promised
    to enter Jena if he died in the war . He was convinced by their words and everything was arranged for him to go to Syria . His father has no information where his sons was missing but after a period of time he was informed that his son Ahmed was killed in Syria , It was a very shock to the family to lose their only son as per result his father died of heart stroke after two weeks of his son’s death. Ali’s family remained alone with no one to help . Later on Ali’s family were deported to Eritrea since their residence permit was no more valid with death of Ali .
    They arrived Asmara for the first of time in their life and they don’t know were to go . They asked the taxi drive to drop them to the nearest Mosque expecting they will get some support from Salat performers but without no avail, they found that the people themselves were in their worst condition .
    They rented one room in Akria district . To survive the mother start to beg in street of Asmara and within one year the mother with her three daughters fled to Sudan before hers daughters taken to serve the so called national service .

  • meda akalu

    lomy elet 18/10/2013 ab ady hareshe zrekeb clinic zkon hmum dekisu zyfelet knesu zkon gaseha ymete sele zelo ytrareywo kmzlow nhbrekum.

  • meda akalu

    kemy tkonu ahwat eritrawyan kab maseker adihareshe ethiopia ey zthfelkum zloku ab zhalefe mese arra znber zymrddae ggeom meman zabu halefty arra nhzby nafrarehu tegagena ena elkum selfe wtu ena belu yfrarehu alewu kab t bota kem zhaberuna abty measker bzuhat etiopiawyan sel zlow selfe kgebru ydalow kmzlow thabruna alo kulu menty yhwat ztabek edlom kytlmet adly zkon habereta nab laelowet halefty unhcr n nabkalot ttabekty sebawe meselaten aweyatom ktmahallalfelom nlabom kab masker adihareshe.

  • Ali Ibrahim

    The limit 1200 words for an article creates obstacles when someone tries to write an article, because the person would be forced either to discard some of his ideas and supporting evidences or the person would be forced to write about a meager topic which requires no indepth analysis. I do believe it is better to post relevant and well-analysed long articles in parts than a relevant and poorly explained short articles.

  • Adiam K

    has anyone ever asked them selves it may be they are part of the problem?? why only others?!

  • What languages ​​do you accept article

  • ናብ ክቡር አቦና ኣቡነ ማቃሮዮስ
    ጸጋን ምሕረትን ሰላምን ኣምላኽ ምሳኹም ይኹን :: ብዕለት 10 ምያዝያ 2011፡ ኣብ ከተማ ኣትላንታ ምእንቲ’ቶም ኣብ ባሕሪ ዝጠፍኡ ኣሕዋትናን ኣሓትናን ንገለና ድማ ደቅና፡ ጥዑም ከይረኣዩ፡ ፍቕሪ ስድራቤቶምን ሃገሮምን ከየስተማቐሩ፡ ኣብ ዘይፈልጥዎ ምድረ-በዳን ባሕርን ንዝጠፍኡ ዜጋታት ዝገበርኩሞ ጸሎተ-ፍትሓት ብጽሞና ተኸታቲልናዮ። ብሓደ ወገን፡ በቲ ዝወረደ መቕዘፍቲ ዜጋታትና ሓዚንና፤ በቲ ሓደ ወገን ድማ ብዘርኣኽሞ ኣባታውን መንፈሳውን ሓልዮት ተጸናኒዕና። ካብዚ ብምጋስ ድማ፡ ነዚ ዝስዕብ ሓጺር ምሕጽንታ ከነቕርበልኩም ወሲንና።

    ከምዚ ንርእዮ ዘለና፡ ሽግር ሃገርና ኣብ ኣዝዩ ዘሰክፍ ኩነታት በጺሑ ይርከብ ኣሎ። ዕሸላት ቆልዑ፣ መንእሰያትን ኣደ ቖልዑን ኣብ ዘዝኸድዎ ቦታ ይቕዘፉን ይሃልቁን ኣለዉ። እዚ ከይኣክል ድማ ኣብ ነንሕድሕድና (ብፍላይ እቶም ኣብ ስደት ዘለና ኤርትራውያን) ፍልልያትና እንዳዓበየ ይኸይድ ብምህላዉ ንብዙሓት ከሰክፈና ጀሚሩ ኣሎ።

    ከም ዓቢ ወላድን መንፈሳዊ መራሕን መጠን፡ ንስኹም ኣብዚ ጉዳይዚ ኣወንታዊ ተራ ክትጻወቱ ትኽእሉ ኢኹም ኢልና ስለ እንኣምን፡ ምስ ንዓኹም ዝመስሉ መራሕቲ ሃይማኖት፣ ሽማግለታትን ምሁራትን ተሓባቢርኩም፡ ኣብ ሞንጎ ኤርትራውያን ዕርቂ ዘንግስ ተበግሶ ክትወስዱ ብስም መንእሰያት ኤርትራ ንምሕጸነኩም። ስለምንታይሲ ከምቲ ምስላ ኣበው ዝብሎ፡ “ኣሕዋት ምስ ዝፋቐሩ፡ ጸላእቲ የባርሩ” ኢዩ ነገሩ።

    ብእትገብርዎ ጸሎትን ጻዕርን፡ እቲ ከም ሹም ዝሰኣነ ንህቢ ኣብ ኩሉ ዓለም ፋሕ ኢሉ ዘሎ ዝህብና ኣብ ሓደ ተኣኪቡ ክሰምር ከም ዝኽእል ጥርጥር የብልናን።

    ኣምላኽ መከራና ወዲኡ ዕርቁን ሰላሙን ከውርደልና፡ ቅኑዕ መራሒ ድማ ክህበና እንዳተመነና፡ ንመልእኽትና ሓንጎፋይ ኢልኩም ክትቅበልዎ ደጊምና ንምሕጸነኩም።

    ሓገዝኩም ንጽበ ኤርትራውያን መንእሰያት
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