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Contributors' Guidelines

Contribute to Life Learning Magazine

Here are guidelines for those considering contributing an article to Life Learning. Please read them carefully prior to contacting us.

Who We Are

Life Learning was founded in 2002 to publish articles for and from the community of people living and learning without school. It continues to be a free, web-based source of information and inspiration with new articles uploaded weekly. You can learn more about us here.

What We Accept for Publication

We are looking for contributions of real-life personal stories. They can be:

  • articles from people of all ages about how they have deschooled themselves and learned on their own or helped their children to do so;

  • articles from your own experience about how we have been limited by a society that believes in compulsory schooling and how we can transcend those limits;

  • personal experience articles about how adults (parents or others) have learned to respect and trust children to learn as if school (and its trappings) doesn't exist;

  • profiles (autobiographical or otherwise) of teens and adults who are learning (or have learned) without school. 

But please do not let these suggestions limit you; if you have an article idea, discuss it with us!

Our Style

Life Learning articles dig deep and challenge the assumptions related to "experts" (whether within the homeschooling community or outside it) and to learning as a result of being taught. We are not afraid of controversy and are willing to present articles that deal head-on with challenges in the unschooling, homeschooling, and democratic learning communities.

You do not have to be a professional writer to contribute. Life Learning is mostly written by its readers whose contributions reflect their personal experiences with life learning and non-coercive parenting.

  • We are not interested in the academic credentials of our writers; in fact, we do not, by policy, include degrees or other credentials in writers' bylines. (They are acceptable in your bio, which will appear, along with your photo, along with the published article.)

  • Our readers are located in the U.S.A., Canada, the U.K., Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Japan, and many other countries around the world. Therefore, articles should not focus on any one country or on political issues relevant to just one country or area.

  • We prefer to use the term "life learning" rather than "unschooling."

  • We appreciate tight writing that is well-organized and doesn't ramble, but article length is flexible.

  • If required, your article will be edited for spelling, punctuation, grammar, clarity, space, and consistency in tune with our editorial style (including gender neutrality).

If major renovations are required, your article will be returned to you with suggestions for reworking it. We reserve the right to edit or replace the title of your article if necessary.

Remuneration and Copyright

We are unable to pay contributors. We will provide you with a bio paragraph that accompanies the article, which can include a link to your website or blog, along with your photo. We also barter for advertising.

We require your permission to publish the article on the website and in annual article compilations, and as part of third-party versions of our articles that are licensed to libraries and other institutions. Writers retain all other rights to their work, and are therefore free to contribute their articles to other magazines or websites without our permission. You can also publish your article on your own blog (with a link back to this website, if possible). If your article was written specifically for us, please ask future publishers, as a courtesy, to give us a credit with a link to this website.

How to Query Us

Please query first by email with an outline of your proposed article and a bit of background about you and your experience with the topic and with writing. We need to know if your article has been published elsewhere – either in print or on the web, or if you have submitted it elsewhere, or plan to do so (although that will only be a barrier to publication if a direct competitor has published it recently or will be publishing it in the near future).

If you wish to submit a photograph to accompany your article, it should be a high quality electronic file in JPG format, preferably with a horizontal orientation. Please include photo credit information. If the photograph has been taken by someone other than the writer, you should have on file a release signed by the photographer. If you are submitting photos that include recognizable individuals, you should also have their permission. We reserve the right not to include your photos if they don't fit with our layout or are not of sufficient quality.

I appreciate your interest in contributing to Life Learning and look forward to helping you share your experiences with our readers!


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