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Writers' Guidelines

Contribute to Life Learning Magazine

Here are guidelines for those considering contributing articles to Life Learning. Please read them carefully and browse the articles on this website prior to contacting us.

Who We Are

Life Learning was founded in 2002 to publish articles for and from the international community of people living and learning without school (and without schoolish practices). 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

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

  • your perspective about why you have chosen a school-free lifestyle;

  • 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;

  • your personal experience with self-directed learning for yourself and/or your children, and with trusting children to learn without school;

  • articles addressing specific concerns that people have about life learning: socialization, abandonment of public schools, use of technology; ability to learn without being taught, etc.;

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

Please do not let these suggestions limit you; if you have a specific article idea, discuss it with us! However, please note that we do not accept articles designed to promote products, services, or businesses; please contact the publisher for information and costs regarding advertising or sponsored links.

Our Style

Life Learning Magazine 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 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 Africa, India, South America, Japan, and many other places around the world. Therefore, articles should not focus on any one country/region or on political/legal 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, consistency, and other issues in tune with our editorial style (including gender neutrality and American English spelling).

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, and feature your photo and bio on our contributors page.We also barter for advertising.

We require your permission to publish the article on this website, in annual article compilations, at our and Natural Parenting Today websites, 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). Do not contact us until you have a specific article idea that you can outline for us in your query; we will not supply you with a suggested topic.

If you wish to submit a photograph to accompany your article, it should be a high quality electronic file in JPG format, with a horizontal orientation and at least 600 pixels wide. Please do not send photos you have downloaded from the Internet without the photographer's permission and, if applicable, licensing rights. Please include photo credit information. If the photograph has been taken by someone other than your, 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 size or quality.

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

Wendy Priesnitz, Editor

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