Writer guidelines for Home Education Magazine

Writer Guidelines 2012

Mailing Address:
Home Education Magazine
Post Office Box 1083
Tonasket, WA 98855

Home Education Magazine is an award-winning publication for homeschooling families, or for anyone who enjoys living and learning. If you’re not familiar with homeschooling, please study our publication before submitting. If you are familiar with homeschooling, you might want to study it anyway, as our primary focus is unschooling, and we take an active political stance for empowering families.

The sample issue is available free, in digital format.

For information about subscribing please visit our site. http://homeedmag.com

DEADLINES, EDITORIAL CALENDAR

Please feel free to submit an article on any topic at any time, and we’ll schedule it appropriately. Please note that articles are usually selected four to six months ahead of our current issue. We do not publish or conform to an editorial calendar, preferring to select the best articles submitted at any given time. Replies to queries and submissions can take up to two months, but you will receive an email response letting you know your submission has been received.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES AND SUGGESTIONS

Submissions via email are the preferred format; please send to articles-at-homeedmag.com, or use or Contact Form.

Please include the article in the body of your email and also attach the article saved as a Word file, along with your name, postal mailing address (where we can send payment and a copy of the magazine if your article is accepted), phone number, and a 60 to 100 word credit and biographical sketch. If you prefer, we can run only your name and state. We will also accept pen names.

We do accept typed or handwritten query letters (not articles), which you can mail to Home Education Magazine, Post Office Box 1083, Tonasket, WA 98855-1083. When submitting queries via postal mail, please remember to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, a stamped reply postcard, or an email address for reply.

General article length is 900 to 1,700 words, but we do occasionally accept longer articles. We prefer completed articles to query letters. Unless your query is clearly not about homeschooling, you will be asked to submit the completed article. Samples of previously published material are not necessary.

Any topic of interest to homeschoolers will be considered. Please be aware that we have the most widely diverse readership in the homeschooling community, and our content reflects that diversity. We do not run articles that preach to homeschoolers from an “expert” perspective nor are we looking for articles that bash the public school system. We prefer articles that outline a problem your family has faced and solved (solving is necessary), stories about successful learning adventures, information that will help other homeschoolers (college application, cooperative classes), project-oriented articles with specific suggestions for readers to follow, musings on life as a homeschooler, new developments in the homeschool community, articles from a particular perspective (single-parent, dad, grandparent) or any other topic that encourages or gives fresh, new ideas.

We welcome articles from inexperienced writers, especially mothers with homeschooling experience. Regardless of what you were taught in high school English classes, writing is nothing particularly mysterious. It’s only another form of communication. If you can clearly explain your ideas to a friend, you can write a good article for our magazine. Our voice is from homeschoolers to homeschoolers, so you don’t need to be an education expert or an English major to write for us.

Your article must hook the reader from the beginning. If we’ve read the same thing a thousand times on the Internet, we don’t want to read it in a magazine. Your writing must be clear, interesting and concise. Decide on a topic and stay with that topic. We get lots of “here’s how homeschooling looks in my family” articles. We love the topic, but we can only take the best of those and even some good articles are returned to their authors just because we receive too many on that topic. Find a way to say it that will make our readers want to savor every word.

If your article is not accepted, don’t take it personally. We have many reasons why we can’t take every article. Try submitting to us again with another article.

We do not run press releases disguised as articles. For advertising rates and specifications contact publisher-at-homeedmag.com, or use or Contact Form.

PHOTOS

We always need sharp, clear photos for inside editorial use. Regular color or B/W print sizes work fine for inside use (images are printed at 200 dpi, 100 lpi). Covers (133 lpi, 300 dpi) require a very sharp, clear image. Color enlargements are best (8″ x 10″ minimum), but please send an image for review first. We prefer photos showing children and families doing everyday things, not necessarily posed educational-type shots. We advise studying our magazine before attempting photo submissions. Please include information about the photo, including names of anyone in the pictures, and the name of the photographer for credit. Please make sure photos are clearly marked with your name so if they become separated we can still tell whose they are. Also include a SASE with sufficient postage for the return of your photos. This should be a separate SASE from the SASE or postcard you send for return of your article or editorial response. Electronic submissions of photos are accepted. Please arrange to send low resolution (72 dpi) for review. If your low resolution image is accepted, you can send the full-sized version at the resolutions noted above for inside and cover photos. For more information write to Mark Hegener at publisher-at-homeedmag.com, or use or Contact Form.

RIGHTS

Home Education Magazine buys First North American Serial Rights (print and electronic) to all original and unpublished articles, columns, artwork and photos, and we make our content available to our partner sites (American Homeschool Association, Unschooling.com, and others), with your byline included and with credit to HEM for reprints (i.e., “Originally published in Home Education Magazine, month/year”). We upload selected articles and columns from each issue to our website. Rights purchased include our right to reproduce your work, in whole or in part, in CD-ROM format as well as in any other formats of Home Education Magazine in which your work appears, or in an anthology or collection of articles, columns, artwork and photos which have appeared in Home Education Magazine. All material purchased become the sole property of Home Education Magazine to be use as indicated here.

PAYMENT

We pay $50.00-$100.00 each for feature articles. We occasionally pay more for articles we’ve requested or for articles which require special expenses or considerations. For photos for inside use, we pay $10.00 each. For cover color photos, we pay $100.00 each. Contributors receive one free copy of the issue in which their work appears.

ADDRESSES

Please address all query letters, articles, photos and other submissions to articles-at-homeedmag.co.

For subscription problems or other questions please email orders-at-homeedmag.com, or use or our Contact Form.

Due to our workload and travel schedules, we prefer email to all other forms of communication.

The sample issue is available free, in digital format.

Last updated June, 2012.

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