Teachers & Writers Magazine Submission Guidelines

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) publishes Teachers & Writers Magazine as a resource for teaching the art of writing in kindergarten through college, as well as in non-classroom settings. The online magazine presents a wide range of ideas, approaches, and explorations related to T&W’s mission: “educating the imagination.”


Most readers of Teachers & Writers Magazine teach writing to young people or adults in either classroom or community settings. The magazine publishes both practical and theoretical work and the editors look for writing that is vivid, concise, and geared toward a general audience. Sample content from the previous print version of the magazine may be found here.


Contributors to Teachers & Writers Magazine receive a small honorarium, payable upon publication. All submissions are on spec and there is no kill fee.


T&W reserves the right:

  • To publish articles accepted for Teachers & Writers Magazine in other T&W digital or print publications;
  • To authorize others to reprint articles in the form in which they appeared in the magazine; and
  • To authorize posting on non-T&W websites of articles in the form in which they appeared in the magazine, with credit to T&W and links to the magazine and T&W websites.

All other rights revert to the author.

Types of Articles

The Teachers & Writers Magazine Editorial Board welcomes submissions related to the following magazine sections.

Lesson Plans

Innovative lessons/ideas for teaching creative writing, presented in clear, lively prose. Submissions should provide sufficient detail (e.g., resources needed, texts that might be used as models) to enable a reader to teach the lesson without having to refer to other sources. When possible, lesson plan submissions should try to "paint a picture" of the atmosphere in the classroom when the lesson was taught (including excerpts of class discussions, student questions and responses, difficulties and surprises, etc.) as well as samples of student writing resulting from the lesson[Note: Submissions should include signed permission for use of student writing from the student (if 18 or older) or from a parent/guardian (if the student is under 18).] (500 to 2,500 words)


Conversations with:

  • Poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, and playwrights about their work and craft, as well as their thoughts on creative writing education, or
  • Individuals from other fields about the impact of the arts on their lives and why they believe arts education is important. (1,500 to 3,000 words)

Student Writing

To celebrate the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities, Teachers & Writers Magazine will publish student writing submitted by teachers/teaching artists, as well as photos, audio, and video of students reading or discussing their work. [Note: Submissions should include signed permission for use of the material from the student (if 18 or older) or from a parent/guardian (if the student is under 18).] (Up to five pieces of exceptional student work.)

The Art of Teaching Writing

Articles, essays, editorials, and meditations on T&W’s mission, “educating the imagination.” Submissions may address current issues and concerns in arts education, advocate for the value of literary arts education, or provide glimpses into the joys, struggles, and successes of teaching creative writing both within and outside formal education settings. (1,000-2,500 words)

Submitting to Teachers & Writers Magazine

The initial approach to Teachers & Writers Magazine should be an e-mail query that specifies:

  • The intended section for the proposed submission, and
  • A brief (500 word maximum) description of the proposed article.

E-mail queries should be sent to editors@twc.org. Please include the name of the section for which the submission is intended in the e-mail subject line.

If a submission is requested after the Editorial Board reviews a query, the submission should be

in Word format. Photos should be in .jpg format. Submissions must be sent via e-mail to editors@twc.org. Submissions will not be accepted via mail or fax.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines and Teachers & Writers Magazine should be directed to editors@twc.org, 212-691-6950.