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 and in non-classroom settings. The online magazine presents a wide range of ideas and approaches, as well as lively explorations of T&W’s mission: “educating the imagination.”



Most readers of Teachers & Writers Magazine teach writing to young people or adults within or outside formal education settings. The magazine publishes both practical and theoretical work and the editors look for writing that is concise, lively, and geared toward a general audience. Sample content from the previous print version of the magazine may be found at www.twc.org/magazine/samples.



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. 

Educating the Imagination
Articles, essays, editorials, and meditations that explore T&W’s mission, “educating the imagination,” tackle current issues and concerns in arts education, and/or advocate for the value of literary arts education. (1,500–3,000 words) 

The Teaching Artist Voice
A place for teaching artists—writers and other working artists who teach at K–12 schools and community sites—to contribute personal essays discussing any and all aspects of their work, sharing ideas, frustrations, revelations, humor, struggles, and successes. (500–1,500 words) 

“In the Classroom” Exercises/Lesson Plans
Innovative lessons/ideas for teaching creative writing, presented in clear, lively prose. “In the Classroom” 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 in print and online from the student (if 18 or older) or from a parent/guardian (if the student is under 18).] (1,000 to 3,000 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. (2,000 to 4,000 words) 

Student Voices
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, as well as photos, audio, and video of students reading their work. [Note: Submissions should include signed permission for use of the material in print or online 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.)


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,
  • A brief (500 word maximum) description of the proposed article,
  • The anticipated audience for the submission (e.g., teaching artists, K-12 teachers), and
  • The author's existing marketing streams (e.g. social media platforms).

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.