Teachers & Writers Collaborative Submission Guidelines

Teachers & Writers Magazine

Subject Matter
Teachers & Writers Magazine publishes articles for a national audience about teaching the art of writing in kindergarten through college and in non-classroom settings. In each issue we seek to present a wide range of ideas and approaches, as well as lively explorations of T&W’s mission: “educating the imagination.” Featured pieces include descriptions of innovative classroom writing exercises and curricula; articles on the teaching of specific literary forms, genres, or devices, and on inventive approaches to teaching individual authors; interviews with well-known poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, and playwrights about their work and craft; reflections on a particular literary or educational issue or theme; coverage of innovative and successful writers-in-the-schools programs and teaching practices across the country; and informal portraits of teaching artists. Articles present innovative techniques, shine a light on best practices, and offer strategies for overcoming challenges in the classroom.

Articles typically range from 2 to 10 typewritten, double-spaced pages (500 to 2,500 words). There is no limit on the length of articles submitted to Teachers & Writers Magazine; however, long articles may be significantly edited to fit available space in the magazine.

Most readers of Teachers & Writers Magazine teach writing at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary level. Teachers & Writers Magazine publishes both practical and theoretical work and looks for writing that is concise, lively, and geared toward a general audience.

Contributors receive a small honorarium, payable upon publication, and two copies of the magazine. All submissions are on spec and there is no kill fee.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) reserves the right to publish articles printed in Teachers & Writers Magazine on the organization’s website; to authorize others to reprint articles in the form in which they appeared in the magazine; and to authorize posting on websites of articles in the form in which they appeared in the magazine, with credit to T&W and a link to the T&W website. All other rights revert to the author.

Submission Format
We prefer submissions to be sent electronically, as an e-mail attachment, to editors@twc.org. We will also accept submissions mailed to: Teachers & Writers Magazine, 520 Eighth Ave., Ste. 2020, New York, NY 10018.

Sample Copies
Back issues of Teachers & Writers Magazine may be purchased for $5.00 each here or by calling 1-888-BOOKS-TW.

Types of Articles

In The Classroom: A series of articles on classroom teaching experiences and related classroom exercises, including diary-style reflections by writers-in-residence. These articles combine personal “in-the-trenches” narrative with straightforward exercises and examples of student writing. Length: 1500-2500 words.

Passwords: A series that offers innovative approaches to teaching individual (or paired) authors. Each article provides a personal history of the writer(s) and culminates in a set of writing exercises that relate to some aspect of the author’s work. Recent issues have featured articles on teaching Federico García Lorca, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jayne Cortez, and others. Length: 1500-2500 words.

The Literary Anatomy: A series that offers varied approaches to the teaching of specific literary forms, genres, or devices. Each article provides a colorful history or interpretation of the form/genre/device and discusses innovative exercises to introduce it in the classroom. Recent articles in this series have included “Squaring the Circle: Understanding and Teaching the Sestina,” “The Prose Poem: Rebel with a Clause,” and “Looking in the Broken Mirror: Teaching the Ghazal.” Length: 1500-2500 words.

Interviews: Conversations with well-known poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, and playwrights about their work and craft, as well as their thoughts on teaching creative writing. Recent interviewees have included Kevin Young, Jayne Cortez, Kimiko Hahn, Billy Collins, and Victor Hernández Cruz.

Educating the Imagination: A catch-all series that includes articles, essays, and editorials that explore T&W’s mission, “educating the imagination.” Features in the series have included Rachel DeWoskin’s “Lost and Found in Translation: Life in a Second Language,” Dana Gioia’s “Barrier of a Common Language,” Herbert Kohl’s “Stupidity and Tears: On High Stakes Testing,” and Maureen Hurley’s “McCarthy in the Classroom: On Censorship.” Length: 1500-3000 words.

Endnote: A series that features pithy, anecdotal, often humorous reflections on a particular literary or educational issue or theme. Recent endnotes have included: “The Place of Creative Nonfiction at the Dinner Table of Literature,” “You Cannot Learn What You Do Not Love: Teaching to Student Interest,” and “Pet Peeves: What’s Not to Like” (on students’ frequent use of “like”). Length: approx. 800-1000 words.

Program Profiles: Coverage of innovative and successful writers-in-the-schools programs and teaching practices across the country. We try to focus on a diversity of locations (urban, rural, East Coast, West Coast and in-between), and of participants (younger, older, in school, out-of-school, etc.).

T&W Blackboard: A place for time-sensitive material: letters to the editor, announcements, responses to posted questions, current discussions from the T&W Listserv, and other information.

Other Kinds of Articles

Surveys/Questions: With responses from a variety of sources; i.e., “Is the Workshop Working?” or “Is Teaching to Standards Effective?”

Letters to a Young Writer: Brief letters/essays by contemporary writers offering insight and advice to emerging writers.

Profiles: Portraits of inspirational writing teachers/mentors.

Brief Portraits of Teaching Artists: Lively and colorful portraits of teaching artists from around the country.

More Information

Interested authors may obtain additional information about Teachers & Writers Magazine by writing to Editors or by calling 212-691-6590.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative Books

Teachers & Writers Collaborative is not accepting book proposals at this time.