We publish stories and articles from families who empower their children and teens to live a life rich with self-directed experimentation, thought and action. Whether you are new to this lifestyle or experienced, whether your child/teen chooses to play all day or attend school (yes! self-directed people sometimes choose school!), we would love to read your story. We are also interested in stories of parents in such families who are learning, reinventing and unschooling themselves in the midst of family life.
We welcome a diverse range of people, families and experiences. If you have a story to tell that is not within the suggested list below, send us an email with your idea. We’d love to hear about it.
We will pay you for each article/story we print and for each of your photos we use. See our writer’s guidelines for more submission information and payment rates.
We are currently in search of your experience, insight and wisdom in the following areas:
We want to hear about the fresh, bright ways your family is learning and exploring the world together. Tell us about the ways you have successfully dealt with challenges in your family, ranging from divorce and illness, sibling or familial conflict, boredom, learning challenges, nay saying friends and relatives and more.
- Tell us how you have learned to maneuver the challenges of letting go of control and honor your child’s inner compass.
- How do you live harmoniously with video games and television?
- Tell us about your special child or teen, or ask them to tell us: how have their unique drives, passions and interests led them to something exciting, revolutionary, inventive… earth-shattering in some way?
- Do you have an unschooled child or teen who has chosen to attend school? Tell us about the journey.
- Has your child or teen left a school environment and become an unschooler? Tell us about the transition.
- Has your child or teen (or your family) started a business that has been an extraordinary experience?
- Are you a grandparent who is unschooling or homeschooling your grandchild(ren)? Tell us about it!
- Are you a teen or young adult who has chosen to continue self-educating and not attend or aspire to college?
- Do you have an unschooled teen who chose college?
- What have you learned from your child or teen as they have blossomed and taken charge of their education, their world?
Writer Guidelines for Home Education Magazine
Home Education Magazine is an award-winning publication for unschooling families, or for anyone who enjoys living and learning. If you’re not familiar with unschooling, please read some of the Featured Articles available on our website, unschooling.com.
To subscribe, visit our subscription page on our website.
DEADLINES, EDITORIAL CALENDAR
Please feel free to submit an article at any time, and we’ll schedule it appropriately. Please note that articles are often 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 will be made as soon as possible but can take several weeks.
Submissions via email are the preferred format; please send to editor-at-homeedmag.com, or use our Contact Form.
Please include the article in the body of your email and, if possible, also attach the article as an RTF 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 short bio. We will also accept pen names if your subject matter is intimate, deeply personal or will otherwise compromise your comfort level.
General article length is 2000 words, but we do occasionally accept longer or shorter articles.
We welcome articles from inexperienced writers, especially mothers with unschooling 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 unschoolers to unschoolers, so you don’t need to be an education expert or an English major to write for us. We can also assist you with your writing if we love the topic you are wanting to write about.
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 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 300 dpi). Covers (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 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. Electronic submissions of photos are recommended. 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.
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 used as indicated here.
We pay $100 each for feature articles. For photos for inside use, we pay $10 each. For cover color photos, we pay $100 each. Contributors receive one free copy of the issue in which their article appears.
Please address all query letters, articles, photos and other submissions to articles-at-homeedmag.com.
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.