Free Learn Free unschooling magazine: Submission Information
We are looking for parents and children
involved in unschooling to contribute material to the magazine. Live Free Learn Free strives to
bring natural learning families together by publishing articles, stories, projects, poems, letters,
reviews, and other items written by home/unschooling parents and children, as well as candid photos of
kids and families enjoying life. All content (except the introduction to each issue) is written by Live
Free Learn Free readers.
You don't have to be a professional writer to
be published in Live Free Learn Free – just an unschooler!
November/December Issue: Thursday, September 27, 2007
We’d like to receive, on an ongoing
basis, articles or letters about what works (or doesn’t work) for you as natural learners, as well
as glimpses into the days and ways of an unschooling family. This is a recurring section of the
magazine, so tell us what it means to you to be an unschooler! What obstacles have you encountered? What
advantages have you discovered? This area of the magazine has a very broad focus, so tell us what's on
your mind! For those who need a bit more inspiration, here are a few topics we'd like to cover in this
and upcoming issues:
- Joys of unschooling
- Unschooling the special needs child
- Rural unschooling
- Support groups
- Defining "success"
- "Later" readers
- Role of technology
- Activism and unschooling
- Math anxiety
- When kids want to try school
- Unschooling teens
- Using community college
- Traveling and unschooling
- Single parents unschooling
- Using the community
- Unschooling shy children
- Unschooling through rough
- Jobs/work for kids
- Unschooling religion
- Unschooling the only child
- Labels (ADHD, LD, Etc.)
- When spouses disagree about
- Unschooling on the cheap
- History without textbooks
- Both parents working
- Dealing with criticisms of
- Deschooling for parents
- Reporting to school
- Anything else you can think
This section of each issue focuses on
unschooling and homeschooling groups, authors and conferences, as well as nonprofits or other
opportunities for unschoolers. Articles or interviews with teens and grown unschoolers would be
appropriate here, as well.
This section of the magazine features a
project or activity. This list is by no means complete. If you know how to do something fun, share it
with the unschooling world!
Building a bat
Sewing / knitting /
crocheting for kids
The basics of music
Making board / dice /
Tie dye or tea
Building a fairy
Making and playing with
a mobius strip
Discovering local /
Going on a nature
We're now publishing summaries and reviews of
unique, engaging resources for unschoolers. Your review could be featured in the resources section of
our website and/or in the pages of Live Free Learn Free!
We're always looking for candid photos of
home/unschooling in action! If you'd like your photo to be considered for the magazine's cover, please
send it as high-res as possible. The magazine is 7"x8½", so cover photos work best when
they are at least 7½"x9" at 300 dpi. Interior photos should be at least half
that size and 300 dpi. Because .jpgs are usually the easiest to send through email, this is the file
format we recommend. And remember, when it comes to photos, bigger is always better!
Please send all material in the body of an
email or in an attached Word document to the editor. Hard copies of contributions
may also be sent to our physical address for those without Internet access:
Live Free Learn Free
Cedar Park, TX 78613
There is no requirement for word length.
Simply say what you have to say. If a submission is extremely long, we may ask you to edit for length.
Though we do not edit for content, if your submission is selected for publication, it may be necessary
to edit for clarity or style. If this is the case, we will contact you and allow you to review all
Please include a short biography if you'd
like one to accompany your contribution. At the discretion of the editor, we can
include contact information such as email addresses and websites in the biographies.
Remember to include photographs if you would
like them to accompany your article. If no photographs are submitted (or if submitted photographs won't
work, for one reason or another), other photos may run with your article. Please see above for photo
If you would prefer that we print your
submission anonymously, just let us know.
Though we strive to print as much as
possible, unfortunately not every contribution will make it into Live Free Learn Free.
There is no monetary payment for
contributors; however, each contributing writer will receive a free six-month (three issue) subscription
to the magazine (including a copy of the issue in which their submission appears). At this time, the
six-month subscription does not apply to photographers or those who contribute reviews of resources;
however, if your photograph or review is selected for inclusion in Live Free Learn Free, you
will receive a copy of the issue in which it appears.
The author will retain all rights to the
contribution, granting Live Free Learn Free permission to print the contribution in the
magazine and in compilations, as well as permission for the contribution to be displayed on the Live
Free Learn Free website at any time. If, for any reason, the magazine would like to use the
contribution in any other way, the author will be contacted and permission will be requested.