Writing for Learning for Justice

Learning for Justice provides several opportunities for writers to contribute freelance magazine feature stories, magazine departments, short articles and curriculum materials. All of these require simple, lively, concise writing. Please keep in mind that ours is a national audience of K–12 educators interested in social justice and anti-bias topics. We suggest that prospective writers become familiar with Learning for Justice’s style of writing and content before contacting us.

Learning for Justice accepts freelance submissions and pitches for the content types listed below (excluding pitches for short articles). Please review the guidelines specific to each content type. Send pitches to lfjsubmissions@splcenter.orgWriters will be contacted only if we would like to use a submission. Replies may take several weeks.

Thank you for your interest in writing for us!

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Learning for Justice Magazine

Feature Stories

800–1,600 words

These magazine features focus on stories and issues related to social justice and anti-bias education, and they generally appeal to classroom teachers, counselors or administrators. Magazine features are usually accompanied by sidebars containing resources, how-to steps and short profiles. Typically, writers are freelance journalists with knowledge of issues in education, or educators with experience writing for non-academic publications. We pay $1 per word. Submissions should be sent to lfjsubmissions@splcenter.org. Please put “LFJ magazine article” in the subject line when you submit. Include your name, your title, an email address and a telephone number. Also, please include a suggested headline. 

Why I Teach

600 words or less

These are personal reflections about life in the classroom, published in the recurring “Why I Teach” department of Learning for Justice magazine. Writers should be educators who have day-to-day contact with students at school. This piece should discuss strategies for supporting marginalized students, creating equity, inspiring hope, building community or developing an inclusive and safe environment. Each essay must be an original, unpublished work. Submissions should be sent to lfjsubmissions@splcenter.org. Please put “Why I Teach” in the subject line when you submit. Include your name, the name and address of your school, your title, an email address and a telephone number. Also, please include a suggested headline. 

Story Corner 

600 words

These are student-facing, illustrated short stories published in the recurring Story Corner department of Learning for Justice magazine. These stories are intended to be read aloud for students in the early grades and must cover topics that are appealing to children. They can be fiction or nonfiction. However, they must use age-appropriate vocabulary and sentence length. We pay $1 per word. Stories should be sent to lfjsubmissions@splcenter.org. Please put “Story Corner submission” in the subject line when you submit. Include your name, your title, an email address and a telephone number. Also, please include a suggested headline. 

Short Articles

500-700 words

On our website, we publish several short articles every week. These articles address teaching and education issues, especially as they relate to social justice and anti-bias education. In general, an article should be about 500 to 700 words in length and be conversational in tone. Most individual posts fall into one of four categories: (1) classroom practice or activity blogs, (2) personal reflections or anecdotes, (3) analysis of a current event through an LFJ lens, or (4) a response to an education or school policy issue. The best articles offer insights or describe practices that help other educators. They also fuel further online discussion.

Learning for Justice pays $150 apiece for published submissions. Posts should be sent to lfjsubmissions@splcenter.org. Please put “Short article submission” in the subject line when you submit. Include your name, your title, an email address and a telephone number. Also, please suggest a headline. 

Curriculum Writers

Want to contribute to Learning for Justice’s award-winning classroom resources? We regularly update the classroom resources and professional development materials on our website, and we’re looking for professional curriculum writers, K–12 teachers, counselors or administrators who are interested in contributing on a freelance basis. Please submit an up-to-date CV and writing sample to lfjeditor@splcenter.org. Put “Curriculum writer” in the subject line, and include your name, title and a telephone number.

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Welcome to Learning for Justice—Formerly Teaching Tolerance!

Our work has evolved in the last 30 years, from reducing prejudice to tackling systemic injustice. So we’ve chosen a new name that better reflects that evolution: Learning for Justice.

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