Submission tips

Submission tips for writers


The School Magazine welcomes unsolicited manuscripts. Information on how to do this is on our Writers page. 

What is the secret to a successful submission? Here are some points to consider:

  • Write for our readers: most are children between the ages of 7 and 14, and nearly all of our readers are Australian.
  • Remember that The School Magazine aims to capture and reflect the diversity and inclusivity of Australian society.
  • Our magazines are most often read in a classroom context. Carefully consider how you portray teachers, schools and controversial topics.
  • A fresh voice, or a fresh angle is likely to catch a manuscript assessor's eye.
  • First and foremost, we assess manuscripts on the basis of whether or not they'll appeal to our readers. Avoid being didactic; don't write ‘message-driven' pieces.
  • Poets: we publish a wide range of poetry. If you write traditional verse, carefully check that the rhymes and rhythms work well.
  • Playwrights: we prefer plays that make it possible for many members of a class to be involved.
  • We tend to select publication-ready work only, so take the time to polish and edit your manuscript.
  • Familiarise yourself with our magazines: see if your work will sit well within one of our titles.

Thanks for your interest in The School Magazine.

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