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Writer's Guidelines and Upcoming Themes

Thank you for your interest in writing for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine (TOS), the premier publication of The Old Schoolhouse® Company, and the nation’s trade magazine for homeschool families. If desired, you may subscribe to get a feel for the rich content The Old Schoolhouse® provides within its pages: www.theoldschoolhouse.com.

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is available, worldwide, in an open-access format via online browser and (http://TOSMagazine.com) via the free apps (http://TOSApps.com). It is also available in print format and is shipped quarterly to subscribers and is found in stores like Walgreens, Target, Barnes & Noble, Food City, Kroger, and many Christian book outlets.

As the trade magazine for homeschooling, TOS has acquired a valued reputation as the quarterly (125–150 pages) publication homeschoolers can trust. Please query us with a well-structured article proposal that includes a catchy lead, a summary of the article (including approximate length and sidebar ideas), and appropriate details. Links to clips and portfolios are of assistance as well. Here are some helpful tips for success (How to Write for TOS).

All queries and other submissions are subject to the Terms of Submission posted on our website. Queries should be submitted electronically using the forms provided on our website. Queries submitted to TOS should be written specifically for our publication. Your article must be an original article that has not been previously published elsewhere, including on your blog or website. As compensation, contributing authors will receive a cash payment, agreed upon between both parties. Maximum word count per article is 800. Your article cannot promote or sell any product. You must write about your expertise, not your product. Your biography, which will be placed beneath your article, free of charge, may promote your product, website, book, etc. With our interactive digital format, readers will have instant access to your company/website/blog via hyperlinks. You are welcome to purchase an ad that promotes your company/resources; to learn more about advertising opportunities, please contact our advertising department at sales@theoldschoolhouse.com.

Below is a list of the themes and special features for upcoming issues of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. If you would like to contribute an article about any of these topics, or if you would like to suggest additional topics that you would like to write about, please use the Query Submission button at the bottom of this page to share your ideas with the TOS editorial staff.

Upcoming Magazine Themes

Fall 2022


Publishing: September 1, 2022
Article Deadline: May 31, 2022
Advertising Deadline: June 15, 2022
Article Queries Closed

PRINT THEMES:

• Theme: Technology: STEM, STEAM, and Programming!
• Theme: Unit Studies and Science!
• Theme: Using Geneology to Teach History
• Theme: Loving Literature Throughout the School Years
• Theme: Language Arts: Reading Writing & Grammar
• Theme: What Colleges Want
• Theme: Stress-Free Homeschooling
• Theme: Holiday Freezer Meals

• Resource Guide: Gifts for Christmas - Toys that Teach
• Resource Guide: Free Resources for Programming

In this issue, you will also find articles, advertisements and/or resource areas highlighting: special needs homeschooling (some very specific), homeschool support/encouragement, Show & Tell (your experiences or picture essays), creation science, and news shorts. Research-based, stats/data-filled journalistic queries will have special consideration for publication.

BONUS DIGITAL CONTENT:

• Theme: Freezer Meals and Emergency Storage
• Theme: Teaching Life Skills
• Theme: The Accidental Homeschooler
• Theme: Starting Your Day
• Theme: Balancing Work & Homeschool Life
• Theme: Special Needs Homeschooling
Show and Tell

• Overflow from Print: Additional articles from STEM, Unit Studies, Genealogy, Literature, Language Arts, Stress Free, and Colleges
• Resource Guide: Homeschool Helps

Winter 2022-2023


Publishing: December 1, 2022
Article Deadline: August 31, 2022
Advertising Deadline: September 15, 2022
Article Queries Closed

PRINT THEMES:

• Theme: Why Art is Important
• Theme: Teaching Reluctant Readers
• Theme: Self-Sufficiency and Homeschooling
• Theme: Classical Christian Education
• Theme: History from a Christian Worldview
• Theme: Trade Careers
• Theme: Homeschoolers Who Blog

• Resource Guide: Amazing Arithmetic: Math Resources for the Whole Family
• Resource Guide: Best Homeschooling Resources for All Subjects

In this issue, you will also find articles, advertisements and/or resource areas highlighting: special needs homeschooling (some very specific), homeschool support/encouragement, Show & Tell (your experiences or picture essays), creation science, and news shorts. Research-based, stats/data-filled journalistic queries will have special consideration for publication.

BONUS DIGITAL CONTENT:

• Theme: Teaching Multiple Grades
• Theme: Healthy Living (includes healthy technology use)
• Theme: Midyear Perseverance
• Theme: Being a Parent
• Theme: Homeschoolers & Adoption
• Theme: Teaching Morality
• Theme: Why I Homeschool
• Theme: Schoolhouse Ambassadors

• Overflow from Print: Additional articles from Reluctant Readers, Genealogy, HS Bloggers
• Resource Guide: Homeschool Helps

Spring 2023


Publishing: March 1, 2023
Article Deadline: November 30, 2022
Advertising Deadline: December 15, 2022

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• Theme: Teach Your Kids About Finance and Investing
• Theme: Take Your Lessons Outdoors
• Theme: Evolution of War
• Theme: Spiritual Warfare
• Theme: Missionary Stories
• Theme: Historical Fiction
• Theme: Media Literacy
• Theme: Making Money Doing What You Love
• Theme: How Does Your Garden Grow
• Theme: Unusual Pets
• Theme: Homeschool Support
• Theme: Preparing Kids to Succeed In School, Work and Life
• Theme: Special Needs Homeschooling

• Resource Guide: Science and Technology
• Resource Guide: Math Resources for All Ages

In this issue, you will also find articles, advertisements and/or resource areas highlighting: special needs homeschooling (some very specific), homeschool support/encouragement, Show & Tell (your experiences or picture essays), creation science, and news shorts. Research-based, stats/data-filled journalistic queries will have special consideration for publication.

Summer 2023


Publishing: June 1, 2023
Article Deadline: February 28, 2023
Advertising Deadline: March 15, 2023
Article Queries Closed

PRINT THEMES:

• Theme: Chefs in the House: Kids Who Cook
• Theme: Music and Art Made Easy
• Theme: Homeschooling Through Hard Times
• Theme: History is Everywhere
• Theme: Writing and Grammar
• Theme: Women in Science
• Theme: Choosing Books Wisely
• Theme: Fun and Educational Field Trips

• Resource Guide: Celebrating Music and Art
• Resource Guide: Back to School: Planning, Curriculum, Supplies

In this issue, you will also find articles, advertisements and/or resource areas highlighting: special needs homeschooling (some very specific), homeschool support/encouragement, Show & Tell (your experiences or picture essays), creation science, and news shorts. Research-based, stats/data-filled journalistic queries will have special consideration for publication.

BONUS DIGITAL CONTENT:

• BONUS articles from above themes
• Theme: Why Homeschoolers Do Well in Life
• Resource Guide: Homeschool Helps

Fall 2023


Publishing: September 1, 2023
Article Deadline: May 31, 2023
Advertising Deadline: June 15, 2023
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We will acknowledge receipt of your query within 45 days and decide to accept or decline the proposed article as quickly as possible. The review process normally takes between four and six weeks but may take longer at times. Our editors will contact you if we decide to accept a queried article. Publication of accepted materials may take from three months to more than a year, based on our needs and publication schedule. Terms of publication vary based on article length and content. At TOS, we slate authors’ works for future issues far in advance of the publishing date. Therefore, if you are interested in submitting a query, please do so immediately so that it may be carefully reviewed and considered prior to upcoming submission deadlines. Click here to submit a query.

Thank you for your interest. The production staff at The Old Schoolhouse® looks forward to reading your query!

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