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Submission Guidelines

  • Except in special cases, authors should be NCTE members. The NCTE blog may occasionally publish “guest posts” on current topics from nonmembers, but as a rule these will be invited by the editors for specific purposes. Nonmembers may submit proposals for guest posts, but prompt consideration cannot be guaranteed, and queries and submissions from NCTE members will be given precedence over queries and submissions from nonmembers.
  • Pieces should be between 500–800 words.
  • Tone should be conversational but professional.
  • Avoid promotion of particular products, programs, publications, or services.
  • In line with the less formal blog genre, it’s preferred that submissions not include Works Cited lists. Instead, research sources should be hyperlinked using the following format:

My students read Frederick Douglass over the summer…

  • Preference will be given to authors who have not previously published posts on the NCTE blog.
  • Preference will be given to blogs that directly relate to the work of the Council, its affiliates, and its members.

Submission Process

If you are interested in writing a piece for the Literacy & NCTE blog, we suggest submitting a pitch outlining your topic and angle (50–150 words) via email. We can then can provide feedback and direction prior to a full-post submission. Please note that writers may be encouraged to submit on proposed topics, but we are not able to guarantee publication until a post has been submitted and reviewed.

Full-post submissions should be sent as attached Word documents, and should include:

  • a title;
  • photo of 2 MB or less of the author, preferably in a setting (such as in a classroom, library, office or outside) or of content related to the blog (please note that any images of students must be accompanied by permission forms signed by guardians);
  • a 1–2 sentence biography of the author(s);
  • Author(s) Twitter handle(s), if on Twitter;
  • notation if on LinkedIn

Editorial Process

NCTE staff review all blog posts submitted for consideration, and will try when possible to let authors know within a month whether or not a post has been accepted for publication.

All pieces chosen for publication will be copyedited; occasionally a post may be returned to the author for clarification or revision.

Literacy & NCTE editors reserve the right to make editorial changes in any blog post accepted for publication to enhance clarity, conciseness, or style. The editors’ decisions are final.

Blog posts are selected for publication on the basis of a variety of criteria, including currency, clarity, and relevance to the mission and work of the Council. Sometimes, to accommodate the blog schedule, a post may be accepted but scheduled for publication later in the year. We’ll do our best to keep authors informed as to status of submissions, but authors are always welcome to email for an update on a submission.

It is the policy of NCTE in its journals, blogs, and other publications to provide a forum for the open discussion of ideas concerning the content and the teaching of English and the language arts. Publicity accorded to any particular point of view does not imply endorsement by the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, or the membership at large, except in announcements of policy, where such endorsement is clearly specified. Unless otherwise stated, all content on this blog is owned and copyrighted by NCTE. NCTE reserves the right to remove any comments from the site.

Blog Content Calendar

The Literacy & NCTE blog does not adhere to a strict content calendar; a wide variety of topics are featured throughout the year, highlighting members’ reflections about teaching and learning, in addition to posts that highlight NCTE opportunities, resources, groups, and services.

Certain topics may be given increased attention at particular times of the year, such as the following:

January: media literacy, goal setting

February: the African American Read-In, diversity in literature

March: sports literacy, gender in the classroom

April: advocacy, poetry

May: teacher appreciation, favorite professional resources, summer reading for both teachers and students, reflections on the school year

June: summer learning for teachers / students, civic engagement and literacy

July: YA literature, summer reading

August: the power of mentoring, strategies for fostering an inclusive classroom culture

September: back to school resources, Students’ Right to Read / Write, censorship

October: the National Day on Writing, digital literacy

November: the NCTE Annual Convention, family literacy and storytelling

December: books and reading, mid-year reflections on teaching and learning


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If you published or copublished a book with NCTE, you may submit a post about the book for consideration.
  2. If you are a member and have written a book that was published outside of NCTE, you may reference it within your blog and/or your bio line, but your post may not be a promotion of the book.
  3. If you are a nonmember and have written a book that was published outside of NCTE, we request that you reference your book only in your bio line.

You may submit a video as your blog. We can either link to a video currently on a hosting site like YouTube or Vimeo, or upload a video file, as long as it is not too large. We would also appreciate a transcript for closed-captioning and for printing alongside the video.

  1. If your post is by a single author, we like a photo of you, preferably in a setting, such as a classroom, library, outdoors or wherever you are comfortable. However, if you prefer not to use a photo of yourself and choose to use another picture, please feel free to share.
  2. If there are multiple authors, we will use photos of each author in the biography section. Your introductory photo can be a photo of your choice—a group shot of the authors, a classroom, etc.

Yes, you may submit photos of student work or students. If they are minors (under 18), please submit our Audio Image Video Participant Release Form signed by a guardian.