Submission Guidelines

Freelance writers who would like to submit articles, blog posts, and other forms of content to Prison Education News should adhere to the following submission guidelines:

Quality

Prison Education News only publishes the highest quality work.  This doesn’t mean that submissions must be academic or contain dozens of sources, but all submissions should be of a publishable quality.  And they must be the original work of the author.  PrisonEducation.com has a strict anti-plagarism policy.

While some other prison education websites and publications only publish works by prison educators or prison administrators, we at PrisonEducation.com strive to be open and accessible to all stakeholders in the correctional education transaction.  This means that we publish articles, blog posts, and other forms of content by prison educators, inmate tutors, prison administrators, correctional education researchers, incarcerated students, and anyone else who has something important to say, as long as they can do so in a professional manner, of a publishable quality, and of interest to our readership.

Length

Articles should be a minimum of 500 words, with a target of 750-1,500 words.  Longer articles are regularly accepted and published, even if in the 1,500 to 2,500 word range, especially if thoroughly researched.

Slant

As our name hints, we are stout supporters of educational opportunities inside America’s prisons.  With this in mind, we only publish articles that advocate for enhanced funding for expanded prison education programming.  This does not preclude articles about program closings or negative legislative actions, but does preclude articles which argue against educating prisoners.  After all, our purpose is to promote prison education, not to hinder its growth.

Types of Content

Prison Education News is open to a variety of content types and forms.  This includes articles, essays, research papers, profiles of in-prison or correspondence education programs, book reviews, book excerpts, infographics, and more.  With the exception of essays, submissions should be in the third-person writing style as this tends to result in a more professional, polished, and objective piece of writing.

We at PrisonEducation.com like to think of ourselves as an inventive sort who are not afraid of new forms.  As such, we’re open to reviewing submissions which break the mold — to a point.  Articles should always be drafted with the end user (i.e., the reader) in mind.  If the piece of writing provides value to our readers, we’ll seriously consider the submission.

At the moment, we’re particularly interested in news articles about prison education and profiles of in-prison programs.

Sources

While we do not require submissions to be sourced, we do prefer for them to be.  Whenever a statistic or quote is used, there should be a source citation.  This could be in the form of endnotes or in-text citations.  We’re fairly open with how sources are cited, but when they need to be, they must be present.

As a general note, we find that thoroughly-researched articles and papers tend to have greater staying power and a higher probability of going viral.  Several of our top articles each month are more researched ones which have been published months ago.  This shows the true value of this form of writing and enhances writer’s chances of being published.

Media Submissions

PrisonEducation.com regularly publishes media items with our articles.  We find that having a photo, video, or audio file helps our readers delve further into the topic at hand.  As such, media submissions are strongly encouraged.  We are also open to reviewing infographics for possible publication.

Reprints

From time to time Prison Education News publishes article reprints.  Only highly relevant and useful articles make the cut when we are considering reprints.  Authors who have published an article elsewhere, and believe that it would be a good fit for PrisonEducation.com, should email us a copy of the previously published article for review.

Book Authors

At this current juncture, PrisonEducation.com is looking to partner with book authors who have published books about prison education topics.  We’re very interested in serializing inmate education texts that our readership would find of value and interest.  Authors of books about prison education that are interested in potential serialization should contact us to discuss available options.  This is a great way for authors to utilize existing materials to further their promotional efforts and reach.

Ideas for Submissions

At this current time we are very interested in receiving news articles, profiles of in-prison and correspondence education programs, and other thoroughly researched submissions.  We’re always interested in receiving book reviews about prison education texts, recently published or not.

How to Submit

Writers interested in submitting content to PrisonEducation.com or Prison Education News should go to our Contact Us page and email the submission.  We are open to receiving both queries and unsolicited submissions at this time.  Correspondence is responded to in a timely manner.