School Library Journal Content Submission Guidelines
School Library Journal welcomes submissions and pitches for feature articles, news, opinion pieces, and product reviews for publication in the print magazine, on slj.com, and on thedigitalshift.com.
If you have an article proposal, please submit a summary of 400 words or less to Sarah Bayliss, associate editor of news and features (email@example.com). The proposal should clearly state the main thrust and details of your idea. Before hitting “send,” please familiarize yourself with existing School Library Journal content to ensure that you are breaking new ground and/or have a fresh, useful opinion on a topic that is relevant to our readers. Please be as specific as possible—we like to back up ideas with relevant data, and our audience is always looking for new ideas.
We welcome rigorous thinking, but School Library Journal is not an academic publication. If you have written an academic paper or have completed an in-depth survey or study, you may send it to us for possible news coverage. Alternately, if you would like to condense and modify your material to suit our audience, please demonstrate how you plan to do that. Our feature articles only rarely exceed 2,500 words; opinion pieces are generally 600-700 words; and the length of news articles varies depending on the topic covered. Finally, be sure to include your name, location, and affiliation.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing what you have to say!