Share your Story

Whether you've only just decided to do life without school or have been doing it for decades, we'd love to hear from you!

(Life without school is pretty darn awesome, but we know it's not always a walk in the park.)

We're all about the real, the raw and the honest.

The Mulberry Journal is a website dedicated to helping home educating parents' find their voice, share their perspective and encourage other like-minded families.

What we're looking for.

We are founded in Australia, but we publish writing from all over the world. 

Contributors in our writing collective and resources archive must be aged 16 years +

Our Young Writers can be anywhere from 5-15 years old.

Submission formats we accept:

We accept stories in Microsoft Word .doc and .docx only. Please proofread your story before you send it. Word count guide: 600 - 800 words.

Images (landscape preferred) can be minimum 1500 px wide, clear and well-lit. Find out how to check your image sizes here.

If you're sending multiple (no more than 15 please!) upload to Dropbox or Google Drive and share the link with us.

We are looking for writers who write sincerely, and from the heart. That doesn't mean you can't be colloquial, funny and cheeky if you like. But we want you to be real. Just be yourself.

Even though home educating is a still a huge minority, we are a community with a range of opinions and beliefs under this umbrella: from structured school at home, to unschooling, adopting Steiner, Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason and Classical approaches. Don't try to force your beliefs on others, or tout your way as 'the best'. 

Neither should you aim to please everyone. Just tell us YOUR story, how YOUR family does it, and why you LOVE that way (most of the time. No way is perfect, right?)

If you're looking for topic inspiration you can write:

  • How you decided to homeschool
  • Something you've been learning about lately
  • A hot topic or contentious debate in the homeschooling sphere
  • Something to encourage other mums personally
  • Reflections on a particular homeschooling stage (eg. teenagers)

Things to note:

We will get back to you within 14 days to acknowledge we've received your submission. We'll then spend time reviewing it and our editorial schedule, and will let you know if we'd like to publish it and when.

We can re-publish work you've already published on your blog. Just email us the link to the post when you submit your contribution.

All contributors are currently unpaid (as all content on The Mulberry Journal is provided for free) but we will always hyperlink to your blog and your social media accounts and share with our audience of 6K.

How to submit your writing.

Please email us first to introduce yourself and share your story ideas:

1. Articles

Once we've approved your idea over email, click on the
link below to fill in the online form by the deadline. You'll be asked to submit your copy and photographs as well as a brief bio and square headshot.

2. Interviews

If you'd like to be interviewed as a homeschooling family, Featured Instagrammer or Homeschool Graduate, please email us first to touch base, and share your Instagram/Facebook and blog if you have one.

3. Does your company provide resources for homeschooling families?
We'd love you to share your knowledge and passion.
Got questions?

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