Thank you for your interest in sharing your experiences, your expertise, and your leadership through Exchange Press.

Your voice helps make our publication and community the vibrant and dynamic Exchange of ideas it is today.

Although we cannot offer monetary compensation to article authors, we offer mentoring support for new writers, opportunities to elevate your thought leadership through online events and conference participation, and collaboration opportunities to highlight your contributions to the field. Many of our article authors have gone on to publish books and work on successful projects that began as an Exchange magazine article.

We hope that you find what you need to write for us with confidence, however, if you have additional questions, please reach out to us at [email protected].

How to Submit to Exchange

To submit an article for consideration in our print or digital magazine, please send the following to [email protected]:

  1. Complete article draft between 1,200 – 1,800 words, not including references.
    1. Google Doc or Microsoft Word preferred
    2. note: Reference and citation accuracy is the responsibility of the author.
  2. Any image files in high-resolution PNG or JPEG format
  3. Your author photo
  4. 100-150 word bio

Important deadlines for submission

Our print magazine is published four times per year. The deadlines for each publication are as follows:

Spring Issue Article Deadline: November 1

Summer Issue Article Deadline: February 1

Fall Issue Article Deadline: May 1

Winter Issue Article Deadline: August 1

Our Selection Process

We are a small yet mighty team and appreciate your patience as we take time and care with each piece. Please note that in some production cycles, it may take more than 8-weeks for a response, but we do respond to everyone who submits work to our publication.

  • After you submit your work, you will get an email letting you know your work was received.
  • Once we review your work, we will reach out with our decision.
  • We may select your article for our mentoring program. This means that we see great potential in your article and want to support you in making some structural changes with the goal of publishing your work. If your article is selected for mentoring, you will receive an email to set up a call with our editor.
  • If your work is accepted, we will send you an author agreement to sign along with our copyright and permissions policy.
  • Once signed, you will receive an edited copy of your article to review for any major spelling errors or misinformation.
  • After the publication has launched, you will receive a PDF copy of your article along with guidance about using this PDF in professional and educational settings.
  • If your article is not selected, please do not be discouraged. We encourage you to continue submitting your work. Upon request, we can provide some high-level feedback on our decisions. Unfortunately, due to the size of our staff, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on every submission.

Publishing Priorities

We seek to publish a range of topics that help to deepen your leadership, practice, and management skills.

We are always looking for articles on the following topics.

  • Advocacy & Policy
  • Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Practice
  • Behavior & Self-Regulation
  • Classroom Design
  • Community Partnerships
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Physical & Mental Health
  • Inspiring Programs
  • Language & Literacy
  • Leadership & Management
  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • Nature & Outdoor Learning
  • Partnering with Families
  • Professional Development
  • Reimagining Our Work
  • Research & Practice
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Supporting Staff
  • Team Building
  • Technology in the Classroom

2024 Editorial Themes and Topics

This year, we will focus on the following themes in our print and digital magazine.

FALL (AUG) Article Deadline: May 1, 2024 • Community Collaborations

WINTER (NOV) Article Deadline: August 1, 2024 • Neurodiversity • Sensory Processing

2024 Digital Monthly Themes

JANUARY – Professional Development

FEBRUARY – Artistic Expression

MARCH – Financial Stability

APRIL – Conflict & Cooperation

MAY – Death, Grief, & Life Transitions

JUNE – Well-Being in ECE

JULY – Leadership & Practice

AUGUST – Community Collaboration

SEPTEMBER – Cultivating Joy & Practice

OCTOBER – Emerging Theory & Practice in ECE

NOVEMBER – Neurodiversity & Brain Development

DECEMBER – Language Diversity & Multilingual Classrooms

Style Guide Considerations

We often defer to the current version of the AP Style Guide, with a few adjustments here and there.

Below is a high-level look at our writing style guide.

  • Article Body – AP Style
  • References/Citations – APA Style
  • Book Titles – Use quotation marks. i.e. “A Can of Worms”
  • Contractions – Spell out contractions. i.e. We have, not we’ve.
    • *Use best judgment when contractions are found within a child’s quote. These are sometimes left as contractions as the quote sounds unnatural otherwise.
  • Commas – Exchange magazine uses the Oxford comma. i.e. “Exchange Press curates resources, opportunities, and stories … ”
  • Periods – Single space after a period, please.
  • Numbers –
    • Spell out zero through nine, numerals for 10 and above.
    • Ages should be shown in numeric form, even under age 10.
    • Spell out any numerical figure if it starts a sentence.
    • Spell out percent, 100 percent of the time.

Additional Guidance

  • Pre-K: Pre-K at the beginning of a sentence; pre-K within a sentence; and use a hyphen when spelling out pre-kindergarten.
  • Child Care: Child care, not childcare. *Childcare will be used if it is in the official name of a center or organization.