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Interested in Submitting to The Sandbox?

The Sandbox invites community literacies workers to write thought provoking, accessible, brief policy memos, reports, or essays on a timely issue within literacy learning and practice. The purpose of these papers is to provide nuanced insight into a salient issue for general audiences, creating a resource for people to use in efforts to shape literacy learning, development, and practice for the better across a wide range of contexts. We currently maintain an open call for submissions. 

If accepted and commissioned for publication, author(s) will receive an honorarium for their paper/contribution.

What Can Be Submitted

  • Critical / Scholarly Essays (800-1500 words) 
  • Opinion-Editorial / Commentary (800-1500 words)
  • Policy Memos / Reports (1-5 pages)
  • Book Reviews (750-1500 words)
  • Review Essays of 2 or More Books (1500-3000 words)
  • Literacy and Learning Narratives / Literacy Autobiographies (1000-1500 words)

Coauthored and collaborative work is more than welcome

How To Submit

Email with a brief outline of the following:


  • What You Wish To Write About
  • Why You Feel It Is a Timely Issue
  • and What Impact Your Insights May Have on Critical Issues in Literacy Learning and Practice Today.

Ready to Submit?

Fill out the form and, if your piece fits, a member of our team will reach out with next steps.

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