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Back to College® is a news and information resource for adult re-entry students pursuing professional development or an advanced degree.

We feature articles that address issues of importance to the older student: obtaining financial aid, on campus and online education, finding the right program, graduate school, or attaining academic excellence (study skills and success strategies). Career management and articles on successful transition are appreciated. We are especially looking for stories on the re-entry student experience. Articles may be anecdotal, or include examples and resources where readers can obtain more information (Web resources are desirable for an online publication.)

See Feature Articles to familiarize yourself with our publication before submission, and to see what topics have been addressed.

Depending on our publishing schedule, it may take 30 - 90 days to notify of article acceptance. (Please note that we can only notify you if your work is selected.) Simultaneous submissions are okay; just contact us if article is accepted by another publication. No phone calls please.

We also have topical articles on assignment available and are looking for writers for our Ask the Experts forum. Contact us using the form below and specify your interest.

Feature Articles: Payment is $55+ for original feature articles ($27.50+ for reprints and derivatives), approximately 1,000 - 1,500+ words in length (compensation is determined by depth). Payment is rendered by check or PayPal 30 days after publication and receipt of invoice. (You can choose method of payment. Payment by check involves a $5 administrative and mailing fee).

Please note: Articles will not be accepted for payment if they may be considered promotional in nature, provide information about a Web site, product, or service, or are written for SEO purposes.

Feature articles must be submitted in electronic form through our online form (below). Please do not send manuscripts through the mail, as an electronic attachment to an email (i.e. Microsoft Word file), fax, or on computer media (CDs).

Publishing Terms and Conditions
By submitting articles for publication on Back to College®, you grant WD Communications LLC exclusive first-serial rights to the articles for one year, with non-exclusive serial rights thereafter (including the right to archive the article online on an indefinite basis), and the world-wide, royalty free and non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, publish, and incorporate the article (in whole or in part) in any ancilliary or subsidiary product or reprint.

By submitting an article, you represent that you are its sole author or creator, or that you are submitting it with the permission of its author or creator who has agreed to these terms and conditions. You also grant WD Communications LLC permission to publish your photo in any publication or Web site in relation to your article. WD Communications LLC reserves the right to edit articles for grammar and style. Author will receive a byline and photo with a short summary of biographical information.

For best consideration, send the article itself. We believe the subject of the article isn’t as important as how it's presented. Queries alone must include two writing samples or viewable reference to prior published works, and specific details on the proposed article. We ask this to see your writing ability and to have clear information regarding the article idea for publication.

Writers may submit to the editor by using the online form below. Before submission, check article for factual correctness, style and content. Articles need to be original, concise and professional and include a short biography and color digital photo of the author (see below.)

Article Submission Form

Full name:
Method of Payment Preferred:  Check ($5 administrative fee)   PayPal     
Email address (for PayPal):
Postal address (no post office boxes):
Web site URL: (if applicable)
Do you own the copyright to this article?
Do you grant permission for your article and photograph to be Included on WD Communication LLC's website(s) and any place WD Communication LLC's content is carried?
Where did you hear about us?:
Article word count (see guidelines above):
Proposed article title:
Paste full article or query letter below:
If article is a reprint, when and where was it published? (Internet or print publishing):
Please include a short summary of biographical information to be placed at end of the article (50 words or less):

*Upload Digital Photo (*Required.) Photo must be a color headshot of the author (no group or other photos), in .jpg or .gif format, with a maximum file size of 75KB. If the digital file is too large for submission, you will receive an error message. Click Browse/Choose File to upload.

Check if interested in an article on assignment or to be featured as an expert in the Ask the Experts forum. (Please add any other relevant information below.)

I have read and agree to the above Publishing Terms and Conditions.


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