Otherways focusses on home education and aims to support, encourage and inform Australian home educators. If you are not familiar with home education, please study the magazine before submitting an article. Magazines can be purchased in our shop. If you are familiar with home education please study the magazine before submitting an article anyway to get a feel for the flavour of articles we publish.

Otherways is produced by a team of volunteers. We welcome contributions from members and non-members alike.

HEN is a secular organisation and as a general guide we lean towards natural learning (unschooling) articles but are also happy to publish good articles and resource reviews to support home educators who use a curriculum. Any topic of interest to home educators will be considered. We welcome articles from both experienced writers and newbies. If you have something important to say to other home educators but doubt that your English skills are up to it, write your article as though you are talking to a friend and, if we think what you have to say will appeal to our readers, we can tidy up your spelling and grammar for you.

We do not accept advertorials.

Editorial Deadlines:

  • February Issue: Deadline – 10th January
  • May Issue: Deadline – 31st March
  • August Issue: Deadline – 30th June
  • November Issue: Deadline – 30th September


General article length is 1,000 to 2,000 words, but we do accept longer articles if they particularly appeal to us.

We always in need of sharp, clear photos for editorial use. Regular print sizes work fine for inside the magazine. Covers require a very sharp, clear image. We prefer photos showing children and families doing everyday things, not posed educational-type shots. Please include information about the photo, including names of anyone in the pictures, and the name of the photographer.

Authors retain the copyright of their articles and are free to sell them elsewhere. By submitting an article to Otherways you grant us the right to print your article in Otherways and any Best of Otherways, Otherways Revisited or other future specials that we may publish.

Otherways Magazine is published by the Home Education Network which is a non-profit support group. All work on the magazine is done by volunteers in order to support and empower other home educators. We are unable to pay for contributions. However, we will send authors a free copy of the magazine in which their article appears.

Please send submissions via email to editor (at) home-ed (dot) vic (dot) edu (dot) au