The Second Draft - Guidelines for Contributors

We welcome unsolicited contributions to The Second Draft. Our goals include providing a forum for sharing ideas and providing information that will be helpful to both experienced and novice instructors.

Content of submissions

We encourage authors to review recent issues of The Second Draft to determine whether potential submissions are consistent with the type of contribution expected, and with the format and style used. Submissions should be written expressly for The Second Draft, but we will consider submissions that explore an aspect of a work in progress that eventually will be published elsewhere. The ideal length for submissions for a "theme" issue is approximately 650 words. Longer articles will be considered if their content is particularly newsworthy or informative.


The deadline for submissions will be announced in each issue of The Second Draft.


Submission Deadline

Publication Date


July 15





Form of submissions

Please send your submission electronically by attaching your submission to an e-mail and sending the e-mail to Submissions should be in Microsoft word. Please include your, name, school, address (including city, state, and zip code), e-mail address, and telephone number at the top of your submission.


Review and publication

Submissions are reviewed by the editors. One of the editors will notify the author of the article's acceptance, rejection, or a conditional acceptance pending revision. The initial review process will generally take approximately four weeks. Articles that require extensive editing will be returned to their authors with suggestions, and their publication may be delayed. If an article is accepted, it may be further edited for length, clarity, or consistency of style.