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Each month on this page I exercise my prerogative as editor to share nay thoughts about the theme that is being emphasized in that particular issue. Because SchoolArts believes that crafts experience is one of the most important areas in an art education program, a crafts-related theme is featured in one or more issues each year. This month, the excellent articles about pottery, ceramic sculpture, jewelry, leather and other crafts will be allowed to speak directly about the expressive and informing power of the crafts.

Instead of extolling the joys of clay oozing through one's fingers, let me tell this time of the lesser, but also rewarding, process of editing a magazine, in the hopes that some light may be shed on this mysterious process that, like a craft, involves processes of selecting, composing, critical thinking, and a smidgen of creativity. Among the thousands of readers of this issue are many hundreds of you who have taken the time to craft an article describing a successful art experience, or sharing an insight about the teaching process. Each issue includes writings and images contributed by fifteen to twenty of our art educators/authors. In addition to those whose work is published, there are even more who also took the time to submit an article, and who received a letter of appreciation for their effort, but also the dismaying words ..." we regret that we are unable to use your article at this time."

Since the success and worth of SchoolArts depends on the talent and perseverance of our writers, here are nine items of information about the article selection process followed by nine tips that will increase the possibility of an article being accepted for publication.

Almost Everything Worth Knowing About the Process

1. We accept approximately one of every three articles submitted.

2. We attempt to meet the needs and interests of our diverse readers--preschool to grad school, ex. ed. to gifted, studio orientation to critical historical; interests in curriculum development, child development, multicultural concerns, aesthetics what to do Friday afternoon and how to plan a discipline-based program.

3. When accepted, each article is placed in a folder annotated with comments on theme references, media, content and grade level.

4. Once accepted, some articles are published the very next month, while others wait for appropriate placement with a theme issue that may only occur every other year.

5. Each article on file is reviewed during the selection process for every issue.

6. Each issue has a theme, but several non-theme articles are included for variety.

7. Some articles rest in the files for a time because they relate to a recently used theme that may not come up for another year or two ... or they were selected for an issue, but had to be pulled due to last-minute space problems.

8. SchoolArts' authors are paid an honorarium based on the amount of space/pages allotted for their article.

9. Despite Adlai Stevenson's statement that, "An editor is one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the chaff," we try to present a stimulating mix of articles and departments that represents insightful, practical and helpful art education strategies and ideas.

Nine Tips Toward Being Published

1. A cover page with pertinent information should accompany your double-spaced manuscript ... and a SASE.

2. When about to write, ask yourself what you expect from this publication ... what does it do better than other publications in the field?

3. It is advisable to send one carefully crafted article than to flood the editor with a number of articles.

4. Proofread before mailing. Check for spelling and punctuation.

5. Is your title informative, your opening paragraph attention-getting, and the concluding paragraph conclusive without being repetitive?

6. Are your sentences clear, concise and emphatic? Have needless words, jargon and inflated language been eliminated?

7. Have you said everything that is relevant, but in the fewest words possible?

8. Have you provided a clear, step-by-step example of how your idea/ project was implemented in a real classroom?

9. Have you provided relevant illustrations (correctly exposed, in-focus, color slides or prints) which further explain your idea/project?

Additional information may be obtained by writing to me at 11298 Bridget Lane, Hales Corners, WI 53130 to request a copy of our guidelines. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kent Anderson Editor
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Title Annotation:editors' article selection for School Arts magazine
Author:Anderson, Kent
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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