Curriculum Submissions

Literature for Life publishes up to two issues, annually. Each issue features 8-15 stories, articles and poems spanning multiple genres. Although we are not limited to Los Angeles area authors, the majority of works featured are local. We are committed to quality and diversity in our selections, and representing a broad range of voices. The selected works will be available in each online journal for the world to read. The works are accompanied by original illustrations created by primarily local artists, and curriculum writers develop middle, high school, and college curriculum for educators to teach the stories.

Curriculum writers must be highly creative, have great ideas for assignments and activities, must understand the needs of teachers, and be familiar with the Common Core Standards. As a high profile literary journal receiving strong attention in local school systems, contributing to Literature for Life is a great way for curriculum writers to have their work featured. Curriculum writers’ biographies are included on our website, as well.

Literature for Life is an open source literary journal. So that teachers can teach Literature for Life stories without requesting permission or paying for the privilege, contributors (writers, artists and curriculum writers) do not retain the copyright for the work they submit, although Literature for Life copyrights all of our online content. Curriculum writers receive a stipend for their work.

Curriculum writers submit their resumes and samples of curriculum they have written to the Literature for Life Managing Editor, Rosalind Helfand. Writers selected will be assigned one or more stories for which to write curriculum and will work closely with the Leadership Team.


Submission guidelines for curriculum are shared once the writer is selected. We are seeking highly creative curriculum writers with a strong knowledge of the Common Core Standards, ideas for classroom interaction, developing critical thinking, cross-disciplinary activities, and field trips.

How to Submit Work:

If you are interested in writing curriculum for Literature for Life stories, send your resume, cover letter and a curriculum sample to Managing Editor Rosalind Helfand at [email protected]