Writing for IRA E-ssentials

IRA E-ssentials provide timely, practical strategies and teaching ideas for classroom teachers of pre–K-12 students in an electronic format that can be accessed on any PDF-friendly device. E-ssentials publish on a monthly basis, and we are accepting proposals on an ongoing basis.

IRA E-ssentials are short, original articles, approximately 5,000 words in length, and should be based on solid research but focused more on practical applications of best practices. E-ssentials should be written in an approachable voice and tone, with plenty of visual elements such as sidebars and helpful figures; electronic publishing allows for multimedia elements, too, such as hyperlinks to video or podcasts. Click here for a list of the current E-ssentials topics and series.

Please submit your E-ssentials proposal through our online manuscript submission site, Manuscript Central. IRA E-ssentials are not peer reviewed at this time but are reviewed by our editorial staff. Please do not send complete manuscripts unless requested.

Please include the following in your E-ssentials proposal:

Part 1: Letter of intent

Upload the following to Manuscript Central as one document, with the file designation "Letter of Intent."

  • An abstract or summary that is no more than 250 words and includes the primary audience and goals of your book
  • The timeline for delivering the full draft manuscript (approximately 5,000 words)

Part 2: Outline

Upload to Manuscript Central the following information as one document with the file designation "Chapter Files."

  • A full, annotated outline, including subheadings and brief descriptions of main segments
  • Notes on any pieces that may require permissions or additional production/editorial services

All E-ssentials proposals must be submitted online through IRA's Manuscript Central tracking system.

  1. Go to the Manuscript Central site to create an account, or log in to your existing account.
  2. When you log in to your account with your username and password, select "IRA Books" from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click the Author Center link.
  4. Click on the blue star and follow the instructions provided on each screen. (Under "Manuscript Type," select "E-ssentials" from the drop-down menu.)
  5. A confirmation e-mail will acknowledge our receipt of your manuscript.
  6. You can follow the progress of your book proposal by accessing your Author Center anytime.

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