September will be here before you know it (and why-oh-why does the summer always go by so quickly?) so we are gearing up to get back on a schedule here at Heart and Humanity.

Our monthly theme, therefore, will be Back to School: Lessons Learned

Of course you can write us a piece about actual school—memories, teachers (great and awful), dealing with school-age children, your take on the state of education—but you can also tell us about lessons you have learned outside of the classroom.

What have your experiences taught you that you would like to share with our readers? What have you learned from nature, traveling, grief, love? Where do you go when you are looking for answers in your life?

Share your stories as personal essays, fiction, or poetry. We will accept 10-12 paid pieces per month; to be eligible, your September submission must be received at [email protected] by August 15th.

Please note that as of our September issue, our pay rates will be adjusted to the following:

$25 for personal essays and works of fiction 1200 + word count

$15 for shorter essays and fiction

$15-$20 for 1-2 poems

We will reserve the right to offer more or less based on length and need for edits.

We also will accept a limited slate of previously published material, but only original content will be financially compensated.

Please refer to our master submissions page for details on how to submit and invoice.

At Heart and Humanity, Shawna, Raymond and I are committed to not only promoting new voices and the work of writers we admire and respect, we also believe that being able to provide some compensation for your work is an important way we demonstrate our respect. I am sure as we continue to grow, these fees will shift again; but for now, this helps us provide payment to a larger number of contributors. Thank you for understanding how important this is to our mission.

We look forward to reading your work! ~Kara

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Kara Post-Kennedy

Kara is Managing Editor at Heart and Humanity Magazine as well as an editor, columnist and social interest group leader at The Good Men Project. Read her on Huffington Post and her personal blog "Your New Best Friend". Follow her on twitter @kpk_newbf


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