How to contribute

How to contribute to Idiom

We welcome contributions from all VATE members and friends including articles (up to 2000 words), learning sequences connected to contemporary curriculum, interesting resources and news, including podcasts, vodcasts, PPT, Prezi, and other online applications which relate to the theme of the issue. Idiom is produced primarily for the members of the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English. It is hoped that it will also appeal to our colleagues elsewhere and the broader education community. Idiom is not a peer-reviewed journal.

Contributions and editorial correspondence should be sent to the Managing Editor, Josephine Smith

Members are encouraged to follow the submission guidelines below.

Contributor abstracts (100–150 words)

The abstract should tell readers whether they want to look at your article in more detail when reading it in the journal.

  • Set the context—provide general information about the main idea, explaining the situation so the reader can make sense of the topic and the questions you will ask.
  • State why the main idea is important—tell the reader why s/he should care and keep reading. Your goal is to create a compelling, clear, and educational essay people will want to read and act upon.

It is your responsibility to seek copyright clearance for any materials quoted.

Copyright information

VATE retains copyright unless otherwise negotiated (the Publications and Communications Officer will email you to ask you whether or not you would like to retain copyright). If the author wishes to retain copyright then the onus is on them to register with CAL for any royalties; VATE takes no responsibility for ensuring that royalties it receives for Idiom articles are passed on to the author. Idiom is supplied to RMIT’s Informit e-Library which can be accessed online by arrangement with RMIT.


Author(s) who give permission for thier works to be reproduced elsewhere should inform the Editor of Idiom and should ensure tha the following statement appears with the article: Reproduced with permission, from Idiom the journal of the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) [issue volume, number, date]. 

Writing specifications for Idiom

  • Article length: approximately 800–2000 words
  • Visuals: If you wish to include visuals please supply them as separate high res jpeg or eps files as well as placed in the word document. Due to copyright restrictions some visuals may not appear in the final article.
  • Please ensure that you have carefully edited and proofread your contribution.
  • Please provide a title, preferably no longer than one line

Basic formatting details

  • Word document; size 11 Calibri font; single spaced lines; 1.5 spacing between paragraphs
  • Single inverted commas for quotations
  • Italics for titles of books and journals; single inverted commas for titles of papers, chapters and articles
  • For references, please follow the APA referencing system:

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