Calling all Changemakers! Big Issue Submissions

Are you ready to share your social enterprise journey with millions of readers?

 "It’s been really fun trying to sell the magazine to people. It’s probably been my favourite part – closing the deal and getting money so we can keep our breakfast club going at school." Pupil 

Last year, fourteen schools from across Scotland showcased their social enterprises in our schools special edition of the Big Issue magazine. It celebrated the incredible social enterprise activity happening in schools every day and allowed young people to gain new skills by selling the magazine in their schools and communities. Register your interest below to take part this year. 

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Why take part?

  "We sold 200 copies of the magazine and the kids sold them all themselves." Mary Russell School

 "We raised £185 from the sales which we are using to further finance our community cafe: we’re buying mugs and crockery to save buying paper cups which will help the environment too so this has really made a big difference to us!" Carmunnock Primary School 

 "I’m usually very shy and going up to people and asking them to buy the magazine without being shy has helped grow my confidence." Pupil 


Key dates

Last chance to register interest is 13 December 2019 

The submission deadline for content is 16 January 2020

This edition is likely to go to print in March 2020

Submission Information

People love hearing about social enterprise activity in schools, and the magazine will be read by millions of people, so feel free to make your content as creative as possible to keep them hooked! We encourage submission before the end of this term in case we need further information. 

1 Our Education Administrator will share the submission link using the email address you have registered with. 

2 Use the submission form to send us a short paragraph describing your social enterprise clearly. Try to explain both your social or environmental purpose and the trading activity that supports it, talk about the impact it has had on your school, community and the individuals involved. This will be used to give readers detail about your social enterprise. 

3 Use the submission form to send through your creative content that showcases your social enterprise. You can use drawings, photos, interviews, a comic or something completely different. This will be the main feature of your submission. Your submission doesn't have to be polished the team at the Big Issue love to get a huge variety of different content. Think about the communities you support and the impact you have had. 

Please note: This is a printed publication and video content cannot be accepted.


Last Year's Edition

 Download a copy of last year's Big Issue Schools Special magazine.

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The Big Issue is a publication offering employment opportunities to people in poverty and your work will be featured in and amongst their award-winning journalism