Stories for Children Magazine, an Ezine for children ages 3 to 12, publishes short stories, articles, poems, arts & crafts, recipes, and interviews with children's book authors and/or illustrators.
§ Stories for Children Magazine is a nonpaying market for youth contributors.
§ Content should be age appropriate.
§ Stories for Children Magazine is not a themed magazine, but there are holidays and subjects we’d love to cover. Submissions based on a holiday are due at least three months in advance of that particular issue. All other submissions are accepted any time of the year.
§ Stories for Children Magazine only accepts email submissions.
§ Response time is about four weeks.
§ Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
§ Send only one submission per email.
Only email submissions are accepted. The only attachments allowed are Word document files with the .doc extension. Example: “mygreatstory.doc.” If you do not have MS Word, cut and paste your submission into the body of your email.
Make sure to put "Youth Submission" in the subject line. A Minor Release form will be sent to you once your title is accepted. Please send this back asap so we can publish your piece on the Stories for Children Magazine website.
Send a separate email for each submission.
Make sure you include: A cover letter, the title of the piece, the theme or issue if any, exact word count for all submissions including poetry, age group, category, and a short bio of 50 words or fewer, written in third-person. All submissions must be single-spaced with no indentations, and a blank line to indicate paragraphs.
We do not accept author/illustrator submissions.
READ ALOUD STORIES (ages 3-6): Easy-to-read stories, humorous tales, fantasy, fables and myths. WORD COUNT: 150 TO 400
EARLY READERS (ages 7-9): Realistic fiction, humorous tales, satire, fantasy, fairy tales, science fiction, fables, light scary stories, mysteries and myths. WORD COUNT: 400 to 800
MIDDLE READERS (ages 10-12): Realistic fiction, humorous tales, satire, fantasy, fairy tales, science fiction, fables, scary stories, mysteries and myths. WORD COUNT: 500 to 1200
Note: No rhyming prose in story format will be accepted.
POEMS: Include only one poem per email with cover letter. Length for poetry should not exceed 16 lines and should use simple beats and short lines. Length for a rebus should not exceed 250 words max. Our readers prefer simple, fun, rhyming poetry and rebuses.
NONFICTION CATEGORIES: Nature, animals, science, technology, environment, foreign culture, history, and biographies to name a few.
Use at least three primary sources with up-to-date information. This means Internet resources (Wikipedia should not be used), adult reference books or magazines, interviews with experts, previously published books--but not children's books. You cannot use only Internet resources. Your bibliography will be checked. We highly suggest you have an expert in the field you’re writing about review your article for accuracy.
We also like to see engaging articles that read more like a story or have a “wow” factor. Kids read enough book reports and textbooks at school.
DISCOVERY (ages 3-6): Learning about the world around them. WORD COUNT: 150 to 400
HOW AND WHY (ages 7-9): Understanding the how and why of things. WORD COUNT: 400 to 800
TELL ME MORE (ages 10-12): Covering the basics and digging deeper for a better understanding of their world. WORD COUNT: 500 to 1200
REPRINTS: Stories for Children Magazine will publish reprints where the author still owns the rights and includes the information of the title’s first publication prior to our magazine. We will check with the first publication to make sure the transfer of rights is still with the author.
Photographs: Photos are welcome as attachments in jpeg format. Proper credit must be given to the photographer. All photographs submitted must have a photo release permission form attached to be accepted. There is no payment for photographs.
FORMATTING YOUR SUBMISSION:
1. Send only Word Doc. Formats (i.e.—name of file.doc) as an attachment; otherwise, you need to copy and paste your submission into the body of your email.
2. Email subject line must have: the title of your submission, c