Writing for Children's Magazines
An Ezine

  Market Tidbits for May 2017  

by Evelyn B. Christensen




Additions to the Adult Writers' List

• Anansesem is an online magazine devoted to Caribbean children's and young adult literature. It was on our list at one point, but discontinued publication for a while. We're glad to see it active again. Currently, the magazine publishes a major issue yearly, and has smaller features throughout the year. They use stories, poems, illustrations, non-fiction, book reviews, and interviews, and invite submissions regardless of geographic location of either the author or characters, but they do give priority to those from the Caribbean region. Submission guidelines for adults are here. This is a non-paying market.
[Note: Their website is not fully accessible on Firefox. Try Internet Explorer.]

• Brilliant Star is a bi-monthly, print magazine for ages 8-12 published by the Baha'i faith. According to their website, "Brilliant Star invites children of all faiths to explore concepts that encourage their development as world citizens, such as appreciation for cultural and racial diversity, peace among all religions and nations, the equality of women and men, and the elimination of prejudices." Through fiction, non-fiction, activities, games, puzzles, comics, interviews, music, and expressive art, the magazine seeks to promote values of kindness, courage, creativity, and helpfulness. Submission guidelines are here. This is a non-paying market.

• Bumples online, interactive magazine will have two magzines starting in the fall of 2017. Bumple Buds will be for ages 3-5. The age span of Bumples will change to be for ages 6-10. They are accepting submissions for both magazines at this point. [Note: Although they are currently behind on paying their contributors, the editor says they fully intend to pay everyone.]

Additions to the Young Writers' List

• Chautauqua is a annual literary journal. It publishes stories, poetry, and essays by students aged 12 to 18 in its "Young Voices" section. Work should be submitted by a teacher, mentor, or parent. Submission guidelines are here. This is a non-paying market.

• Anansesem (see above) also accepts work from authors and artists ages 8-17. Submission guidelines for kids are here. This is a non-paying market.

Theme Lists Updates

• Sparkle

• SHINE brightly

• Ask

• Young Salvationist

Calls for Submission

• Writing for Children's Magazines needs articles and sample issue overviews. Currently paying $5 for reprints and $10 for original pieces.

• Babybug wants pieces for the theme "I Did It Myself"--poems, stories, action rhymes, and fingerplays about the very youngest child’s triumphs. Submission deadline is August 31st.

• Ladybug is asking for fiction, retellings of folktales, creative nonfiction, poems, action rhymes, and proposals for short comics on the topic of "Animal Kingdom". Deadline is June 30th. They are also seeking pieces for the theme "Our World"--cultural traditions, interesting places, everyday mysteries, etc. Deadline is July 31st.

• Ladybug and Spider are calling for activities, crafts, games, science experiments, and recipes. Deadline is September 30th.

• Spider is also asking for pieces on these themes: "Narrative Nonfiction," deadline June 30th; "Fantastic Fantasy Beasts," deadline July 31st; "Spaceships and Superheroes," deadline August 31st.

• Cricket wants pieces for the themes: "Animals Behaving Badly," deadline July 31st, and "A Willingness to Act," deadline August 31st.

• Timeless Tales is open to submissions for their theme "Arthurian Legends." Deadline is May 5th.

[Note: Please click on the given links for more information about each of the submission calls.]


• Submissions for Pockets Annual Fiction Contest are open until August 15th.

This and That

• As of 4-17-17, Highlights has put a 3-month moratorium on new submissions to Hello. When submissions reopen, they will be posting new guidelines.

• Although Alfie Dog was due to re-open submissions 3-5-17, they are still closed.

• Kid's Imagination Train will be closed to submissions May 1st-July 1st.

• Storytime is temporarily closed to submissions. Check back here for when they are open again.

• Between July 1st and August 1st, kids can apply to be on Pockets Kids Advisory Board.


• Girlworks. Although it still has a website, it does not appear to have published anything for two years.

Updated Links in the Adult List

• The Crawl Space

• St. Mary's Messenger's submission guidelines

• Story Monster's contact information

• Young Rider's contact information

• Young Salvationist's submission guidelines


The next issue of Writing for Children's Magazines will be published in August.

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Writing for Children's Magazines, May 2017.



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