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Writing Markets for Kids August 27, 2012

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When the president of the local homeschool association invited me to speak at their “Evening of Encouragement,” she told me several of their children and teens are interested in writing for publication. She asked if I knew where these kids could submit their work. (Some children’s magazines only accept submissions from adults, and few pay children even if they accept submissions from them.) I researched the market and pulled together the below list of places for kids’ writing. If you know of others, feel free to post a comment with the information.

Kids, I strongly encourage you to look at the Web site of the publishers and at the magazines before submitting anything.  Happy writing!

Ronica’s List of Places Where Kids Can Submit Their Writing

Aletheia is an e-zine targeted toward Christian teens. It considers poetry and artwork from teens and pays with a free electronic copy of the magazine. Submission guidelines can be found at http://www.aletheiamag.com/submissions.html

The Apprentice Writer is a literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, essay, and photography of high school students. Submit work to Gary Fincke, Writers Institute Director, Susquehanna University, 610 University Ave., Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164.  http://www.susqu.edu/academics/10602.asp

Ask, Cricket, Muse, and Spider magazines are part of the Carus Publishing Company. They run writing contests with details in their current issues. Learn more about the magazines at http://www.cricketmag.com

Child Life (ages 9-11), Children’s Digest (ages 10-12), Children’s Playmate (ages 6-8), Humpty Dumpty (ages 4-6), Jack And Jill (ages 7-10), Turtle Magazine (preschool), and U.S. Kids (ages 6-10), are part of The Children’s Better Health Institute, P.O. Box 567, Indianapolis, IN 46206. They sometimes request the poems, jokes, and drawings of kids.  http://www.cbhi.org

ChixLIT publishes stories by girls ages 7 to 17.  ChixLIT, P.O. Box 12051, Orange, CA  92859.  http://www.chixlit.com

Cicada publishes writing and artwork from kids 14 and older.   http://www.cricketmag.com/22-Submission-Guidelines-for-CICADA-magazine-for-teens-ages-14+

Creative Kids publishes the games, stories, poetry, and artwork of kids ages 8 to 16.  Submissions Editor, Creative Kids, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX  76714-8813.  http://www.prufrock.com/Assets/ClientPages/kids_magazine.aspx

Encounter, a Christian magazine for junior high and high school kids, accepts poetry, artwork, and testimonies from teens. The magazine accepts submissions by e-mail only at encounter@standardpub.com.   http://www.standardpub.com/view/encounter-submission-guidelines.aspx

Highlights accepts drawings, poems, jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, stories, science questions, book reviews, Creatures Nobody Has Ever Seen!, recipes, craft ideas, letters to Dear Highlights, and dinosaur drawings, jokes, and questions from kids. Highlights for Children, 803 Church Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.  http://www.highlightskids.com/send-us-your-creative-work

Insight is a Seventh-Day Adventist publication for 13- to 19-year-olds. It publishes true stories, profiles, and general articles.  Insight Magazine, 55 West Oak Ridge Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740. http://www.insightmagazine.org/guidelines/

Knowonder! publishes a story a day for 3- to 10-year-olds at http://www.knowonder.com. Kids can submit their own stories and artwork.

Merlyn’s Pen publishes fiction, essays, and poems by U.S. teens.  Merlyn’s Pen, Inc., 11 South Angell St., Suite 301, Providence, RI 02906.  http://www.merlynspen.org/write/submit.php

New Moon magazine for girls 8 and up publishes the writing and artwork of girls. http://www.newmoon.com/content/?id=1006&type=1

Potato Hill Poetry posts a contests page on its Web site and includes information about other publishers who accept poetry and writing from kids.   http://www.potatohill.com/contest.html

Skipping Stones is a multicultural magazine that publishes essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles, proverbs, poems, drawings, paintings, and photos of kids.  Submissions may be in any language but should include an English translation.  Skipping Stones Magazine, P.O. Box 3939, Eugene, OR 97403. http://skippingstones.org/submissions.htm

Stone Soup publishes stories, poems, book reviews, and art by kids, up to age 13.  Pays $40 for stories, poems, and book reviews and $25 for illustrations.  Stone Soup, ATTN:  Submissions Department, P.O. Box 83, Santa Cruz, CA 95063.  http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/

Teen Ink publishes writing by teens, ages 13 to 19, in its magazine, Web site, and books.    http://www.teenink.com/submit

UpWords Poetry is a resource for young poets and writers, including links for other publishers that accept poetry.  http://www.upwordspoetry.com/Links.htm

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Evening with Homeschoolers August 20, 2012

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I’ve been invited to speak at our local homeschool association’s upcoming “Evening of Encouragement.” I’m looking forward to meeting parents and speaking with them about the value of homeschooling. I’m not a home educator, but I have worked with the U.S. Department of Education and state education agencies and currently write for Royal Fireworks Press, the world’s largest publisher of books for gifted and talented children and a growing influence in the homeschool market. (The press is a bit unusual because it publishes novels that tie into school curricula and appeal to gifted children who want to go further on a particular topic or seek more challenging texts.)

I’m also working on an article about the benefits of homeschooling and hope to hear lots of good stories from parents. I’m looking forward to it!