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Short Stories for Children – Getting Published

Short Stories for Children – A list of publications that accept submissions.

I’ve written this blog for writers who have already completed their flash fiction or short story for children, and who are now looking for somewhere to publish. By Flash Fiction I mean any story that is between 300 and 1,000 words, although each publication will have its own definition.

If you haven’t yet written a short story for children, or are still considering whether or not it is worthwhile, I would highly recommend trying it out. Getting short stories for children into ‘print’ is a great way to boost your profile before approaching a publisher with that first novel or a complete collection. It is also a great way to hone those writing skills. Writing to a set word limit forces you to edit ruthlessly, and to consider every word in a story.

For me, writing short stories for children has been an invaluable experience, and I have recently gone back to my first novel and re-written or cut a lot of material that was loose or unnecessary to the flow of the story.

The list below has been drawn from months of searching online. I have only included publications that will allow simultaneous submissions (at the time of research) and offer some form of payment or are a prestigious publication. FYI – most of the publications below also accept poetry for children.

Anyway, good luck with your submissions and I hope you find the following list useful. If you find any more, please let me know and I will update the list.

A list of publications that accept short stories for children.

Aquila magazine publishes ‘intelligent reading for children from 8 – 13 years‘. They are a UK based magazine with a readership of 40,000 children.

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories between 1000 and 1150 words, but will sometimes accept two-part stories – see their website for details. Stories should be emailed as a word.doc. See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. They pay £90 for contributions, payable on publication.

Balloon online journal is a free to read journal that publishes short stories for children from 12 years onwards. They are based in Hong Kong:

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories up to 2000 words, emailed as a word.doc. See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. They don’t pay for contributions but will send contributors a print copy of the magazine and acknowledge authors with a bio note.

Cricket Media Literary Magazines These American literary magazines are for children from 6 months to teens: They produce 11 different publications ranging from ‘literature and art to science and technology.’ Each magazine has its own submission requirements.

  • Submissions: Submissions are via submittable and are often themed. See below for more details. Cricket pay 25c per word and take up to 6 months to respond.

Babybug: 6 months to 3 years.

Ladybug: 3 – 6 years

Spider 6 – 9 years

Cricket 9 – 14 years

Cicada 14 +

Ember Magazine is a non-profit journal that publishes short stories for children 10 to 18 years. They are a ‘semiannual publication’:

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories up to 1000 words. See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. They pay 2 cents per word or $20 per work, whichever is more.

Frost Fire magazine publishes ‘original science fiction and fantasy’ for readers age 8 – 17. They do not accept bad language or adult themes. They are an American magazine published quarterly.

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories between 1500 and 6000 words. Stories should be emailed as a word.doc. See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. They pay $15 for contributions.

Girl’s World is an ezine for girls from 6 – 12 years. They are looking for uplifting stories and animal tales – see the website for details.

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories for children between 1000 and 1200 words. Stories should be mailed to their American address – see their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. They pay $100 for contributions, payable on publication.

Guardian Angel kids is a free ezine that publishes 6 times per year. They market themselves a s a ‘healthy and safe’ environment for children age 2 – 12 years. Each issue is themed – see their website for a current list. They prefer non-first person stories and buy all rights to your story.

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories up to 2000 words, emailed as a word.doc. See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. They pay 0.03c per word and buy all rights to your story.

Highlights for Children An American publication that produces 3 separate monthly magazines, Hello (0-2), High Five (2-6), Highlights (6-12).

  • Submissions:

          Highlights – (6 – 12 years). Stories for ‘beginning readers’ should be up to 475 words. Stories for              independent readers should be no more than 750 words and be appealing if read out loud. Rebus              stories should be no more than 100 words and should include words easily shown as pictures.                    Submissions are online and they pay $175 and up and accept all genres for younger readers.

          High Five – (2 – 6 years). Stories of 120 words or less for ages 2-6. They are looking for stories                  that can be read aloud. ‘Rhyme, repetition and patterned texts are particularly welcome.’

          Hello – (0 – 5 years). Stories should be no more than 50 words and aimed at readers 0-2 years.                  They want simple humor and wordplay that can be read aloud.

The Caterpillar is a literary magazine (from Ireland) for children age 7 to 11 years-ish. They publish four times a year:

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories for children of up to 1000 words as word.doc attachments to an email. See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. I can’t find any payment details.

The School Magazine First published in 1916, The School Magazine is the world’s oldest continually running literary magazine for children. Based in Australia, they publish four magazines 10 times each year:

Countdown: 8 – 9 years

Blast Off: 9 – 10 years

Orbit: 10 – 11 years

Touchdown: 11 +

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories for children up to 2000 words in ‘realistic, fantastical or humorous genres.’ They occasionally accept longer stories. Submissions must be in hard copy. See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. They pay $270 per 1000 words.

US Kids are part of the Children’s Better Health Institute and produce 2 magazines, Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill. They publish ‘humorous, playful and witty stories that kids would love to read – not stories that grownups think kids should read.’ See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines.

Humpty Dumpty: 2 – 6 years. Short stories of up to 450. They pay $30 or more.

Jack and Jill: 6 – 12 years. Short stories of 600 – 800 words. They pay $25 or more.

  • Submissions: Email submissions to individual magazines (see website) and expect to wait 3 months for a reply.

Yarn Young Adult Review Network is a literary journal for young adults, 14 years and up. They have no genre restrictions but they want short stories for children that show ‘literary merit’. Each issue is themed – see their website for a current list. They prefer non-first person stories and buy all rights to your story.

  • Submissions: They welcome short stories up to 6000 words, double-spaced and emailed as a word.doc. See their website for copyright details and submission guidelines. They currently do not offer payment. SCBWI members published in Yarn can nominate themselves for the Magazine Merit Awards.

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