This is a list of children’s magazines for writers who wish to try to break into children’s publishing. For the most part, this list does not include magazines that publish fewer than five freelance articles per year. It also does not include Christian or Canadian magazines, but it does include numerous classroom magazines. Many of these magazines also accept poetry, recipes, crafts, and so forth. See their guidelines for specific details. What follows is a breakdown of just fiction and nonfiction.
AIM: Intercultural magazine. Fiction and nonfiction: No more than 4000 words. Focus is to fight racism and promote intercultural awareness and respect. http://aimmagazine.org/submit.htm
ASK: Ages 6-9. Nonfiction magazine with a focus on science and the world. Each edition centers around a specific theme. Focus on engaging nonfiction, not dry text. Humor, unusual questions. and unexpected connections are encouraged. All articles are commissioned. Query first with resume and writing samples. Feature articles: 900-1600 words. Humor pieces: 200-400 words. http://www.cricketmag.com/19-Submission-Guidelines-for-ASK-magazine-for-children-ages-6-9
BABAGANEWZ : Jewish middle school students and their teachers. Ezine. Focus is creative ways to explore Jewish traditions and issues. Guidelines available by email request at firstname.lastname@example.org. Word lengths of articles vary. http://babaganewz.com/
BOYS QUEST: Boys ages 6-13, with emphasis on ages 8-10. Seeking “lively writing, mostly from a 10-year-old’s point of view.” Fiction and Nonfiction: Ideally around 500 words. Nonfiction with clear photos are more likely to be accepted. http://funforkidzmagazines.com/bq_guidelines
BRASS: Young adults. Focus is on making money matters interesting and relevant to young adults. Prefers contributors from 16-29 years old. You must register with Brass to get information on submitting. http://www.brassmagazine.com/contribute
CICADA: Ages 14 and up. Literary magazine. Fiction/Articles. Up to 5000 words. Protagonist should be 14 years old or older. Novellas: Up to 15,000 words. Nonfiction should be first person experiences that are interesting to teenagers. Submissions accepted from ages 14-23 for the Expressions section. http://www.cobblestonepub.com/guides_CIC.html
COBBLESTONE: Ages 9-14. Focus on American History. Each edition is theme-related. See submission guidelines for themes. Fiction: 700 – 800 words. Supplemental nonfiction: 300-600 words. http://www.cobblestonepub.com/guides_cob.html
ECO-KIDS MAGAZINE: Focus is on a green and eco-conscious community. Seasonally themes articles and profiles of healthy and environmentally conscious youth. Articles: Word length varies. Query or send complete manuscript. http://ecobites.com/articles/eco-kids-magazine
FUN FOR KIDZ: Ages 6-13, with emphasis on ages 8-10. Each issue has a specific theme. See guidelines for theme list. Fiction and Nonfiction: 500 words or fewer. Focus is on activities and promoting positive values. Articles with photos are more likely to be accepted. http://funforkidzmagazines.com/writers
GO MAGAZINE: Online magazine for young adults interested in careers in transportation. Covers transportation infrastructure and people. Articles/blogs: 300-800 words. Fiction: Length varies. http://www.go-explore-trans.org/
HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN: Up to age 12. Seeking an engaging plot, strong characters, specific setting and lively language. General interest fiction magazine. Fiction for ages 3-7: 500 words or fewer. 8-12: 800 words or fewer. Nonfiction: 800 words or fewer, 500 for younger readers. http://www.highlights.com/contributor-guidelines
HOPSCOTCH: Girls ages 6-13, with emphasis on ages 8-10. Each issue has a specific theme. See guidelines for theme list. Seeking “lively writing from a girl’s point of view”. Nonfiction: Around 500 words. Fiction: No more than 1000. Nonfiction with clear photos are more likely to be accepted. http://funforkidzmagazines.com/hs_guidelines
HUMPTY DUMPTY – Ages 5 -7. Fiction: 450 words or fewer. Currently accepting mini-stories of 70-125 words. Focus on kindness, fun, and humor. Nonfiction: 700 words or fewer. Nonfiction focus on science, nature, and how-to. http://www.uskidsmags.com/writers-guidelines/
KNOWONDER: Ages 0-12. Aim is promoting literacy. Almost exclusively fiction. Focus on adventure and fun. Imagination is encouraged – not interested in boring daily life. Imagery and action are key. Fiction: 500-2000 words.
M.L.T.S. Most Likely To Succeed. Focus is on young college women who want to start their careers while still in school. Fashion, beauty, fitness, entertainment, careers, and more. Email email@example.com. Articles: Word lengths vary.
NEW MOON: Girls ages 8 and up. Focus on empowering girls and women. All material should focus on girls and women. A large percentage of material is submitted by girls. Adult work is accepted for “herstory” (600 words), Women’s Work (careers, 600 words), Last Words, and Fiction (900 – 1600 words). http://www.newmoon.com/content/?id=1006&type=1
RAINBOW RUMPUS: Ages 4-18. Focus on children and teens with LGBT connections, such as parents or other family members who are LGBT. Stories should be from the point of view of children of LGBT parents. Do not focus on bullying, teasing etc. Transgender, multicultural stories are especially encouraged. Stories for ages 4-12: 800-2500 words. Ages 13-18: Up to 5000 words. http://www.rainbowrumpus.org/about/submissions
RANGER RICK: Ages 7-14 years. Focus is education about animals and nature. All material is assigned. Send resume and clips only. Very few freelance submissions are published. http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick.aspx
SCIENCE WEEKLY: Grades K-6. Develops and reinforces reading, writing, math, and critical thinking through interactive science content. All work is assigned to writers in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia. http://www.scienceweekly.com/
SPIGOT SCIENCE FOR KIDS: Grades 5-8. Ezine for upper elementary and middle school science classes. Written at a fifth and sixth grade level. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles: 300-400 words. http://spigotscience.com/about-spigot .
STORIES FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE: Ages 3-12 years. Focus is strengthening children’s interest in reading and academics. Articles and Fiction: ages 3-6, 150-400 words. Ages 7-9, 400-800 words. Ages 10-12, 500-1200 words. http://www.sfcmagazine.com/