Magazines That Accept Children's Stories

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There is no limit to the number of magazines on the market for children. Many feature both fiction and nonfiction stories that educate as well as entertain. The market for writing children's stories is highly competitive. Writers with even the highest quality of work will see rejections from magazines inundated with material.

Stories for Children Magazine

  • Stories for Children Magazine is a monthly electronic magazine aimed at children age 3 through 12. Fiction and nonfiction short stories are published alongside articles and poems. Word counts for stories should be between 150 up to 1,200. Stories for ages 6 and under should limit their word count to 400. Only works from authors age 18 and older will be eligible for the magazine. There is no pay offered on accepted stories. Stories used in the yearly Best of Stories for Children Magazine will be compensated. The amount varies from year to year based on the publisher. Submissions are only accepted via email and a Word document. When emailing, include your submission title, category, age group and theme if the story is for a special publication in the subject title. A cover letter that features a short biography of around 50 words should be inside the email.

Highlights for Children Magazine

  • Highlights for Children works to instill the same moral values it did when publication began more than 60 years ago. Fiction stories have to be interesting with strong characters, specific settings and an active language. Avoid anything with criminal activity or violence. Characters need to set a positive example. Readers of all ages should be able to find the stories entertaining, even if it is geared to a young audience of children ages 3 through 12. Stories with humor, mystery, sports, holiday and adventure themes are the most sought-after. Word counts allowed range from less than 500 to 800. Compensation for stories starts at $150 and go upward based on word count and prominence in the magazine. No email or fax submissions are accepted. Manuscripts instead of queries should be sent with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Manuscript Coordinator.

Cricket Magazine

  • Cricket Magazine began publication in 1973 as a way to promote reading and learning for children ages 9 through 14. All work must meet the high-quality standards of professional writers. Fiction stories such as fairy tales and science fiction are sought in addition to non-fiction work like biographies. Works should be between 200 and 2,000 words. Compensation is $.25 a word. Mail stories with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Submissions Editor. There is a six-month wait for responses.

Boys Life Magazine

  • Boys Life is published by the Boy Scouts of America. Fiction work is assigned to writers. Nonfiction stories are accepted. Popular topics for the magazine are history and sports. All stories must follow The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage and should be at least 500 words. Average payments for stories range from $400 to $1,500. Most manuscripts sent to the magazine are returned. Mail submissions must be sent with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

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