LENGTH FOR ALL STORIES AND ARTICLES:
- 3 to 6 year olds: 150 to 400 words
- 7 to 9 year olds: 400-800 words
- 10 to 12 year olds: 500-1200 words
Poems: Two pieces per submission, 100 words max per poem.
Puzzles/Arts & Crafts/Games: 1 page
Book reviews-targeted at children: up to 200 words
Word counts should be noted on each submission.
For a more detailed look at our guidelines young writers, adult writers, and illustrators can visit our site.
Do you also review books?
Stories for Children Magazine does do book reviews. There are multiple ways to send in a book review. One type of book review we publish is from our readers. We love hearing about a book our readers enjoyed or didn’t enjoy reading. The second type of book review we publish is from book reviewers themselves. We have a few book reviewers who will send in book reviews that are also posted on their book review blogs or sites. The last type of book review is done by one of our editors. This would either be myself or my assistant, Gayle Jacobson-Huset. Our reviews are sent back to the publisher, agent, author, illustrator, or editor that asked for the book review for their promotional use and is also posted on our site.
How may authors contact you with book review requests?
Currently we are seeing about two submissions a month for professional reviews, two to three from book reviewers, and one or two from our readers. Authors or illustrators can contact us at the following address or they can email myself or Gayle Jacobson-Huset:
Stories for Children Magazine
54 East 490 South
Ivins Utah 84738
Phone/fax: (206) 350-3440
How hard is it to start your own online magazine?
I don’t find anything hard if it’s what you want or love to do. Something you’re passionate about shouldn’t be considered hard, but if you want to start an ezine, there are a few key factors to consider.
The first factor is where to host your site. There are lots of free hosting sites or hosting sites that cost very little money if you plan to be a free ezine like Stories for Children Magazine. I think it’s a little harder if you are going to charge for a subscription online. Most people surfing the web feel it should be free if it’s on the Internet. But there are some willing to pay a subscription and therefore you may want to go with a higher paying hosting site that can do some of the maintenance for you.