Most children and young adult authors struggle with creating a history of previous publications, which is useful when trying to find an agent or publisher. Authors Publish has curated the following list of publishers looking for work aimed at children and teens to help you out.
These publications will help you create a history of publication in your area of expertise.
And if you feel weird about submitting to a magazine, don’t. Many famous writers got their start in journals like Cicada and Cricket.
Children and Teen Magazine’s to Submit to
This list of magazines is in no particular order. Most, but not all, of these publications are open for submission at this time.
This relatively new but respected literary journal accepts poetry and fiction submissions for kids between the ages of eight and 11. They accept submissions from all authors older than 16. Learn more here.
BALLOONS Literary Journal
Balloons is a new online journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and art that is primarily for young readers between 10 and 16. You can check out the full submission guidelines here.
Cricket Media’s Literary Journals
Their flagship publication, Cricket, publishes poetry and fiction for nine to 14-year-olds. However, they also have three other magazines called Babybug (for children six months to three years), Ladybug (three to six years), and Spider (six to nine years). You can see their submission guidelines here.
Cricket Media’s Nonfiction Magazines
Cricket Media publishes a variety of nonfiction magazines for children as well. This includes Click (science and discovery for ages three to seven), Ask (science and discovery for ages seven to 10), Muse (science and discovery for ages nine to 14), Cobblestone (American history for ages nine to 14), and Faces (world cultures and geography for ages nine to 14). You can see their submission guidelines here (scroll down).
*** Please note that some require querying first, and not all are open to unsolicited submissions.
Guardian Angel Kids
Guardian Angel Kids is a paying market that publishes articles, poems, activities, and short stories. Their extensive guidelines are online here. Their magazine is free, so it’s easy to get a good feel for what they publish.
This magazine published by the Boy Scouts is only interested in unsolicited nonfiction submissions, but they pay well (generally $1 per word). The intended readers are boys six to 17. Their guidelines are detailed, and you can download them here.
Highlights’ Publications is home to several magazines, including Highlights Magazine, Hello, and High Five. All three publications want stories, poems, crafts, and recipes, but they have different audiences in mind in terms of age. The magazines’ audience range starts at one and goes to 12. See their guidelines here.
US Kids Magazines
The publisher behind Jack and Jill (six to 12) and Humpty Dumpty (two to six) are open to work that appeals to contemporary kids from various backgrounds and reading levels. You can see their submission guidelines here. They are a paying market.
AQUiLA is a UK-based magazine that publishes work for eight to 13-year-olds, and they are seeking features and short stories. They are a paying market, but they primarily work with the same contributors. Read their full submission guidelines here or visit their main website here.
After Dinner Conversation
This electronic publication focuses mainly on work for adults, but they do include work that involves children in philosophical discussions. This is an example of the sort of children’s story they want. To learn more, click here. They are a paying market.
Fun For Kidz
Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids
They electronically publish short stories for children. They are a paying market and are interested in stories under 800 words in length. Read their full guidelines here.
This literary journal only publishes work for young adults. They regularly run contests, with fees attached, but are also always open for fee-free submissions. You can learn more here.
Blue Marble Review
This is the only literary journal on this list that only publishes work by individuals between 13 and 22. Blue Marble Review focuses on publishing creative nonfiction, poetry, and short stories written by and for teens and new adults. They pay all contributors. Read more here.
Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.
And if you are accepted at any of these magazines for children and teens, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.
Stay safe, everyone.
Until next time.