Please note: We do not accept work through Submittable (or through e-mail) from writers younger than 16. Young writers and artists may send their work to: Highlights for Children, 803 Church Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Highlights is a general-interest magazine for children ages 6-12. By publishing stories, puzzles, articles, and activities that are fun and engaging (and secretly purposeful!), we aim to inspire kids to be their best selves - creative, curious, caring, and confident. Highlights was founded in 1946 by Dr. Garry Cleveland Myers and Caroline Clark Myers, and is still owned and run by their family. The magazine accepts no outside advertising and has no religious or organizational affiliation. 
Highlights has a circulation of about 1.2 million and is published monthly.

  • Please upload only one manuscript per submission. We welcome multiple submissions, but we prefer that each be submitted separately. Please include your name as you would like it to appear in your byline.
  • We encourage writers to read several recent copies of Highlights before submitting work. Writers can also visit HighlightsKids.com to see examples of previously published content.
  • We pay on acceptance, and we buy all rights, including copyright. We do not consider previously published material.
  • We accept material at any time of the year, including seasonal material.
  • For submissions that require research, please include references and correspondence with experts.
  • Please note that after declining a submission, we delete your manuscript file. In this way, you can be assured that we are not keeping or storing creative work that we have not purchased.

Fiction should have an engaging plot, strong characterization, a specific setting, and lively language.

  • Stories for beginning readers should have fewer than 475 words and should not seem babyish to older readers. 
  • Stories for independent readers should have fewer than 750 words and should be appealing to younger readers if read aloud.
  • Rebus stories should have fewer than 100 words and feature a variety of familiar words that can easily be shown as pictures.
  • We accept all genres appropriate for young readers (no romance, crime, or violence).
  • Payment: $175 and up.

Verse is purchased sparingly at the moment. However, if you'd like to submit poetry, it should be appealing to kids and no longer than about 16 lines. We look for poetry of all genres and types, but we are currently most in need of non-rhyming verse, humorous poems, and holiday-themed poems. We are buying very little nature-themed poetry at this time. Payment: $40 and up.

Nonfiction can include science, arts, sports, how-to's, world cultures, history, What a Pro Knows articles, and Gallant Kids articles.

  • Articles for beginning readers should have fewer than 400 words. 
  • Articles for independent readers should have fewer than 750 words.
  • Articles with a tight focus are most successful. We prefer research based on firsthand experience, consultation with experts, or primary sources.
  • Articles about cultural traditions and ways of life should reflect a deep understanding of the subject.
  • We prefer biographies that are rich in quotes and anecdotes and that place the subject in a historical or cultural context.
  • Digital images should be no less than 300 dpi.
  • Payment: $175 and up.

Crafts can include gifts, toys, games, and decorations. They should appeal to boys and girls.

  • Crafts should have concise, numbered directions, up to 5 steps.
  • Please submit step-by-step photos of a well-made sample of the craft.
  • Craft materials should be inexpensive and easy to obtain.
  • Crafts that celebrate holidays, cultures, or religious traditions are welcome.
  • Payment: $40 and up.

Puzzles should not require readers to write in the magazine (no crosswords or word searches). Our current needs include math puzzles, code activities, and visual puzzles. Word puzzles and logic puzzles are purchased more sparingly at the moment. Puzzle instructions should be concise, but playful themes and language are welcome. For visual puzzles, please include puzzle instructions and art suggestions. Payment: $40 and up.

Cartoons should be fresh, original, and geared to kids. They can be single-panel or multiple-panel, black-and-white or full-color, with or without a caption, and with either human or animal characters. 
Payment: $40 and up for black-and-white, $50 and up for full-color.

For more tips and information of interest to writers, visit www.HighlightsFoundation.org.

High Five stories and poems should support the social and emotional development of children ages 2-6.  We are looking for stories and poems that can be read aloud to our youngest readers, and can also be read alone by our older, beginning readers. Rhyme, repetition and patterned texts are particularly welcome.

Stories should be 170 words or less. The topics should be age-appropriate, with settings, characters, and plots that will be familiar to young children. Remember that illustrations can provide many descriptive details, giving you room in the text for dialogue and at least four or more scenes.  

Please upload only one poem or story per submission. On the first page of each manuscript, please include your name as you would like it to appear in your byline. We welcome multiple works, but each one needs to be submitted separately. We do not accept previously published works. 

Please note that after declining a submission, we delete your manuscript file. In this way, you can be assured that we are not keeping or storing creative work that we have not purchased.

Please note: We do not accept work through Submittable (or through e-mail) from writers younger than 16. Learn more about the Highlights guidelines for young writers and artists at: https://www.highlightskids.com/send-us-your-creative-work

High Five Bilingue stories and poems must be well-written pieces that work in both English and Spanish. They should support the social and emotional development of children ages 2-6. The topics should be age-appropriate, with settings, characters, and plots that will be familiar to young children living in the U.S. And because we are supporting the acquisition of a second language, repetition of vocabulary and patterned texts are especially welcome.  

We do not accept word-for-word translations into the second language. If you are a native Spanish speaker, you may submit a story or poem in Spanish; we will have it translated if we accept your piece for publication. If you are bilingual and submit your piece in both languages and we find it acceptable, we will pay you for the Spanish and the English manuscripts.

Please upload only one poem or story per submission. On the first page of each manuscript, please include your name as you would like it to appear in your byline.

Please note that after declining a submission, we delete your manuscript file. In this way, you can be assured that we are not keeping or storing creative work that we have not purchased.

Highlights Hello is entering its fifth year, and plans are underway for a new, updated look. We will retain the warm, kindly Highlights voice and some familiar, traditional illustration styles. At the same time, we want to add more playfulness and whimsy with a twenty-first-century look. We are seeking manuscripts we can illustrate with colorful graphics, photos, and mixed media. 

The majority of our subscribers are between two and three years old. We need more material for mobile toddlers who are curious and active all day long. We have plenty of “sweet baby” poems about cuddling, bathing, and going to sleep. Infants also enjoy lively looking and listening pieces that enhance their interactions with their own world. 

For stories, we need more prose. While we still accept rhyming stories, every diet needs variety. Stories are four pages long and develop a simple narrative arc in just a couple of short sentences per page. 

For poems, we’d love more word play on a level toddlers can grasp. We’re also seeking participation poems. Most toddlers aren’t ready for fine-motor finger plays but we love gross-motor action rhymes.

We are eagerly looking for fun, active, lively songs in two categories:

1. Rap. (Surprised? Don’t be. Rap was recently called “the prevailing pop idiom of our time” by the Washington Post.) Here’s an example from an upcoming issue of Hello:

Ring-a-ding-ding, get ready to SING.

Ring-a-ding-dong, it’s time for a SONG.

How many ways can you sing while you PLAY?

When you’re outside, SHOUT far and wide!

To play hide ’n’ seek, WHISPER and sneak.

Rum-a-dum-dum, let’s hear you HUM.

Ring-a-ding-ding, once again: SING.

2. New words to familiar tunes. This is tricky, because the new words must match the original tune both metrically and in the placement of emphasis. In choosing a tune, please avoid the obvious. Everyone uses “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” and “Are You Sleeping?” What OTHER nursery songs do your children or grandchildren know?

All submissions must be sent through Submittable. One the first page of each manuscript, please include your name as you would like it to appear in your byline. Please upload only one poem or story per submission. We welcome multiple works, but each one needs to be submitted separately.

Please note that after declining a submission, we delete your manuscript file. In this way, you can be assured that we are not keeping or storing creative work that we have not purchased.

Welcome to the Highlights Hidden Pictures® Illustrations page on Submittable. Here, you will be able to upload your sketches, receive and send comments, and upload final art and invoices—all in one convenient location.

Please start by setting up an account, below.

The following downloadable information about Hidden Pictures illustrations is available here: https://highlights.box.com/s/p7o1lilcc66q5n7h1yx8ox4w413g36au

● Detailed Hidden Pictures illustration guidelines

● Sample Hidden Pictures artwork

● List of commonly used hidden objects

● Hidden Pictures Digital Specifications