Boyds Mills Press has been sold to Kane Press. Please feel welcome to resubmit your manuscript or your book to the publisher of the newly formed Boyds Mills & Kane, Juliana Lauletta at submissions@bmkbooks.com.

*Update 6/1/19: Highlights magazine is closed for a reading period from June 1 through August 31, 2019. Any submissions received during this time period will be declined. Highlights magazine submissions that are currently in process will receive a decision by August 31, 2019. When we reopen for submissions on September 1, we will invite submissions on specific current needs only, which will be listed here.

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. 


High Five publishes stories, poems, nonfiction work, crafts, recipes, and science activities that support the curiosity and social and emotional development of children ages 2-6.  

  •  We are especially interested in nonfiction pieces appropriate for our readers. Nonfiction should include a bibliography or consultation with experts.
  • We are accepting poems for the poem puzzle page only. Ideally, these poems should not exceed 12 lines.
  • Stories 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 four scenes. Please keep your stories to approximately 170 words.  
  • Crafts, recipes, and nonfiction activities should be designed so that most children can do all the steps with limited help from an adult. Materials or ingredients should be easy to find. 

We accept only one manuscript per submission. We do not accept previously published works or simultaneous submissions. 

Please submit each manuscript only once, to the most appropriate Highlights magazine, keeping in mind the different age ranges. The editors work together closely and will share a manuscript if they feel it's better suited to a different magazine. 

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

Highlights Hello is a magazine for loving adults to share with infants and toddlers ages 0-2. The majority of our subscribers are ages 1-2. Texts must be developmentally appropriate for the child yet fun for the read-aloud adult as well. We love simple humor, wordplay, or a gentle surprise on a level the toddler can grasp.

Hello manuscripts occasionally go up to 50 words, but we strongly prefer shorter texts for our very young audience. We like to average about 2 to 3 short lines of text per page.

Issue contents have been assigned through 2019. We have not yet set issue themes for 2020 but we are still accepting a limited number of manuscripts that we find irresistible. 

We accept only text through Submittable. Please do NOT send art samples.

Please note that if we decline a submission, we delete your manuscript file. You can be assured that we never keep copies of creative work that we have not purchased.

Moratorium on Highlights Hidden Pictures® Submissions

Updated: 5.15.2017

Dear Illustrators,

Thank you to everyone who has contributed Hidden Pictures puzzles to Highlights through Submittable. Because of your great work, we now have enough Hidden Pictures puzzles in our files to fill all our currently planned projects.

Therefore, for the time being, we are placing a moratorium on new submissions. We are still in the process of reviewing all submissions sent prior to the moratorium, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to respond to these submissions.

Thank you again for your interest in Highlights and in our Hidden Pictures puzzles. When we open submissions again, we will place a notice here.

Best wishes,

The Highlights Hidden Pictures Team

Highlights