*Update 2/19/20: Highlights magazine is closed to new submissions and has extended its reading period through March 31, 2020. Any submissions received during this time period will be declined. Highlights magazine submissions that are currently in process will receive a decision by March 31. When we reopen for submissions on April 1, we will invite submissions on specific current needs only, which will be listed here.

Creative contributions from submitters younger than 16 should be mailed to Highlights, 803 Church Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. We do not accept work through Submittable (or through e-mail) from writers younger than 16.

Highlights is a general-interest magazine for children ages 6-12. By publishing stories, puzzles, articles, and activities that are fun and engaging, 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 a million and is published monthly.
 

Please upload only one manuscript or query per submission. We welcome multiple submissions, but we prefer that each be submitted separately.

  • We encourage writers to read several recent copies of Highlights before submitting work.
  • We pay on acceptance, and we buy all rights, including copyright. We do not consider previously published material.
  • For submissions that require research, please include references, interview transcripts or notes, correspondence with experts, and any other pertinent backup.
  • 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

We do not need fiction at this time.

Puzzles 

Instructions should be concise. Playful themes and language are welcome.

Current Needs

  • We need all kinds of puzzles at this time–word puzzles, visual puzzles, code puzzles, logic puzzles, and so on.
  • We especially need math puzzles that are fun and don't feel like schoolwork. For example, they might include a payoff or some enticing tidbit that makes kids want to solve the puzzle.
  • Because we don't encourage kids to write in the magazine, we do not buy crossword or sudoku puzzles, word searches, and so on.
  • For visual puzzles, please include art notes or a rough sketch (rather than illustrations).

Payment: $40 and up

Crafts and Activities

Crafts and activities (including recipes, science experiments, and engineering projects) should have concise, numbered directions, around 4 to 6 steps. Please submit step-by-step photos of a well-made sample of the project.

Materials should be inexpensive and easy to obtain.

Crafts and recipes that celebrate holidays and religious traditions are welcome.

Current Needs

  • Crafts from various cultures that include a few contextual sentences that have been reviewed by an expert
  • Games kids can make
  • STEM activities (For an example, see “Dragonfly Fishing” from the September 2019 issue of Highlights.)
  • Interesting, easy- to intermediate-level recipes

Payment: $40 and up

My Sci submissions

Current Needs

Photo-based features

Queries should include the topic, the specific angle you plan to take, and the credentials of an expert you plan to ask for a review.

Subject should lend itself well to a great photo–science “eye-candy”–to intrigue young readers. Photos do not need to be provided by the author, but the author should consider how the text might drive the choice of photo. (For example, if text about a beehive focuses on what happens inside the hive, we may not be able to find the required strong, quality image of a hive’s interior.)

If the query receives a favorable response, please follow these guidelines:

  • Word limit: 100-175, which includes a short introductory paragraph and four or five full-sentence image labels. Text should have a tight focus. Labels should not merely name parts of a subject but should tell about the science involved.
  • Expert review required. (Tip: You might locate potential reviewers by contacting authors of pertinent peer-reviewed research papers.)
  • We especially need non-animal subjects at this time.

Payment: $75 and up

Nonfiction Articles

We are accepting only detailed queries at this time. Queries should include the proposed topic and focus as well as a list of sources and potential interview subjects.

If the query receives a favorable response, please follow these guidelines:

  • Articles for beginning readers should have fewer than 400 words. 
  • Articles for independent readers should have fewer than 700 words.
  • We prefer research based on firsthand experience, consultation with experts, and 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.
  • For interviews with contemporary subjects, we welcome Q&A format.
  • Digital images, if included, should be no less than 300 dpi.

Payment: $175 and up

Cartoons 

Cartoons 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.

Current Needs

  • Cartoons that are fresh, original, and geared to kids.
  • We do not need cartoons with adult characters at this time.

Payment: $40 and up for black-and-white; $50 and up for full-color

Verse 

Current Needs

  • We are buying verse sparingly at this time.
  • We welcome poems that celebrate holidays of various cultures and religions.

Payment: $40 and up


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

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