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