General Information

Lively, original approaches to the subject are the primary concerns of the editors of FACES in choosing material. Writers are encouraged to study recent past copies for content and style. (Sample copies are available for viewing at the Cricket Media Store, where you can also purchase a current issue.) Issues are also available at many local libraries. All material must relate to the theme of a specific upcoming edition in order to be considered (themes and deadlines given below). FACES purchases all rights to material.



Feature Articles

700–800 words

Includes: in-depth nonfiction highlighting an aspect of the featured culture, interviews, and personal accounts.


Supplemental Nonfiction

300–600 words

Includes: subjects directly and indirectly related to the theme. Editors like little-known information but encourage writers not to overlook the obvious.



Up to 800 words

Includes: Retold legends, folktales, stories, and original plays from around the world, etc., relating to the theme.



Up to 700 words

Includes: crafts, games, recipes, projects, etc., which children can do either alone or with adult supervision. Should be accompanied by sketches and description of how activity relates to theme.


Puzzles and Games

(No crossword puzzles.) Word puzzles using the vocabulary of the edition’s theme. Mazes and picture puzzles that relate to the theme.



In order for your idea to be considered, a query must accompany each individual idea (multiple queries can be submitted at the same time) and must include the following:


  • A brief cover letter stating the subject and word length of the proposed article.
  • A detailed one-page outline explaining the information to be presented in the article.
  • An extensive bibliography of materials the author intends to use in preparing the article.


Authors are urged to use primary resources and up-to-date scholarly resources in their bibliography. Writers new to FACES should send a writing sample with the query. If you would like to know whether your query has been received, please indicate in your subject line with “RESPONSE REQUESTED.” In all correspondence, please include your complete address as well as an email address and telephone number where you can be reached. Authors are requested to supply a 2- to 3-line biographical sketch.


A writer may send as many queries for one edition as he or she wishes, but each query must have a separate cover letter, outline, and bibliography.


Please do not send unsolicited manuscripts. Queries only!


Note: Queries may be submitted at any time, but queries sent well in advance of deadline MAY NOT BE ANSWERED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. Requests for material proposed in queries are usually sent five months prior to publication date. Due to the volume of submissions received, unused queries will not be acknowledged. Email queries to:


Art Submissions


See our submission guidelines for artists.



Faces 2016-2017 Issue Theme Chart


September 2016

Description: Cambodia

Query Deadline: April 25, 2016


October 2016

Description: Dogs

Query Deadline: May 23, 2016


November/December 2016

Description: Austria

Query Deadline: June 20, 2016


January 2017

Description: Morocco

Query Deadline: July 25, 2016


February 2017

Description: Great Rivers of the World

Query Deadline: August 29, 2016


March 2017

Description: Mexico

Query Deadline: September 26, 2016


April 2017

Description: Great Cities of the World: Sydney, Australia

Query Deadline: October 31, 2016


May/June 2017

Description: Festivals Around the World

Query Deadline: December 1, 2016


July/August 2017

Description: National Heritage Award Winners Collaboration with Smithsonian Institution


September 2017

Description: Puerto Rico

Query Deadline: January 9, 2017


October 2017

Description: Horses

Query Deadline: February 20, 2017


November/December 2017

Description: Greece

Query Deadline: March 20, 2017