Thank you for your interest in contributing to our family of award-winning children’s magazines! We seek to publish the finest quality writing and illustration for children of all ages. Our readers share an alert curiosity about the world around them and a delight in artistic expression.


To learn more about submitting writing and art to our magazines, follow the links below. NOTE: We no longer accept hard copy submissions. For BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, ASK, CRICKET, and CICADA, please submit online via our Submittable page, where you’ll find guidelines and submission Forms.


Literary Magazines

Illustrated poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction for ages 6 months – 14 years and up


Our literary magazines welcome submissions from writers of every level of experience. Please do not submit the same piece to multiple literary magazines. If a submission to one magazine is more appropriate for another, we will pass it on to that magazine’s editor. To learn more about submitting writing and art to our literary magazines, follow the links below.


Active Calls for Submissions

  • Knights and Castles
  • Flash Fiction

Cricket Media is committed to a diverse literary culture, and we welcome works by writers from underrepresented groups (people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, and other marginalized peoples).


Our literary magazines do not post theme lists.


Nonfiction Magazines

Science, technology, culture, social studies, and ideas for ages 3 and up


Our science, social studies, and discovery magazines seek writers with subject expertise. Those interested in writing for these magazines should submit a resume and several writing samples.



Writing and Art by Children and Young Adults

Children of all ages can submit stories, poetry, essays, and art to contests that run in our magazines.


Our magazines do not accept general submissions from children under the age of 14. Young adults ages 14 and up can submit writing, art, and comics to Cicada magazine.


Many magazines do publish student work. See listings at the Young Authors Guide.