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There appears to be some confusion about the contest guidelines for the 2010 Fiction Contest at Highlights from a reader. (I have already previously done a post on the contest itself.)
Highlights for Children Magazines is for readers (children) between the ages of three and twelve years of age. The magazine features fiction stories, nonfiction articles, rebus, hidden picture activites, crafts, fingerplay and puzzles. The word count limits are (3-7years of age ) 500 words and (8-12 years of age )800 words.
However, the guidelines for the contest are different from their regular submission guidelines. For more clarification, please go to their website at www.HighlightsFoundation.org or http://www.highlights.com/about-us.
Here are their submission guidelines for all submissions.
For a printable version of the Editorial Guidelines, click here.
“This magazine of wholesome fun is dedicated to helping children grow in basic skills and knowledge, in creativeness, in ability to think and reason, in sensitivity to others, in high ideals and worthy ways of living–for children are the world’s most important people.”
Highlights for Children is a general-interest, advertising-free magazine for children up to age twelve. It was founded in 1946 by Dr. Garry Cleveland Myers and Caroline Clark Myers, and is still owned and run by their family. The magazine has no religious or organizational affiliation. Highlights has a circulation of about two million and is published monthly.
- We encourage writers to read several recent copies of Highlights before submitting work. A sample copy will be sent on request.
- We do not accept submissions by e-mail or fax.
- We pay for all material on acceptance.
- We buy all rights, including copyright, and do not consider previously published material.
- Generally we prefer to see a manuscript rather than a query. However, we will review queries regarding nonfiction.
- We accept material at any time of the year, including seasonal material.
- Each submission must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
- We do not pay writers younger than sixteen years old for their work. Guidelines for young writers will be sent on request.
- To find a listing of our current needs, guidelines for illustrators, and Fiction Contest guidelines, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Send submissions to
Highlights for Children
803 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
FICTION should have an engaging plot, strong characterization, a specific setting, and lively language. No series or continuing stories.
- Stories for younger readers (ages three to seven) should have 500 words or fewer and should not seem babyish to older readers.
- Stories for older readers (ages eight to twelve) should have 800 words or fewer and should be appealing to younger readers if read aloud.
- Frequent needs include humor, mystery, sports, holiday, and adventure stories; retellings of traditional tales; stories with urban settings; and stories that feature world cultures.
- For stories that require research, such as historical fiction, please send photocopies of key pages in references and of any correspondence with experts.
- We prefer characters that set a positive example.
- We avoid stories that preach.
- We avoid suggestions of crime and violence.
- We seldom buy rhyming stories.
- Payment: $150 and up.
REBUS STORIES, geared toward beginning readers, should feature a variety of familiar words that can easily be shown as pictures.
- Rebuses should have 120 words or fewer.
- Rebuses with a surprise or twist at the end often work best.
- Payment: $100 and up.
VERSE, which is purchased sparingly, is rarely longer than sixteen lines and should be meaningful for young readers.
Payment: $25 and up.
NONFICTION includes science, arts, biography, autobiography, sports, world cultures, economics, service/self-help, careers, adventure, and history.
- All articles should have 800 words or fewer.
- Nonfiction articles geared to our younger readers (ages three to seven) are especially welcome. These should not exceed 500 words.
- Articles with a tight focus are most successful.
- We prefer research based on firsthand experience, consultation with experts, or primary sources.
- Articles about cultural traditions and ways of life should reflect a deep understanding of the subject.
- Biographies of individuals who have made significant artistic, scientific, or humanitarian contributions are strengthened by the inclusion of formative childhood experiences.
- We prefer biographies that are rich in quotes and anecdotes and that place the subject in a historical and cultural context.
- Complete bibliographies as well as photocopies of key pages in references must be included.
- Color 35mm slides, photos, or art-reference materials are helpful and sometimes crucial in evaluating submissions. Digital images should be no less than 300 dpi.
- We encourage authors to have their articles reviewed by an expert before submission. Please include the expert’s response.
- Payment: $150 and up.
CRAFTS should appeal to boys and girls of a wide age range.
- Crafts should have concise, numbered directions. They typically should have three to five steps.
- A well-made sample should be included with each craft idea. If this is not feasible, then a photo or detailed illustration would help.
- Project materials should be inexpensive and easy to obtain.
- Projects should result in attractive and useful gifts, toys, games, or decorations.
- Crafts that celebrate holidays or religious traditions are welcome.
- Frequent needs include crafts that result in games, crafts from world cultures, and crafts that appeal to boys.
- Payment: $25 and up.
FINGER PLAYS and ACTION RHYMES should have plenty of action and minimal text. They must be easy for very young children to act out, step by step. Include directions for hand, finger, or body movements.
Payment: $25 and up.
PUZZLES should not require readers to write in the magazine; therefore, no crosswords, word searches, and so on. We welcome visual puzzles, math puzzles, and code activities.
Payment: $25 and up.
GALLANT KIDS articles should have 400 words or fewer. They should focus on children who are serving others through unique, interesting, kid-generated projects.
Payment: $150 and up.
PICTURE PUZZLER ideas should be primarily visual and include little text. These puzzles, featured on the inside back cover of the magazine, can include photos, drawings, or detailed art suggestions for a full-page illustration. Original board games that can be played on the page are welcome. Picture Puzzlers should not require readers to write in the magazine. Ideas should be original and should appeal to boys and girls of a wide age range.
Payment: $50 and up.
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|From:||Highlights Foundation (email@example.com)|
|Sent:||Mon 9/28/09 12:13 PM|
Here at the Highlights Foundation (HF), we’re always interested in getting into the heads of published authors and sharing their insights with other writers. We decided to ask YA novelist Rich Wallace a few questions to ferret out some insider info that can help you reach your writing goals.
HF: These days, what do you think it takes to get a first YA novel published?
Rich: Above all, perseverance. In this economy, things are tight, but great novels are still getting published. With even more competition for those few spots on publishers’ lists, it’s more important than ever to really hook the editor with interest, surprise, and emotion right up front.
HF: If you could share only one snippet of hard-earned knowledge with YA writers, what would it be?
Rich: Don’t ever talk down to your reader.
HF: What do you see as the benefits for writers in taking workshops with published authors?
Rich: In a small-group setting, you get to ask those perplexing questions in a relaxed atmosphere and get a personal response. The real key is that supportive attention from an author as well as the others in the group. I find that a lot of the learning comes from group discussions.
HF: Thanks, Rich! We really appreciate that an author with more than twenty books to his credit would share tips with other writers.
Award-winning author Rich Wallace has been nurturing writers to define their voices while carving out a strong list of works himself. Since penning Wrestling Sturbridge, voted a top 100 best sports book of the twentieth century, Wallace has gone on to write more than twenty novels, all of which are still in print. Heralded as an important voice in literature for boys, Wallace’s range spans from chapter books to YA novels. His middle-grade series, The Winning Season, is a perennial best seller.
If you’d like to learn more from Rich, he will be teaching WRITING NOVELS FOR YOUNG ADULTS for the Highlights Foundation from November 12-15, 2009. The workshop takes place near Honesdale, Pennsylvania, at the homeplace of the Founders of Highlights for Children. Founders workshops pamper writers with airport chauffer service, cozy cabins, a top-notch chef, and an intimate teaching setting in the living room of the Founders of Highlights for Children!
For more information, visit www.highlightsfoundation.org. Please feel free to share this e-mail with others who might find it of interest.
I wish I wasn’t so ill prepared to do the technical stuff. My mission in the next few months is to learn more about what is available so I don’t feel so bad when I don’t know how to do something. RSS entries, how to add pictures and videos, and uploading from a computer site to my blog are things that I find challenging.
M—-, my latest pb main character is progressing nicely.
I should be posting my interview with an author sometimes this week. Check back for it.
Critiquing for nonfiction critique group almost done for a couple days.
Spending some time thanking fellow chatters for some great book titles to share with my nephew.
Checking out a friend’s blog.
Resting for the upcoming week.
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|Sent:||Fri 9/25/09 4:53 PM|
—- The Word Pool Newsletter – September 2009 —-
I’m sorry we haven’t sent a newsletter lately. We had a long break over the
summer while I finished off my new series – Amy Wild – Animal Talker – and
explored the delights of Russia. Now the series is ready to be published
next month, we feel refreshed and ready to start working on the site again.
CHOOSING CHILDREN’S BOOKS
The War and Peace page has been getting rather long so we’ve now created two
new pages – one on the First World War and one on the Second. That’s let us
move several reviews of books about the Second World War to a new home.
The War and Peace page is now for books about more general issues and about
Sometimes we decide to create a new page just to make a home for a book we
love and that’s what happened with Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’. We loved
it so much that we found a couple of other books about the First World War
to go with it.
We’ve also added a fast moving story to our page about books with a disabled
WRITING FOR CHILDREN
Getting an agent is a major problem for new writers so we’re delighted to
have some hints on how to do it, written by an agent.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG WRITERS
We’re often asked for advice on helping children who want to write so we’re
pleased to be able to tell you about a new writing competition. It’s run by
Usborne Children’s Books and asks children to finish a story started by one
of their authors. The closing date is 23 October so there’s still time to
ORGANISING SCHOOL VISITS
If you’re busy planning Book Week for your school or a workshop for your
writers’ group, you might like to look at our other site that helps you
locate authors willing to give talks.
That’s all for now. I’ll try to do another update soon as I’ve got other
reviews waiting to go online and the new christmas books are just coming in.
For a new writer who is just getting started as well as the experienced one, CBI Clubhouse is the site to join. Check it out at:
From challenging oneself by completing exercises to develop your talents to sharing your good and not so good news, the CBI Clubhouse has something for everyone.
There is a message board where you can find other writers in your area that might want to join a critique group.
There are five Modules up currently that will help writers develop ther skills. Both Jon and Laura as well as the regular visitors to the site answer questions in a clear and concise manner.
Module 1. Finding Your Passion.
Module 2. Developing your Story Idea.
Module 3. Making Time to Write.
Module 4. Laying the Foundations for your Plot and Main Characters.
Module 5. I have a correction to add here. According to the September issue of Children’s Book Insider the module is titled Building Your Protagonist, One Layer at a Time, not Developing Your Main Characters.
Those are just a few of the many features that are found at the Clubhouse. You can download this months Children’s Book Insider which is full of interviews, video pods, tips on writing, as well as events taking place in the industry overall.
Check it out and tell them Peg366 sent you.