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A Contest for Writers of Children’s Stories.

Posted on: September 23, 2009


It is my belief that with the competitive nature that exist in the writing field a writer should take advantage of any opportunities that they can to get their work accepted.

Highlights Fiction ContestGUIDELINES



Fiction based on a true story from your family.


Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua.


All entries must be postmarked between January 1 and January 31, 2010.


No entry form or fee is required.

*Entrants must be at least 16 years old at the time of submission.

We welcome work from both published and unpublished authors. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

Stories may be any length up to 750 words. Stories for beginning readers should not exceed 475 words. Indicate the word count in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.

No crime, violence, or derogatory humor.

Entries not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be returned.

Manuscripts or envelopes should be clearly marked FICTION CONTEST. Those not marked in this way will be considered as regular submissions to Highlights.


Highlights for Children
803 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431


The three winning entries will be announced on in June 2010. These stories will become the property of Highlights for Children and will be published by Highlights. All other submissions will be considered for purchase by Highlights.

* We’re sorry that we cannot consider contest entries from children under the age of 16. Young writers are welcome to submit their work for consideration elsewhere in the magazine. Guidelines are available on

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5 Responses to "A Contest for Writers of Children’s Stories."

Found the text ambiguously aimed at readers: what age? what type of writing or story is expected? I know we can go further, but this part made it not so attractive to do so. Also, the level of detail on how to send in a manuscript seems more appropriate once the reader knows whether they are included or interested in the contest at all, not on this first page, and the “Contributor Guidelines” link doesn’t seem to be activated. Perhaps I didn’t understand how to use the text and tabs. Thank you for letting us feed back!

M.E. Chatwin,

First let me apologize for the confusion. Hopefully the blog post today will help clear some things up.

I took the contest guidelines directly from Highlights For Children’s Magazine website, so I had no control on what they wrote in the guidelines. However, maybe I can clarify some things in my blog post today as well as in my reply to you.

Highlights is a magazine for the ages of three to twelve year old children. The magazine has fiction stories, nonfiction articles, hidden items in a picture, rebus, poems, puzzles and crafts to make. Writers wishing to submit may choose between writing for a younger age group (ages 3-7) by writing their work within the 500 word count limits established by the magazine or works for older children, ages 8-12, that must be under the 800 word count limit. From what I understand from writers I know Highlights is a stickler for word counts. They also suggest that you read back issues of their magazine to make sure your work fits in with what they publish.

I would quess and it is only an educated guess, that the ages to write for and the word count limits would be comparable. . . except that the contest clearly states no more than 475/ 750 words for the different age groups they listed. In various articles/my market research, I’ve read on Highlights and the contest they have hosted in previous years, they try to give the writers as many options are they can by making the contest’s theme a general one.

Details on how to submit for many magazines including Highlights For Children can be found in Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers 2010. I tried to make this link in this section work but couldn’t figure how to do it. I am new at blogging, so please forgive my lack of resources in the technical aspect of this. So, you can just cut and paste the website address in. It’s

I hope this helps. Feel free to send me any other questions. I’ll do my best to help answer what I can.

Peg Finley/peg366

M. E. Chatwin, is another website address that might help.

Peg Finley/peg366

I am due to start my finals for a ba Hons degree in graphic design, specialising in illustration. I would really like to link up with writers of children’s short stories. I know of no writers and am hoping for someone to help. I am willing to illustrate for free with all rights of work staying with the author. This would be for course work alone with possability of publication should it be agreed with writer. Writers please help. Jennifer

Dear Jennifer,

I’m not an illustrator so I might not be much help but my suggestions would be to send samples of your work to online children’s magazine to see if you could get them accepted there.

The pay might not be that much but it will get you some illustration credits. Some online magazines for children give you the details on submitting on their websites.

Best wishes on your graphic arts career.


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