Welcome to Stone Soup's Submittable Page!

Submittable is the place where kids 13 and younger (or their parents or teachers) can upload submissions to Stone Soup Magazine. Simply click on the appropriate category below and follow the instructions. If you have questions, contact editor Emma Wood at editor@stonesoup.com.

To cover our costs for online submissions, we charge a fee of $3.00 each for stories and poems (no fee for book reviews, artwork, or other categories). We also offer a classroom option, where teachers may submit up to 10 stories or poems for a fee of $10.00. See other options for submitting your work here: http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/

What Is Stone Soup? 

Founded in 1973, Stone Soup is the leading national (and international) magazine of writing and art by kids 13 and younger. Published 6 times a year, Stone Soup is available in both print and digital formats. Stories, poems, book reviews, and artwork -- we welcome submissions throughout the year from young writers and artists.

Detailed Guidelines

On our website, we provide detailed guidelines, as well as answers to your Frequently Asked Questions:

Ends on September 1, 2017

Do you want your drawing, painting, or photograph on the cover of Stone Soup?

We are offering a $25 Amazon gift certificate and a years' free subscription to the magazine to the winner of our first ever Stone Soup Cover Contest!

The rules are simple: create a visual response to one (or all) of the following excerpts from stories that will be published in a future issue of Stone Soup and submit it via Submittable

The winning image must be a complete picture, with no white space left on the page. Just as when you look out at the world, so your art should fill the whole page with detail.

Each of the passages we've chosen are rich with visual detail. Your job is to choose the part of the visual image that appeals to you the most, and that you feel confident you can represent in art. You may make a painting, a drawing, or a photograph. If taking a photograph interests you, one approach might be to recreate a scene from the story, using friends, family, or even a pet, as your models.

The contest will close September 1, 2017. You maybe submit up to three images (one for each passage).

June 2017 Cover Contest Passages

"The Man on the Bench,"  by Ella Glodeck

As she skipped across the sidewalk to catch up to Maggie, she saw the old, blind man sitting on the dirty, tattered bench outside the Rite Aid.  His ripped wool hat was lying upside down in front of him.  His pursed lips slid the side of a harmonica in his hands, a beautiful tune. Helen couldn’t help but wonder why he decided to sit on that old, dirty bench, getting the remains of his clothes all muddy.  She looked inside the upside down hat and saw one penny laying there, almost lonesome.  Helen reached her hand down to the bottom of her back pocket and slowly pulled out the fifty cents that she planned on using for her blueberry Pop Rocks, and dropped it into the almost empty hat.

"We No Longer Go Outside," by Stella Lin

Sunrays pour into the old slider window, illuminating the white-washed walls of the bedroom; posters and certificates are plastered on the opposite wall, their color faded from years of sun. A little girl is curled up in bed, clutching the blankets in fitful sleep. I sigh and gaze through the window at the pale blue sky, which is undisturbed by occasional clouds. Outside, the leaves of the cherry blossom tree slowly wave in the breeze, and the birds continue their constant chatter. “Let’s go play,” I whimper as I lick Sarah’s face.
“Oh, Hua Hua, you want to go play?” Sarah asks; her face reveals a solemn expression.
“Play!” I bark, wagging my tail.
“I’m sorry,” she replies, and lies back down.
I rest my chin on my paws, and Sarah pulls me close to her chest as she lazily strokes my white fur.

"Paradise?," by Kaya Simcoe

As I look around me, surveying my surroundings, everything seems different. The sunlight that is spilling onto the ocean sparkles like a thousand gems, and I’m lead to wonder if there actually are a thousand gems floating on the clear surface. The palm trees sweep over me, like protectors, never tiring of providing me shade. A seagull whooshes over me, bringing freedom to my body, also. The sand softly crunches under my feet, a million grains smushed per footprint. Yet, the tide washes them away, so I’m here, but there is no proof that I ever came.

Ends on October 20, 2017
We are accepting recipe submissions for our "Food" themed December issue.

For the most information, please read our post on Writing Recipes. The basic instructions are here. But there is more information in the post. The only length limit is for the headnote. The story that goes with the recipe -- the story that is about the recipe -- should be no longer than 250 words. Your recipe will be tested. So, please make sure you have tested it several times reading your own instructions. 

Here is the format we would like your recipe submission to be in.
  1. Recipe title.
  2. The Headnote. Maximum 250 words. Many cookbooks use a recipe format that includes what they call a "headnote." The headnote is a little story. You can think of it as a short short story. What you say there is really up to you, the recipe author. You can talk about how the dish is your favorite. You an tell about the first time you tasted it. Or smelled it. Or made it. Or, you can give some advice about the recipe. For example, if there is a tricky part you can talk about it here. Whatever you say, you should think of the headnote as a little jewel.
  3. The list of ingredients. This is where you say what goes into a recipe, and usually, how much of it that is needed. But, there is leeway here. For example, if you are writing a recipe for fried chicken, you can say, butter or oil for frying. If making crepes you could say, add milk to make a thin batter. On the other hand, you can also give exact measurements for everything.
  4. Instructions. The instructions are step-by-step procedures that need to be followed to make the recipe work. One way to think about it as you write them is that you are talking to a friend. You are standing next to a friend in a kitchen explaining to the friend what to do. If, in the list of ingredients your recipe called for 2 eggs, then in the instructions you might say, "Break two eggs into a bowl and mix." Depending now what you are making, you might say, "Break two eggs into a bow and mix until light and fluffy." In other words, tell people what they need to do. Flour and milk mixed together can be lumpy. If the batter needs to be smooth then say, "Mix until there are no more lump."

Basic Requirements for Stories

We consider stories on any subject, all year round, by writers 13 and younger. We will now consider stories longer than 2,500 words. There is no minimum length. 

Read Our Detailed Guidelines

To increase your chances of publication, please read the detailed guidelines on our website:


Basic Requirements for Poems

We consider poems on any subject, all year round, by writers 13 and younger. Most of the poems we publish are free-verse poems, not rhyming poems, but we are open to any kind of poetry. A good poem combines feelings and observations with beautiful language.

Please send us 3-5 poems in a single file. Only submit one batch of poems at a time and wait to resubmit until we have replied to your submissions. 

Read Our Detailed Guidelines

To increase your chances of publication, please read the detailed guidelines on our website:
We are looking for vivid and innovative drawings, photographs, paintings, collages, and prints to feature in the magazine.  All images should be complete scenes in color, filling the entire page.

Please upload a high-res image or scan. There is no maximum file size. We can accept all formats: jpeg, tiff, etc. You may submit up to five images at a time, but please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting more. 

All reviews must be at least 300 words and no more than 600 wordsThe purpose of a review is for you to tell others what, in your opinion, to expect. This means that you should tell us what the book, movie, TV show, or song is about, but it also means that we want you to go beyond a simple plot summary. 

Please begin by selecting a book from your library or bookstore. If possible, choose a book that was published within the last year or two. We also like to see reviews of children's classics.

Read the book carefully and think about what it means to you. We’re not particularly interested in a summary of the story. Instead, we want to know how the characters and situations in the story affect you personally. If there is any part of the story you find especially bad or good, write about that part. Have you had an experience similar to any in the story? If you have, write about your experience and how it compares with the one in the story. Whenever possible, back up the ideas you express in your review with examples from the book.

Poems: Do you have a favorite poem? Or maybe a poem you despise? Or maybe a poem you were just surprised to realize you liked?

If so, we want to hear from you! We are looking for reviews of single poems to go in our September poetry issue. (When I was young, I just loved "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll!) 

Guidelines: Reviews should be between 300-600 words. The best ones will explore aspects of the poem—what is about? are there images in it? is there rhyme? does it tell a story? are there any unusual words, or any interesting punctuation or spacing? what feeling does it leave you with?—and explain why you like it, perhaps connecting it to an idea or experience you have had, or maybe even another book or poem you have read.

You can write about any poem. In addition to "Jabberwocky," here are some more suggestions: 
We look forward to receiving your review!

Basic Requirements

We consider stories and poems on any subject, all year round, by writers 13 and younger. The maximum length for a Stone Soup story is 2,500 words. There is no minimum length.

Special Instructions for Teachers

Be sure that each entry includes the student's name, age, birthdate, address, parent's name, parent's email address, and parent's phone number in the header or on a cover page. Limit: 10 stories or poems per classroom submission.

Read Our Detailed Guidelines

To increase your chances of publication, please read the detailed guidelines on our website:

We are excited to announce that we are actively looking for writers to contribute regularly to our blog! Do have a lot to say about a single topic—sports, fashion, art, writing, books, music, animals, science, theater, travel, crafting, movies, tv shows, video games, something else? Would you be able to commit to writing for us once a month? If so, we want to hear from you!

Please write a sample post, of between 350-600 words. A blog post can be many different things. It can be a review, a reflection, a story, a how-to, an opinion piece, or an account. It can include pictures, diagrams, videos, maps, comics—you name it! 
Original music.

Music by young composers under the age of 18. The category is open to any music style including classical and jazz. 

Please upload the written music, if the music has been written down along with the best quality recording you can make. If you can make a video of the performance that should also be uploaded. A link to existing recordings at YouTube, Vimeo, or elsewhere on the internet may be provided in lieu of a fresh video just for us. 
Scratch/Little Bits: This is the category for computer-based multimedia projects. This includes Scratch projects, projects created with LittleBits, RaspberryPi or any other computer system or software/hardware combination that you have used creativity. The emphasis here is on creativity. Projects don't have to tell a story, but as story writing is very important to the Stone Soup project, we are definitely interested in narratives that you might be telling through Scratch or some other programming language. 

Video: Your video may be fiction or nonfiction. Both live action and animated videos are accepted for online publication and for the Stone Soup YouTube channel. We don't have a length limit, but if you are new to making films, we suggest you keep your video under five minutes. Videos often require teamwork. Please be sure to list in the credits all the people, including adults, who worked on the video. We only ask that the lead writers and directors be age fourteen or younger. 

Spoken Word: Read a poem or a story. You may send us a sound file or a video. You may read your own work, something you find at the Stone Soup Online website, or anything else that might appeal to you. We are looking for strong presentations. As we are looking for work to publish this means that sound quality is important. A brilliant reading with poor sound will not be accepted. Please test your sound before you make your finished recording.