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 11 times a year, Stone Soup is a digital magazine that compiles the years' work into a printed annual, released in mid-November. Stories, poems, book reviews, artwork, multimedia -- we welcome submissions throughout the year from young writers and artists.

How do I submit?

On our website, we provide detailed guidelines, as well as answers to your Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/

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Ends on September 15, 2018

We are publishing recipes in our December Food issue. We suggest you read our post on Writing Recipes for detailed advice on writing a recipe: it's often a lot harder than you think!

Please submit a photo or two of the food along with your recipe. We'd like to see how it is supposed to look from the author's point of view. This could be a picture of your finished dish, or a step in the process, or both. We will test your recipe, and if we choose it, we may publish it with either your photos or ours.

Here is the format we would like your recipe submission to be in:

  1. Recipe title.
  2. The Headnote. Maximum 400 words. Many cookbooks use a recipe format that includes what they call a "headnote." The headnote is your own little story about the recipe.  You can talk about how and why 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.
  3. Ingredients. This is where you list what goes into a recipe, and usually, how much of it is needed, whether a general instruction (a splash of milk) or a very precise measurement (32.5 grams of sugar).
  4. Method/Instructions. The instructions are step-by-step procedures that need to be followed to make the recipe work. Imagine you are standing next to a friend in a kitchen explaining to 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;" or you might say, "Break two eggs into a bowl and mix until light and fluffy." In other words, tell people exactly what they need to do.
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For this contest, we want you to create a piece of visual art made with words. 

Swan 

Many readers understand a concrete poem to be a poem that takes the shape of itssubject—a poem about a swan in the shape of a swan, for instance.

Though that is certainly a type of concrete poem, a concrete poem can also be more than that. A concrete poem is a piece of art to which both the visual and the written element are essential. With just the image (no words), you lose something, just as with just the words (no image), you lose something. A concrete poem is one you need to see, not just hear! 

See the example below. It does not depict the outline of any recognizable shape. However, it is visually interesting, and the interplay between the words, letters, and the layout creates a piece of art.

Concrete 2 

Length: You may submit a packet of 1-3 poems per entry.

Deadline: August 15, 11:59 p.m.

Results: We will select three winners. First place will receive $50, second place $25, third place $10.

We will consider all poems for potential publication.

Would you like to be featured on Stone Soup's Instagram?

My favorite place to write is sitting in our camping hammock, strung up between posts on our deck, beneath the redwoods on a sunny day. 

What's your favorite place to write?

Stone Soup would love to hear about where you write. For the chance to have your favorite writing spot featured on our Instagram, please upload 1-3 high-res color photos of your spot along with 1-2 sentences explaining what you most love about the spot. 

Maybe your favorite writing spot is a desk, a chair, a treehouse, a hammock, a stone next to a stream, your bed, your dog's bed, or even a whole room.... We want to see where you write—wherever that is! If you like, you can ask someone else to take a picture of you writing in that space, but an image of the space alone works just fine. We can't wait to see where the creative magic happens. 

As with our magazine, we will only publish entries by kids aged 13 and under.

$3.00
$3.00

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:
http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/

$3.00
$3.00

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:
http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/
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. 

We are excited to announce that we are actively looking for writers to contribute regularly to our blog! Do you 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!

If you are a teacher who'd like to blog for us, you're also very welcome. Please indicate in your subject header if that is who you are.

All reviews must be at least 300 words and no more than 600 words. The 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. 

Books: 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? (When I was young, I just loved "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll!) 

If so, we want to hear from you! We are looking for reviews of single poems. 


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!

Movie/TV:

Your movie or TV review should be between 200 and 500 words. The 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 movie or TV show is about, but it also means that we want you to go beyond a simple plot summary. 

If the movie is part of a series, how does it compare to the others in the series? If you familiar with one of the actors you might say something about how this performance compares to other performances you are familiar with. You should also, as with a book review, consider the piece in relation to your own life and thoughts: how did you relate to the characters or the plots? What did the show make you think about? 

Lastly, be sure to explain your opinion with references to the work. Don't just say, "I like this movie," or "I didn't like the TV show." If you have seen the work you are reviewing many times, you may want to say so. 

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:
http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/


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. 
$3.00
$3.00

Basic Requirements for Plays

We consider plays on any subject, all year round, by writers 13 and younger. The maximum length for a Stone Soup play is 2,500 words. There is no minimum length. If your play is published, you will receive $25.

Read Our Detailed Guidelines

To increase your chances of publication, please read the detailed guidelines on our website:
http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/

Send us your comments and ideas!

We love to publish letters from our readers on the Mailbox page of Stone Soup. Tell us what you like or don't like about Stone Soup magazine, the Annual, or the website. Tell us what you think about a particular story, poem, book review, or illustration. Tell us what you'd like to see more of.
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