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

$3.00
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Basic Requirements for Stories

We consider stories 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. If your story is published, you will receive $25 of Amazon credit.

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. If one of your poem is published, you will receive $25 of Amazon credit.

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. You may submit up to five images at a time. 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.

We will soon be holding contests for the covers of the 2017-18 magazine, so stay tuned! 
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. 

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.

TV/Movies: Begin by choosing a movie or show about which you have strong feelings. If you've seen a movie many times already, that might be a good place to start. 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 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.

Video Games or Apps: We are interested in reviews of the video games that you play on your computer, phone, or tablet. Length is up to you. Short reviews of 100 to 250 words are acceptable, as are longer form reviews. Tell the object of the game. How hard is the game? What kind of skills does it require. How interesting do you feel the game is? In your opinion, is the game fun or boring? Is it worth playing lots of times, or is it a game you might play a few times, at most, and drop? If the game reminds you of a similar game—in good or bad ways—then please compare and contrast. 

Music: Pick a song or an album by an artist you really like or dislike. Listen to it closely a few times. What kind of song is it—popular, classical, hip-hop? What are the words of the song? Does it remind you of any other songs? And, of course, what do you really like—or not like—about it?
  
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. Writers whose work is published in Stone Soup will receive $25.

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. 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.