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 Gerry Mandel 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 letters to the editor). 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:


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.

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. Send us the poems that mean the most to you! If your poem is published, you will receive $25.

Read Our Detailed Guidelines

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

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:

Apply to Be a Stone Soup Illustrator

Currently, all the artwork we publish in Stone Soup is in the form of illustrations. To apply to be a Stone Soup illustrator, upload three samples of your work. We are looking for artists age 13 and younger who can draw or paint complete scenes in color, filling the entire page. Most of our stories have people in them, so be sure at least one of your samples includes people.

If your work seems right for Stone Soup, we will contact you to let you know your samples are in our Illustrator File. When we begin work on a new issue, we match each story up with an illustrator from the file. We contact the chosen illustrators by email before sending them their illustration assignments. We pay our published illustrators $20 for full-size illustrations and $10 for spot art.


Option One for Book Reviewers

Apply to be a book reviewer by sending an email to editor Gerry Mandel: editor@stonesoup.com. Include your name, age, birthdate, and mailing address, as well as your parent's name, phone number, and email address. Tell Ms. Mandel a little about yourself, including why you want to be a book reviewer and what kinds of books you like to read. If you seem like a good candidate to review books for Stone Soup, Ms. Mandel will let you know. She will try to match you up with a book from one of the major publishing companies. She will send you the book with full instructions for your review. If your book review is published, you will receive $25.

Option Two for Book Reviewers

Find your own book to review and upload your review here on Submittable. If you choose Option Two, be sure to follow our Book Review Guidelines:

Select a book that interests you from your library or bookstore. If possible, choose a book that was published within the last couple of years. 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. Your review must be at least 450 words and no more than 600 words

Send use your comments!

The Mailbox appears on page 3 of every issue of Stone Soup. Tell us what you like or don't like about Stone Soup, or about a particular story, poem, book review, or illustration.


Through a photograph you can capture a sense of place, or a moment in time. Technical information: Use natural light to give your pictures a sense of place. Please turn off the flash when taking pictures. When sending portraits, the head should usually fill most of the frame. When taking photographs indoors without a flash, it's sometimes helpful to rest the camera on something solid, like a tabletop, before taking the picture. You may send us a photograph of anything. Here are some ideas to get you started. Please send us photographs that tell us about how you see and feel about the world. Send us portraits of your family, friends, or strangers. If there's a beautiful garden or tree in your neighborhood, take a picture of that and send it to us. Capture action, like sports, or traffic, or a rushing wave. Send us pictures of cities, the lights at night, the stores where you shop. Please send us photographs of nature: a lovely flower, clouds scuttling across the sky, snowdrifts, a stream. Use your imagination. You can also set up scenes from stories using Playmobile, or Legos, or stuffed animals, or using your friends as actors to create a scene form a book, something from  your imagination, or form a movie. 

We want you to think about the selfie as an art form. It is a self-portrait. There is a long tradition of self-portature in art.

We want a selfie from you that isn't ordinary. Can you take a  selfie that tells a story? What if you dress in costume? Can you take a selfie that conveys emotion -- sadness, happiness, curiosity? Can you take a selfie that makes us feel what you are thinking? Can you get across to us who you are -- or who you want to be  -- with just one photograph taken of you by you? Send us a selfie unlike any you have seen before. Be creative. Think original. Think outside the box.

You may also submit a series of selfies, like three or four images, that are linked in a way that tells a story. 

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. 

Your movie or TV review should be between 200 and 400 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.

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 for Video Game Reviews

If you are 14 or younger, then 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. 

This is the category for computer-based multi-media 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. 
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."

Drawings, Paintings, Collages, etc.

Right now, we are not publishing stand-alone artwork in Stone Soup. We encourage young artists to visit the
category called Illustrators: Upload Your Art Samples and apply to be a Stone Soup illustrator.

If you would like to share your stand-alone artwork with us anyway, we'd be happy to take a look at it. We will keep your work on file in case we decide to publish stand-alone artwork in the future at Stone Soup Online. Please upload a high-res scan.There is no maximum file size. We can accept all formats: jpeg, tiff, etc.
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. 
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.