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.

Detailed Guidelines

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

Ends on April 1, 2018$5.00

ELIGIBILITY: kids up to (and including) age 13.

LENGTH: Story length is flexible, although we’d prefer if it didn’t exceed 2000 words.

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

PRIZES: The winners will receive Amazon gift certificates of $80 (first place), $40 (second place), $20 (third place), and $10 (fourth place). The prize-winners will be published either in the magazine or on the website.

The authors of highly commended stories that do not win prize will also be listed in the magazine. 

Note: if you are a teacher wanting to submit a whole batch of student stories, you may use the Classroom Submission option; please just write a note in the cover letter that you would like to be considered for the contest.

CONTEST DESCRIPTION: One thing that we are passionate about here at Stone Soup is writing about all kinds of topics. We tend to think of writing as exclusively within the subject of “English.” Of course, English is indisputably critical for learning language, methods, and techniques. But practicing writing, creative or nonfiction, shouldn’t be so strictly confined. Can’t we also write about history? About math? One school even integrated writing into classes like P.E. to improve their student’s skills.

For our latest Stone Soup contest, we want young writers to explore writing about a specific subject: Science. Although we’re calling for “Science Fiction” broadly, we want to encourage students to incorporate scientific concepts that they have learned in class. How can creating a story demonstrate what they have learned? How can they take objective facts and utilize them in a creative way? We want students to be able to showcase their knowledge at the same time as they create something of their own.

As our founder, William Rubel, writes:

“Science fiction is a fiction of possibilities and ideas. In the best science fiction, the author takes an idea from science, and then thinks, ‘well, if such and such came true, then what?’  The consequences of the ‘what-ifs’ are often what science fiction books are about. Up to this point, Stone Soup has not published a lot of science fiction. We’d like that to change. We would like you all to start thinking about big issues and asking big questions and then make the shift to writing inquisitive fiction, which is what science fiction is.”

Encourage your students not only to write, but also explore the ways in which they think across disciplines and integrate all kinds of learning.

If you have any questions, feel free to email sarah@stonesoup.com.

(For an example of the kinds of stories we'd love to see more of, please read this excellent dystopian story from 2004.)


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. 

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 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 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!
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. 
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. 

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.