Founded in 1973, Stone Soup is the leading national (and international) magazine of writing and art by young writers and artists. Stone Soup Magazine accepts work by young writers and artists through U.S. eighth grade or its equivalent. To submit, simply click on the appropriate category below and follow the instructions. 

How to Submit

  • Upload only ONE submission; wait until you receive a response to your submission before uploading any more.
  • Type cover letter text into the cover letter field with any additional information you'd like to send.
  • Use the Add File button to find the file on your computer that you would like to submit. Select the file and click on the Open button. Your file will then appear in the "file" field.
  • Review your information to confirm that it is correct. Click Submit and you're done!
  • You should receive a confirmation email letting you know that we've received your submission.
  • If you are having any technical issues with your submission, please write directly to the Submittable team: support@submittable.com

Important Notes

  • Our current response time is about three months. We wish we could respond with personal feedback, but the volume of submissions received and the small size of our staff make this impossible.
  • To make sure that you receive our e-mail responses, set your spam filter to accept messages from editor@stonesoup.com. Otherwise, notifications may end up in your "junk" or "spam" folder, or be deleted by your e-mail system. You can also check the status of your submission at any time by logging into your Submittable account.
  • We can only consider submissions written in the English language. We welcome translations of work into English.
  • We consider only previously unpublished work. Work that has appeared online for any reason is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted. However, we can be flexible. If you are unsure whether your piece counts as published or not, please write to editor@stonesoup.com.
To increase your chances of publication, please read the more detailed guidelines on our website:  http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/ 

*By submitting, you consent to receiving occasional news and updates, which you can opt out at any time.

For as long as Stone Soup has been around, we have been publishing nonfiction narratives and memoir under the “Story” label. This has frustrated me ever since I became editor two years ago because, as a writing teacher, I spend much of my time teaching my students about the importance of understanding the distinctions between genres. The way we approach fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as both readers and writers, is drastically different. For this reason, I am very happy to announce that Stone Soup is partnering with Society of Young Inklings in our very first nonfiction contest and that, in 2020, we will begin to publish all nonfiction under its very own label in the magazine. 

But what makes this contest extra special is our partnership with Society of Young Inklings (SYI): we are very excited to share that their team of professional writers has designed a mentorship experience for both the youth and the educators who take part in this contest. 

To start, SYI invites you to stretch your ideas and elevate the impact of your narrative using the games and activities provided in their quick video series: Spill Some Ink with Stone Soup

Finally, take advantage of SYI’s Tips and Tricks for Revision cheat sheet, which guides writers through specific strategies to bring their narratives even more vividly to life.

You can stay in the loop as they add material to further help write and revise your piece by RSVP'ing to their email updates here

Finally, after submission, the first 150 submitters will receive a personalized note from SYI. These notes will highlight a strength in your piece and offer guidance about how to build on that strength in future writing.

We are so excited to be partnering with such a wonderful organization and thrilled to be able to offer personalized feedback to many of our writers! 

Contest Details

For this contest, we are looking for excellent, innovative, moving, playful personal narratives or mini-memoirs. We want to hear about any of the biggest moments in your life—the scariest, the saddest, the happiest ones—as well as about some of the smallest—your walk to school or a regular Saturday at home with your brother. Make us laugh! Make us cry! Make us feel like we know you! 

Length: There is no minimum length. The maximum length is 10,000 words. 

Deadline: December 15, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). 

Entry fee: $4 per personal narrative. You may submit as many narratives as you would like to the contest, but each must be submitted as a new entry.

Other specifications: Please make sure there is no identifying material on the .doc or .pdf you upload: your name should not appear on any of these materials. We will have your information through Submittable. 

Age limit: The contest is open to writers aged 13 or younger, or those who are still in U.S. eighth grade or its equivalent.

To enter: All entries should be submitted here, via our Submittable site. We will not consider entries sent via email. 

Results 

We will select and announce three winners, as well as a handful of honorable mentions, by the end of January 2020. 

We will publish all three placing entries in a 2020 issue of Stone Soup.

$3.00 - 5.00
$3.00 - 5.00

We consider stories on any subject and in any form, all year round, by young writers up to U.S. 8th grade (or its international equivalent). We have no minimum length. For stories, our maximum length is 10,000 words. If you have a longer piece, please consider submitting to our book contest, which we run annually during the summer.

If your story is TRUE, please submit it to our "Nonfiction (Memoir & Personal Narrative)" category instead.

How to Submit

  • Upload only ONE submission; wait until you receive a response to your submission before uploading any more.
  • Type cover letter text into the cover letter field with any additional information you'd like to send.
  • Use the Add File button to find the file on your computer that you would like to submit. Select the file and click on the Open button. Your file will then appear in the "file" field.
  • Review your information to confirm that it is correct. Click Submit and you're done!
  • You should receive a confirmation email letting you know that we've received your submission.
  • If you are having any technical issues with your submission, please write directly to the Submittable team: support@submittable.com

Important Notes

  • Our current response time is about three months. We wish we could respond with personal feedback, but the volume of submissions received and the small size of our staff make this impossible.
  • To make sure that you receive our e-mail responses, set your spam filter to accept messages from editor@stonesoup.com. Otherwise, notifications may end up in your "junk" or "spam" folder, or be deleted by your e-mail system. You can also check the status of your submission at any time by logging into your Submittable account.
  • We can only consider submissions written in the English language. We welcome translations of work into English.
  • We consider only previously unpublished work. Work that has appeared online for any reason is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted. However, we can be flexible. If you are unsure whether your piece counts as published or not, please write to editor@stonesoup.com..

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

$3.00 - 5.00
$3.00 - 5.00

We consider poems on any subject and in any form, all year round, by young writers up to U.S. 8th grade (or its international equivalent) . 

How to Submit

  • Do not submit multiple poems separately.  Please submit all your poems together in one document.  
  • We prefer to read a packet of at least 3 poems by submitters but you may submit anywhere from 1-5 poems in one submissions.
  • Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting more than one poem, separate the titles with commas.
  • Type cover letter text into the cover letter field with any additional information you'd like to send.
  • Use the Add File button to find the file on your computer that you would like to submit. Select the file and click on the Open button. Your file will then appear in the "file" field.
  • Review your information to confirm that it is correct. Click Submit and you're done!
  • You should receive a confirmation email letting you know that we've received your submission.
  • If you are having any technical issues with your submission, please write directly to the Submittable team: support@submittable.com

Important Notes

  • Our current response time is about three months. We wish we could respond with personal feedback, but the volume of submissions received and the small size of our staff make this impossible.
  • To make sure that you receive our e-mail responses, set your spam filter to accept messages from editor@stonesoup.com. Otherwise, notifications may end up in your "junk" or "spam" folder, or be deleted by your e-mail system. You can also check the status of your submission at any time by logging into your Submittable account.
  • We can only consider submissions written in the English language. We welcome translations of work into English.
  • We consider only previously unpublished work. Work that has appeared online for any reason is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted. However, we can be flexible. If you are unsure whether your piece counts as published or not, please write to editor@stonesoup.com.

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

We consider personal narratives on any subject and in any form, all year round, by young writers up to U.S. 8th grade (or its international equivalent). We have no minimum length; our maximum length is 10,000 words. If you have a longer piece, please consider submitting to our book contest, which we run annually during the summer.

Note that we are looking for personal narratives--I.e. vividly told stories about the big and small moments in your life--not, at the moment, for informational or academic essays. If you have an essay of that type, please consider submitting it as a blog post instead. 


How to Submit

  • Upload only ONE submission; wait until you receive a response to your submission before uploading any more.
  • Type cover letter text into the cover letter field with any additional information you'd like to send.
  • Use the Add File button to find the file on your computer that you would like to submit. Select the file and click on the Open button. Your file will then appear in the "file" field.
  • Review your information to confirm that it is correct. Click Submit and you're done!
  • You should receive a confirmation email letting you know that we've received your submission.
  • If you are having any technical issues with your submission, please write directly to the Submittable team: support@submittable.com

 Important Notes

  • Our current response time is about three months. We wish we could respond with personal feedback, but the volume of submissions received and the small size of our staff make this impossible.
  • To make sure that you receive our e-mail responses, set your spam filter to accept messages from editor@stonesoup.com. Otherwise, notifications may end up in your "junk" or "spam" folder, or be deleted by your e-mail system. You can also check the status of your submission at any time by logging into your Submittable account.
  • We can only consider submissions written in the English language. We welcome translations of work into English.
  • We consider only previously unpublished work. Work that has appeared online for any reason is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted. However, we can be flexible. If you are unsure whether your piece counts as published or not, please write to editor@stonesoup.com.
     

 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.

Calling all critics! 

We are planning to make our July/August issue a review issue. We are especially in need of movie and TV show reviews, and are particularly interested in reviews of classic children's movies like Mary Poppins, The Lion King, The Princess Bride, and Frozen, as well as film and TV adaptations of classic literary works, such as A Wrinkle in Time, Matilda, The Borrowers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Jungle Book, among many others. If you would like to send us a book review, we are most excited to read reviews of classic books, rather than newer ones, and are also seeking reviews of classic poems. To be considered for publication in the issue (and not on the blog), reviews—which should range from 400-700 words—must be received no later than April 20

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General Guidelines

All reviews must be at least 400 words and no more than 700 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 400-700 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 400 and 700 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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