If you are looking for ways to keep busy and creative during this time, please check out our weekly creativity prompts and monthly flash contests here: https://stonesoup.com/covid-19

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  • We consider only previously unpublished work.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.

Send us Your Response to the first Weekly Creativity Challenge of the Month
Every Monday, we publish a Weekly Creativity prompt at our website, Stonesoup.com. The first one of the month is also a flash contest! For this contest, all you have to do is pick up the Weekly Creativity Challenge prompt published on the first Monday of the month, and submit your response to it by noon Pacific time on the following Sunday.


Contest Details
Genre:  The Weekly Creativity prompt will specify exactly what we want you to do. Make sure that you are responding to the prompt that was posted on the first Monday of the current month. The first week of the month is the only wee that this contest runs. Check for the prompt here.


Length:  It depends on the prompt. Some of them will have specific instructions (e.g. write a 10 line poem, or a three paragraph piece of prose, or compose a still life photograph). Other writing prompts might be more open, suggesting you write a story or rework one you already have, or make a piece of art on a theme. Where the prompt specifies, follow the guidance on length and/or medium. If it doesn't specify, it's up to you how long or short you make your writing (but remember, this is a flash contest, so we don't expect you to write a novel!).


Age Limit:  For the flash contests, we will accept work from those age 13 and under. 


Deadline:  Sunday at 12:00 midnight (Pacific Time). 


Entry fee:  $2.00 


Results and Prizes:  We will select 5 Winners and 5 Honorable Mentions by the following Wednesday.  


Publication:  We will publish the 5 Winners' work on the Stone Soup Blog; and announce each week's Winners and Honorable Mentions in our Saturday Newsletter.

We are living through a crisis, and we want to hear and see how our contributors are reacting to and processing this difficult time. If you have written a poem, a story, or a personal narrative about COVID-19; if you have taken photographs or made a video to represent your experience in shelter-in-place, you are in the right place. Because of the timely nature of this content is at odds with our production schedule (I.e. we produce a magazine months in advance!), we would like to feature this work on our blog instead. This also means you will get a response from us much more quickly on these submissions! 

Also: if you are looking for ways to keep busy and creative during this time, please check out our daily creativity prompts and weekly flash contests here: https://stonesoup.com/covid-19


How to Submit

  • Type cover letter text into the cover letter field with any additional information you'd like to send. We welcome hearing about the thoughts and feelings that led you to create your piece and may choose to feature this information when we publish your work on the blog.
  • 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

  • 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/

What kinds of images are we look for? 

We are always 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.

In general, we are less interested/in need of images of animals at this time; however, if you have a particularly wonderful image of an animal, we would love to see it! Know that we do have more opportunity to use images of dogs and cats  than images of exotic animals like lions or tigers. We are particularly excited to see landscapes and city scenes, portraits, and more abstract images like this, this, or this.

Image requirements

Please upload a high-res photograph of your artwork in the largest file size possible. Your image should be at least 500kb large—we cannot accept images smaller than that—and ideally 1mb or more. There is no maximum file size, and, in fact, bigger is better in terms of quality!

If you are sending in a photograph of a painting or other work, please make sure there is no glare on it. Always prioritize a clear, crisp image of the artwork over a zoomed-in view with no background; we can always crop the image but will need to ask you to resend if the initial image is of low quality.

Submitting multiple images

We encourage you to submit multiple images at once, but ask that you please group them all in one submission; you can submit up to five files at one time.  

$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
$3.00

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/

$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/

We are always actively looking for writers to contribute 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, video games? Do you love writing reviews—of books, TV shows, video games, poems? If so, we want to hear from you! 

To be considered please submit a 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! 

Let us know in the cover letter whether you are interested in becoming a regular blogger (contributing anywhere from once a month to once a week) or if you are just interested in submitting once.

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Multimedia

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. 

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For Music

Original music by young composers. We are open to any music style including classical and jazz. 

Please upload the written music, if the music has been written down, and/or has any lyrics, 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 or audio recording just for us. 

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 10,000 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/



Stone Soup is always looking for new subscribers, and we need your help! People who don't already know us often cannot believe that the great work in Stone Soup is really made by kids like you. It really helps our marketing when we can include photos and short videos of real Stone Soup readers, writers and artists enjoying the Magazine.

So, we're working hard to get more digital images of Stone Soup readers, authors, and artists with copies of the magazine. We're asking for help from contributors like you to send in photos of yourself reading or posing with the copies of Stone Soup. If video is more your thing, then we'd also love to receive short clips of you talking about reading Stone Soup or creating work for Stone Soup

f you're interested and have permission from your parents, please send us a photo or a short video clip where you talk about Stone Soup as a reader or a creator - in any setting you like! As long as we can see the Magazine(s), and see (and where relevant, hear) at least part of you, you can have fun with your photo or video and be as creative as you want! Be aware that we will be using them for marketing purposes, in online sales campaigns, on our website, and email marketing, so it is important that you discuss it with your parents and have their consent before you send us anything.

This private link is for people who join our weekly writing workshops, and would like us to add the piece of writing they produced in the workshop to the blog post we write about the workshop, posted at Stonesoup.com. 

After every workshop, we will write a short summary of what we did, and we will add any of your work that you are happy to share, as examples of what happened when we worked on the project together via Zoom!

It would be great if you could add the date of the workshop you joined to your submission title, please.

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.

LILAC (Long Island Laboring Against COVID-19)

ThankYou & WeCare Initiative

LILAC is an organisation founded by former Stone Soup contributor Sabrina Guo with a mission to serve the communities and workers who have been affected by the coronavirus. Alongside fundraising to provide essential PPE, LILAC also offers emotional support to workers and their patients in the form of letters, artwork, and videos from young people. While the initiative began in Long Island, in partnership with Stone Soup, we are going nation–and even worldwide! Selected works will be featured digitally on our website www.lilacovid19.org and our social media, like Instagram and YouTube! Physical submissions may be requested of you after your work has been selected to be featured digitally.

LILAC’s ThankYou & WeCare Initiative is designed to raise the spirits of all those affected by COVID-19, like medical professionals, essential workers, patients, and more by distributing encouraging letters, cards, artwork, and creative videos. LILAC provides a dedicated space where all can come to enjoy uplifting works by young people all over the world, which show solidarity, support and appreciation. Stone Soup is hosting LILAC on its Submittable site, offering a secure channel for everyone to send in their work, and giving LILAC a means of managing all the submissions that they will then pass on to workers and patients, both in-person to the Long Island community, and virtually on their website, YouTube, and Instagram.

What kind of work are we looking for?

  • ThankYou Letters should be thoughtfully written, and include personal reflections or a level of depth, and can be addressed to any of the various essential workers who are fighting during this time, whether it be healthcare workers, nursing home staff, first responders, grocery workers, home care and home health aids, etc. Feel free to talk about what you are personally grateful for during this pandemic. Please write a minimum of 100 words!
  • WeCare Cards should be creative and display a level of care and thought that went into them. We are receiving these digitally, but we also send physical submissions. Please address these to those patients who are affected by the coronavirus during this time, whether in the hospital, nursing homes, etc. If you’d like to send us an actual hand-created copy let us know on your submission form!
  • Visual Artwork is a great way to encourage nursing homes and medical facilities, as they can be framed and hung as a tangible encouragement for all to see! We are always looking for vivid and innovative drawings, photographs, paintings, collages, and prints to feature on our website and social media platforms, and for donations. All images should be complete scenes in color, filling the entire page, unless it is an intentional and striking use of black and white.
  • Multimedia / video submissions are open to various kinds of content, whether it be dances, skits, sports feats/tricks, or short films as some examples! This is a great way to be creative, so don’t feel held back!

All material should be COVID-19 inspired, though it does not necessarily need to be directly related to events. Also, in solidarity and support of the Black Lives Matter movement, especially in light of recent events in the United States, LILAC would  love to feature any submissions highlighting, encouraging, or empowering  us to continue to fight systemic racial discrimination in our country.  Please feel free to submit materials in support of Black Lives Matter as well, which LILAC will feature in a comprehensive project on our social  media and website.

Requirements

Biography: All submissions should include a short bio of around 150-200 words. A video bio of less than one (1) minute is optional, but highly encouraged! It is an opportunity to reach out to those affected and show a personal connection. If you feel shy, a short video quickly introducing yourself and simply thanking and encouraging workers and patients is great! Art and video submissions should also come with an accompanying artist's statement of at least 100 words, which details your process of creating the artwork and what you’d like the audience to think about or learn when appreciating the art.

Image requirements: It is best to scan your creations, but if they do not fit on your scanner, please make sure to take a high resolution photo with good lighting and properly in frame. Please upload a high-res image or scan of at least 300 DPI—we cannot accept smaller images. There is no maximum file size, and, in fact, bigger is better in terms of quality! If you are sending in a photograph of a painting or other work, please make sure there is no glare on it. Always prioritize a clear, crisp image of the artwork over a zoomed-in view with no background; we can always crop the image but will need to ask you to resend if the initial image is of low quality.

Submitting multiple images:  We encourage you to submit multiple images at once, but ask that you please group them all in one submission; you can submit up to five files at a time. 

Video: Your video may be fiction or nonfiction films, skits, scenes, or encouraging messages. Both live action and animated videos are also accepted for online publication and for the LILAC 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. Dances can be your own choreographing, or something that is popular and fun that is being performed on platforms like TikTok, as long as you include credit.  Sports feats or tricks can be a fun way to showcase your talent, but make sure you dedicate your feats to those workers and others affected by the coronavirus in your video!

Spoken Word: Read a poem or a story! You may send us a sound file or a video, though video is preferred. You may read your own work or anything else that might appeal to you, though we ask for something that might encourage or be appropriate for this coronavirus pandemic. If you submit your own work, please also attach a transcript of your poem, spoken word, or story. 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. 

If you want an idea of what others have already shared, feel free to visit our Instagram @lilacovid_19 for examples!

About LILAC

For more information about LILAC, here is the GoFundMe campaign and Instagram (IG@lilacovid_19). Stone Soup is proud to support this great initiative, and we hope our readers will consider doing so, as well! 

Stone Soup