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

  • 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  • We consider only previously unpublished work.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. If you are unsure whether your piece counts as published or not, please write to editor@stonesoup.com.
  • We do accept multiple submissions at one time, so you can send in more than one story or multiple packets of poems at once--however, you will have to pay the submission fee each time
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.

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/

$3.00
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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.  

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.
  • Your submission should be single-spaced in Arial font, size 12. The header at the top of your piece should look like this: 

Title

by First Name Last Name, Age

City, State (or Country if you are not from the US)

Example:

The Submission

by Emma Wood, 32

Santa Cruz, CA

  • 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.
  • Your submission should be in Arial font, size 12. The header at the top of each poem should look like this:

Title

by First Name Last Name, Age

City, State (or Country if you are not from the US)

Example:

The Submission

by Emma Wood, 32

Santa Cruz, CA

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.
  • Your submission should be single-spaced in Arial font, size 12. The header at the top of your piece should look like this:

Title

by First Name Last Name, Age

City, State (or Country if you are not from the US)

Example:

The Submission

by Emma Wood, 32

Santa Cruz, CA

  • 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/



This form is for our writing workshop attendees only.

Please submit the work you wrote during the workshop, so that we can include it in the blog post that we publish about each class.  

When you send in your work, please add:

  • the name of the instructor in parentheses (William) or (Conner) to the title. This will make sure that we don’t post the wrong work to the wrong class write-up!

You can send your work any time, even weeks later. However, if you are submitting more than a week after the class, please write the date or name of the class in the title, too.

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