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

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  • We consider only previously unpublished work.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 Monday's Daily Creativity Prompt

Every weekday, we publish a Daily Creativity prompt at our website, Stonesoup.com. We've decided to get you focused by turning every Monday's prompt into a flash contest! For this contest, all you have to do is pick up the Daily Creativity prompt published on a Monday, and submit your response to it by noon PST on Friday of the same week. 

Contest Details

Genre:  The Daily Creativity prompt will specify exactly what we want you to do each week. Make sure that you are responding to the prompt that was posted on the Monday of the current week. 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:  Fridays at 12:00 noon (Pacific Time). 

Entry fee:  Free! 

Results and Prizes:  We will select up to 5 of our favourites by the following Wednesday.  

Publication:  We will publish our top picks on the Stone Soup Blog; and announce each week's winners 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/

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$15.00

Get your book published by Stone Soup! 

Stone Soup is thrilled to announce that we are accepting submissions for a book contest. The winning manuscript will be published by Stone Soup as a standalone book (see the other awards below!). For prose submissions, the minimum length is 20,000 words. For poetry submissions, the minimum length is 40 pages. There is no maximum word or page limit. 

As always, we have no preference in terms of genre, topic, or form: you can submit a manuscript of poems or short stories, a novel or a memoir. We are simply looking for excellent, innovative, unusual, powerful writing. You have the summer to work on your book. We can't wait to read it! 

Contest Details

Genre: We are reading in all genres. You can submit a collection of poems, a memoir, a short story collection, a collection of personal narratives, a novel, a graphic novel... you name it! 

Length: For prose (fiction or memoir) submissions, the minimum length is 20,000 words. For poetry submissions, the minimum length is 40 pages. There is no maximum word or page limit. 

Age Limit: For this contest, we will accept manuscripts written by those age 14 or under. 

Deadline: Monday August 10, 2020 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). 

Entry fee: $15.00

Multiple Submissions are accepted but you must submit each as an individual entry and pay the fee each time.

Results and Prizes: We will select one winning manuscript to be published and distributed by Stone Soup in both print and ebook forms, available for sale on Amazon, in the Stone Soup store, via our distributors, and advertised along with the rest of our books to libraries and other vendors.  

We will also name a handful of finalists.

Publication: We will consider all submitted work as part of the contest for potential publication in the magazine or as standalone volumes, if our budget allows.

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. We are particularly excited to see landscapes, images that include people as well as more abstract images like this, this, or this.

Image requirements

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.  

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/

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$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/

$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/

$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/

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.

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/



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.
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