Highlights (est. 1946), a general-interest magazine inspiring kids (ages 6-12) to be their best selves, welcomes Freelance Writers to contribute content for forthcoming issues.
The editors review submission all year-round, including seasonal material. Currently, they are seeking the following:
Stories must contain an interesting plot, strong portrayal of characters, a specific setting, and purposeful dialogue and language. All age-appropriate genres are considered. Word length: under 475 words for beginning readers; under 750 words for independent readers; under 100 words for rebus stories, using familiar words that can be shown as pictures. Payment: $175 and up per story.
Open to all genres and forms, especially non-rhyming verse, humorous poems, and holiday-themed poems. Keep under 17 lines per poem. Payment: $40 and up.
The best nonfiction articles use research built on firsthand experience, interviews with experts, or primary sources. Nonfiction can include: science, arts, sports, how-to’s, world cultures, history, What a Pro Knows articles, and Gallant Kids articles. Articles about cultural traditions and lifestyles should demonstrate a deep understanding of the subject. Biographies should be enriched with quotes and anecdotes and put the subject in a historical or cultural framework. Word length: under 400 words for beginning readers; under 750 words for independent readers. Payment: $175 and up per article.
Crafts (for boys and girls) can include gifts, toys, games, and decorations–and they can also celebrate holidays, cultures, or religious beliefs. Crafts, written concisely, must contain numbered directions (up to 5), as well as step-by-step photos. Craft materials should be low-cost and easy to find. Payment: $40 and up.
The editors need more math puzzles, code activities, and visual puzzles. Payment: $40 and up.
Writers can visit HighlightsKids.com to familiarize themselves with the magazine’s editorial style, age-appropriate language, and reader-favorite themes.
Highlights pays writers on acceptance.