Cricket: Now Open To Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone | January 29, 2015

Cricket is actually a publication I grew up reading. It was founded in 1973 by Marianne Carus, whose intent was to create “The New Yorker for children.” It is primary a print publication aimed at 9-14 year olds and it is published some very established and respected¬† authors over the years including Ursula K. Le Guin, Eric Carle, and Lloyd Alexander. They publish a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Now the same publisher is also responsible for many other journals aimed at Children, including Babybug (6 months to 3 years), Ladybug (3-6 years), Spider (6-9 years). Some focus on science or the arts. So it is worth looking through the Magazines section of the website to see if one of the other markets is a better fit for your work.

They pay their authors at a better than professional rate. For stories and articles they pay up to 25 cents a word. Poems receive up to $3 dollars per line, with a $25 dollar minimum. Activities and recipes are worth $75 dollars.

Now they have very specific guidelines for the various genres and types of stories they publish but it is all spelled out very clearly on their website. The important thing to remember is that their priority for fictional stories is to publish authors that “first and foremost tell a good story that is well plotted, character-driven, and has a satisfying conclusion.” To learn more about the sub-genres they are interested, read their submission guidelines.

For non-fiction they are interested in a wide variety of subjects including but in no way limited to art, theater, history, biography, true adventure, science and archaeology.

As for poetry they are interested in publishing serious and humorous poems. They also publish crafts and other activities.

They only accept submissions through the submission manager Submittable.

To learn more and to submit, visit their submission guidelines here: http://www.cricketmag.com/25-Submission-Guidelines-for-CRICKET-magazine-for-children-ages-9-14

To access the submission guidelines for the numerous other magazines publish visit their website here: http://www.cricketmag.com/submissions