*PLEASE NOTE (NOV 2018): Our submissions are closed at the moment. Please check our Writer Submissions Page for updates.*
We are very excited to announce that Storytime magazine is now officially open for story submissions from writers, whether aspiring or established!
In Spring 2017, we are launching a new section called Tales from Today, which will feature a contemporary short story, credited to its author. If your story is selected, that’s your name and your creation in print forever – and beautifully illustrated to boot! Not only that, you’ll be part of Storytime’s mission to keep short stories alive and to help children fall in love with reading for pleasure!
We’d love to hear from you. Would you like to see your children’s story published in Storytime? If so, follow our guidelines!
Storytime Submissions Guidelines
This is what we are looking for:
- A short contemporary story (not a poem or story told in verse) appropriate for girls and boys aged 3 to 8.
- Your story should be between 500 and 750 words long.
- It should be original and should not plagiarise any other existing content or retell traditional folk tales, legends or fairy tales.
- Your story should not have been published before.
- Your story must be in the English language, though we accept submissions from all over the world.
- Writers only please! We cannot accept submissions from writer/illustrator teams at this time and we aren’t looking for illustrated stories.
- We aren’t looking for serialised stories, just self-contained short stories.
- Send submissions by email only, ideally in Word (.doc or .docx) or other Mac-friendly word processing programs. Please don’t send links to click and download files. Also use a standard, easy-to-read font, like Helvetica (please not Comic Sans).
- Please don’t send stories in picture book formats (we get this a lot) – we’re a short story magazine.
- Email your story submission to: email@example.com. Put the words ‘Story Submission’ in the email subject heading and include your name and story title in the email itself.
- Please don’t use this email address if you are an illustrator – see our Contact Us page. Thank you!
Once you’ve submitted your story, here’s what happens:
- We will read every submission that follows our guidelines, but we’re a very small team. Unfortunately, we cannot reply to submissions that aren’t successful or let you know that your email arrived, even if you chase us. Sorry! We also don’t have the time to offer advice to individuals. If you don’t hear back from us, please go ahead and submit to other magazines.
- We will aim to reply to successful submissions within 3 months.
- The editor has the right to request revisions and also do reasonable edits on each accepted story to make it as good as possible.
- We will select and commission the illustrations to go with each story.
- If your story is selected, we will credit you in the magazine. We will send you a copy of the magazine with your story in it and a fee of £150 when it is published. We will send you a commissioning form to confirm this.
Hints and tips for aspiring Storytime writers:
- Please read Storytime magazine. It’s the best way to know what we’re about and what we like. You can buy back issues here.
- Kids love stories that entertain them, engage them, excite them, surprise them, teach them something new or unexpected, or challenge them to think differently. They especially love stories that make them laugh, but please… no farts.
- We’d love to see more stories with diverse characters.
- We’re looking for contemporary stories – not fables, reworked fairy tales, myths or legends. These already appear in our magazine.
- We love good spelling, grammar and punctuation, and we can’t stress this enough.
- No synopsis or cover letter required. We’re mainly interested in the quality of your story. If you want to write something about yourself, please keep it brief. A few sentences will do.
- Lack of experience won’t put us off. The first thing we do when we get a submission is to read the story before reading your email. We don’t care if it’s the first story you’ve ever written. We don’t care if you’ve had 40 books published and climbed Mount Everest (though, good for you!). The quality and originality of the story is more important than anything else.
- Please do follow our guidelines if you wish your work to be considered.
- Read our 8 Top Tips for Short Story Writers here.
We hope that helps and has got you excited! We’re genuinely thrilled at the prospect of reading your stories. This is an exciting new era for Storytime and something we’ve wanted to do for quite a while.
So what are you waiting for? We look forward to hearing from you.
Wishing you all the very best of luck,