It's official. I'm now a paid freelance writer. My first check for my writing comes from Focus on the Family for "It's a Dog's Job But Somebody's Gotta Do It" to be published in Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Pretty exciting! Although I started on this path hoping to publish a picture book—that will happen—I learned at last year's Mount Hermon Writers Conference that writing articles is a good place to start. And... let's be honest here. Will my picture book sell 65,000 copies? I wish! That's the circulation of Clubhouse Jr.
For those who write for children, I've listed the top magazine publishers. Click on the magazine name to see the writer's guidelines. Finding the guidelines for each magazine is a challenging exercise—they don't make it simple. All of these publications accept unsolicited freelance submissions, some up to 80%. The magazines marked with an asterisk (*) are Christian themed.
American Girl Girls 8 - 12, Circ. 600,000
Boys' Life Boys 8 - 18, Circ. 11 million (whoa!)
Boys' Quest Boys 5 - 14
Clubhouse* 8 - 12, Circ. 90,000
Clubhouse Jr* 4 - 8, Circ. 65,000
Cricket 9 - 14, Circ. 55,000
Fun For Kidz 5 - 14
Highlights 6 - 12, Circ. 2 million
Hopscotch Girls 5 - 14, Circ. 14,000
Jack And Jill 7 - 10, Circ. 360,000
Ladybug 3 - 6, Circ. 130,000
New Moon Girls 8 - 14, Circ. 30,000
Pockets* 6 - 11, Circ. 67,000
Shine Brightly* Girls 9 - 14, Circ. 13,000
Sparkle* Girls 6 - 9, Circ. 5,000
Spider 6 - 9, Circ. 70,000
I hope this makes it helpful for you to submit articles for magazines. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.