Thursday, April 15, 2010

Get Paid for Articles in Children's Magazines

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
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.


  1. Congratulations, Chris! I loved your article and am not the least bit surprised that you found a good home for it. Let us know when it is published!

    Thanks for sharing the great guidelines! I'm going to brag about you and link from the website.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Congratulations, Chris!!! I'm sooo happy for you.

  3. Chris, you are amazing! Thank you for the guidelines and CONGRATULATIONS! You will see more compensation coming your way AND God's word will reach farther than you ever imagined! Keep writing and smiling. I love your smile!!!

  4. Congratulations is in order! Yea for you.

    Thanks for posting the top ten magazine for children. I will mark them in my writers' market guideline for future reference.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Congratulations!! Great blog.



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