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Submissions for Issue 6 will open summer 2023.


Click here to read about the issue five's theme, New Beginnings.

Little Thoughts Press publishes stories, poetry, and artwork for young readers ages ten and under. All submitted material should be aimed at this audience. While writing for children does not need to be explicitly childlike in style and can address complex emotions and experiences, any work featuring adult themes and language will not be accepted. 

  • Please send previously unpublished work only—for our purposes, a piece is considered published if it has appeared online or in print in an existing journal, magazine, anthology, or other books. Work that has appeared on personal blogs, social media, or as part of a class assignment is okay. 

  • We will happily accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere by emailing us at to withdraw your piece. 

  • You are welcome to submit multiple pieces at a time and can send any combination of poetry, stories, and artwork as outlined below. All written pieces should be submitted in a single document with the titles of each piece clearly marked (.doc/.docx, or pdf preferred). 


All submissions should be sent using our submission forms. Please do not email submissions. You should automatically receive a copy of your form submission via email. If you do not, or if you have any difficulty with the submission form, please contact Claire at


We welcome submissions from writers and artists of all ages. A number of spots per issue will be reserved for our youngest submitters ages 12 and under. Please be sure to use the submission form that corresponds to your age group. 


Poetry: please submit up to 3 poems of any style.

Stories: please submit up to 2 stories (1000 words or less per story)


Please submit only 1 illustration (in .jpg or .png format).

YOUTH WRITERS (ages 12 and under)

All submissions should be your original creations. If you need a parent, teacher, or caregiver's help with writing, spelling, or completing the submission form, that is fine, but submitted stories, poetry, and artwork should be the creations of your own mind. 



The rights to your work remain with you. We do ask that you not publish any accepted pieces before they appear in Little Thoughts Press, and that if your piece is published elsewhere in the future, you kindly credit Little Thoughts Press as its initial publication. While monetary payment is not available at this time, if your work is accepted for publication, you will receive a complimentary copy of the issue, as well as a discount on the purchase of additional copies. In addition, Little Thoughts Press is dedicated to promoting access to reading for all children. We are happy to provide a complimentary copy of the issue in which your work appears to your school or local library. If you'd like to help support this initiative, please consider making a donation. All donations will be used toward the cost of providing complimentary issues to libraries and schools. 

Little Thoughts Press is a safe, open & inclusive creative space. We will not tolerate racism, bigotry, hatred, or abuse of any kind. We welcome creators of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities. If you have questions, concerns, or difficulties with our submission process, please email Claire at

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