Submissions for Issue 7 are open November 27 - January 1.
All submissions will receive a response by January 15, 2024.
Click here to read about the issue seven's theme, Fabulous Facts.
Please note that we have changed the guidelines for prose submissions. We now request you submit stories of no more than 600 words each.
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Please send previously unpublished work only—for our purposes, a piece is considered published if it has appeared online or in print in an existing journal, magazine, anthology, or other books.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 are only interested in your original creations. Please do not send us AI-created work.
We will happily accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere by emailing us at email@example.com 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. A thank you message should pop up upon successful completion of your submission. If you do not see this message, or if you have any difficulty with the submission form, please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
FOR WRITING SUBMISSIONS:
Poetry: please submit up to 3 poems of any style.
Stories: please submit up to 2 stories (600 words or less per story—please note that this is a change from past submission periods. Stories over 600 words will not be considered for publication.)
FOR ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS:
Please submit only 1 illustration (in .jpg or .png format).
YOUTH WRITERS & ARTISTS (ages 12 and under) please note:
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. Please be sure to select the 12 and under box on the submission form.
ALL SUBMITTERS, if you are ready to submit your work, please COMPLETE OUR SUBMISSION FORM HERE. (You should get a message after hitting submit thanking you for your submission. This message confirms that your submission was received.
RIGHTS & PAYMENT
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 when purchasing five or more additional copies.
Little Thoughts Press is dedicated to promoting access to reading for all children. We are happy to provide complimentary copies of our issues to schools or local libraries. If you'd like a copy sent to a library in your community, please reach out to Claire at email@example.com to discuss that process. If you'd like to help support this initiative, please consider making a donation. All donations will be used toward the cost of production and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.