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Make Money by Writing: Be Paid to Write YA and Children Stories for 7+ Magazines in 2021


Whether you're a seasoned YA and children's author or simply enjoy reading YA and children's books and want to try writing one, this is an excellent opportunity to do what you enjoy. In this post, you'll learn about 7+ magazines that will pay you to write short stories for YA and children in 2021 in various genres (fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, etc.).

Magazines Pay for Writing YA and Children Stories in 2021

1. The Caterpillar

The Caterpillar is a magazine of poems, stories, and art, created by grown-ups for children. It is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11, though grown-ups are bound to like it too. It appears four times a year and is jam-packed full of entertainment.

They welcome contributions from writers and artists (aged 16 and up) from all around the world but keep in mind that their responses can take up to four months.

If you'd like to submit poetry, then send no more than six poems in one Word document to Short stories should be no more than 1,000 words long and send as individual Word attachments to

2. Cricket Media

Cricket Media aims to offer the highest quality writing and illustration for children of all ages through its children’s magazines.

Their literary magazines offer illustrated poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction for ages 6 months and up, while their nonfiction magazines offer science, technology, culture, social studies, and ideas for ages 3 and up.

The titles of their literary magazines are as follows:

  • BABYBUG® for ages 6 months–3 years
  • LADYBUG® for ages 3–6 years
  • SPIDER® for ages 6–9 years
  • CRICKET® for ages 9–14 years

The titles of their nonfiction magazines are as follows:

  • CLICK® Science and Discovery for ages 3–7 years
  • ASK® Science and Discovery for ages 7–10 years
  • MUSE® Science and Discovery for ages 9–14 years
  • COBBLESTONE™ American History for ages 9–14 years
  • FACES™ World Cultures and Geography for ages 9–14 years

Their literary magazines accept submissions from writers of all experience levels, while their science, social studies, and discovery magazines seek writers with subject expertise.

You should visit the Cricket Media website to learn more about the guidelines and submission procedures of each magazine.

Pay Rate of literary magazines: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 min. Payments for nonfiction magazines are not indicated on their website.

3. Ember – A Journal of Laminus

Ember is a journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for readers aged 10 to 18.

They welcome short stories up to 12,000 words. However, “twelve thousand” is not a goal or a challenge, it's an upper limit. They welcome Flash Fiction as well, but keep in mind that it is not the same as “vignette;” even very short works of 500 to 1500 words should still present an interesting and compelling story. Creative Non-Fiction must be a beautiful union of exposition and literature based on a true story. They do not publish chapters of larger works, essays, journalism, or news articles.

They only accept submissions through their submission page at Submittable. They will lead you to the Submittable if you submit by e-mail. Their response rate is usually 4-5 months after submission, therefore you can write them after that time to inquire about the progress of your entry.

4. Spaceports & Spidersilk

Spaceports & Spidersilk is a print magazine with a target audience of 8 to 89 years old. It includes short stories, poems, and art, as well as brief essays on science and the environment, quizzes, contests, interviews, and anything else genre-related that will help encourage the younger generation to read.

They will consider genre stories of 1,000 to 3,000 words, flash fiction – less than 1,000 words, poetry of up to 25 lines, black-and-white art, cover art, essays of up to 800 words, and interviews and articles of up to 800 words.

​If you'd like to submit something to them, send your stories, essays, articles, and so on as RTF attachments to with SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line.

Pay Rate: $6.00 for each accepted original story; $3.00 for each accepted flash fiction; $2.00 for each accepted story reprint; $2.00 for each accepted poem; 10.00 for the cover art; $4.00 for each accepted b&w illustration

5. The School Magazine

The School Magazine is an Australian literary publication for children (8-12) that offers literary and academically significant short stories, articles, plays, poems, and activities. It aims to reflect the diversity and inclusivity of Australian society.

They accept fiction stories (realistic, fantastical, or humorous genres) of up to 1,500 words, articles (journalistic and creative nonfiction genres) of 800 to 2,000 words, poems of up to thirty lines, and plays of up to 1,500 words.

If you’re interested in writing for them, send your submission to

6. U.S. Kids Magazines

U.S. Kids Magazines include Humpty Dumpty Magazine for children aged 2 to 6 and Jack and Jill Magazine for children aged 6 to 12.

Humpty Dumpty Magazine accepts fiction short stories of up to 450 words, poems of up to 12 lines, and crafts of up to 250 words. Send your submission to

Jack and Jill Magazine accepts fiction stories of 600 to 800 words, nonfiction stories of up to 700 words. Send your submission to

They usually respond within three months, so if they don't, send them an email.

Pay Rate for Humpty Dumpty Magazine: $30 and up for each accepted fiction story, $25 and up for each accepted poem, $40 and up for each accepted craft story.

Pay Rate for Jack and Jill Magazine: $25 and up for each accepted fiction and nonfiction story

7. Youth Imagination

Youth Imagination is a monthly magazine that focuses on the creative fiction writing by, and for, youth, sparking their imagination. They also encourage writing for this young audience and love to see great stories by adult authors, too.

They will consider long stories of 8,001 to 20,000 words, short stories of 1,000 to 8,000 words, and flash fiction of 200 to 999 words.

All stories must be submitted through their submission page at Submittable since stories sent via email will be deleted without being read. If you have not received a response from them after 60 days, you can query about the status of your story.

Pay Rate: $15 for each accepted long story; $8 for each accepted short story; $3 for each accepted flash fiction. Additionally, accepting payment via PayPal earns you a $2 bonus per flash, short, or long story.

In addition to these seven magazines there are:

  • Fun For Kidz Magazine (6-12), which pays a minimum of five cents per word for both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a minimum of $10 per poem and puzzle.
  • Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. (3-7) and Focus on the Family Clubhouse (8-12), which pay 15 to 25 cents per word for both fiction and nonfiction stories.

You can find more information on their websites; however, they only accept submissions via mail.

Finally, check their instructions thoroughly before pitching to ensure that you meet all of their needs. If you need assistance writing short stories, the following books can help:

And best of luck to everyone.


T-Kayyali (author) from Turkey on September 18, 2021:

Thank you. I hope to continue posting articles that will be of help to others.

T-Kayyali (author) from Turkey on September 18, 2021:

I agree. It's very rewarding.

T-Kayyali (author) from Turkey on September 18, 2021:

You're welcome. I'm glad the info was helpful. Good luck with your submissions.

T-Kayyali (author) from Turkey on September 18, 2021:

You're welcome.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on September 09, 2021:

Writing for young adults and children is a great place to influence and teach these age groups. Getting paid while doing this seems really enticing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 09, 2021:

Great information.

I'm always looking for places to submit my work.

Thank you.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 09, 2021:

You have given a lot of interesting information that can be used gainfully.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 09, 2021:

Very useful information. Thanks.

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