Submission Guidelines for APPLESEEDS magazine for children ages 6-9

General Information

Following are writers' guidelines for APPLESEEDS, a 36-page, multidisciplinary, nonfiction social studies magazine for children ages 6 and up (primarily in grades 3 & 4). Writers are encouraged to study recent APPLESEEDS past copies for content and style. (Sample copies are available at $6.95 plus $2.00 shipping and handling. SAMPLE COPIES WILL NOT BE SENT WITHOUT PREPAYMENT) All material must relate to the theme of a specific upcoming edition in order to be considered.

Editorial Guidelines

We are looking for articles that are lively, age-appropriate, and exhibit an original approach to the theme. Scientific and historical accuracy is extremely important. Authors are urged to use primary sources and up-to-date resources for their research. And remember, your article must stimulate the curiosity of a child. APPLESEEDS purchases all rights to material.

Feature articles:
1-4 pages, (Most editions contain about 10 feature articles.)
Includes: nonfiction, interviews, and how-to

  • Fun Stuff (games or activities relating to the theme, 2 pages)
  • Reading Corner (literature piece, 2-4 pages)
  • By the Numbers (math activities relating to the theme, 1 page)
  • Where in the World (map activities, 2 pages)
  • Your Turn (theme-related opportunities for children to take action, 1 page)
  • Experts in Action (short profile of professional in field related to theme, 1 page)
  • The Artist's Eye (fine or folk art relating to theme, 1 page)
  • From the Source (age-appropriate primary source material, 1-2 pages)

Assume 150 words per page; payment approximately $50 per page

Query Guidelines

Writers may propose an article for any upcoming edition. The article idea must be closely related to the theme. Please include a completed query: write a brief description of your idea, including a list of sources you plan to use, your intended word length, and any unique angle or hook you think will make your piece irresistible to its intended audience (6- to 9-year-olds and their teachers and parents).

Please note that:
  • Each query must be written separately; however, you may email them together.
  • Feel free to include copies of published writing samples with your query if you have not yet written for APPLESEEDS.
  • After the deadline for query proposals has passed, the editors will review the suggestions and assign articles. This may take several months - don't despair! We may suggest modifications to your original proposal or assign an entirely new idea.

Please do not begin work until you've received a detailed assignment sheet from us!


  • Email queries are required. To avoid problems in downloading attachments, always include your query in the body of the email. You may also include attachments if you wish.
  • Queries may be submitted at any time before the deadline, but queries sent well in advance of deadline MAY NOT BE ANSWERED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.
  • Assignments are made approximately one month before manuscripts are due.
  • Due to the large volume of queries we receive, we are no longer able to notify writers whose queries are not selected for assignment. 

Email queries to Marcia Amidon Lusted:

PLEASE include your mailing address and phone number on any query!

AppleSeeds Theme list for 2015 - 2016[query due date]

Animal Intelligence [Sept 2015] How smart are animals? What amazing things are we learning about their intelligence?


Growing Up on Plymouth Plantation [Oct 2015] Another in our series about what it was like to be a kid growing up as a Pilgrim at Plymouth Plantation.


Stories in Music [Nov/Dec 2015]  What is opera? How does it tell stories through music? What goes on behind the scenes of an opera house? How do these amazing performances get created? Includes kid opera performers, how kids are getting involved, the kinds of jobs that are done in an opera company, and a peek backstage at one of the famous opera companies in the United States.


You Are There: Ancient Mexico [Jan 2016]  In our continuing series of “you are there” in specific periods, a look at ancient Mexico and the civilizations of the Aztec and Maya.


Soccer [Feb 2016]  It's one of the most popular sports in the world...a look at the game of soccer, from kids all the way to the World Cup.


Abigail Adams [Mar 2016] We hear so much about the Founding Fathers during the American Revolution. But what about the Founding Mothers like Abigail Adams? Who was she, and why is she interesting and important?


How the World Works: Zoos [Apr 2016] What  really goes on behind the scenes at a zoo? How do animals arrive there, how are they taken care of, and what is it really like behind the scenes?


Sharks [May/June 2016] Sharks have a bad reputation in the human world, but how much do we really know about them?

The Olympics [Jul/Aug 2016] A look at the Olympic games and the people who organize them, participate in them, and win them.10/1/15

Photo Guidelines

To be considered for publication, photographs must relate to a specific theme. Writers are encouraged to submit available photos with their query or article.

  • Our fees for non-agency professional quality photographs range from $25 to $50/image.
  • Cover fees are set on an individual basis for one-time use, plus promotional use.
  • All cover images are color.
  • Prices set by museums, societies, stock photography houses, etc., are paid or negotiated. Photographs that are promotional in nature (e.g., from tourist agencies, organizations, special events, etc.) are usually submitted at no charge.
  • If you have photographs pertaining to any upcoming theme, please contact the editor by email. You may email low-resolution images for consideration, but please do not mail original non-digital images unless specifically requested to do so.

Updated 10/09/14

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