BABYBUG magazine for children under three

BABYBUG, a look-and-listen magazine for children, presents simple poems, stories, nonfiction, and activities that reflect the natural playfulness and curiosity of babies and toddlers. When reviewing submissions, the editors look for manuscripts that please the ear and beg to be read again, as well as those that capture a baby's nearly constant discoveries in a few simple, concrete sentences.

We are particularly interested in work that encourages adult readers and babies to interact, such as action rhymes and finger plays (energetic poems that call for physical movement), and stories and poems that they may remember when playing, cuddling, or rocking.


Rhythmic and rhyming, poems may explore a baby's day, or they may be more whimsical.

Length: Eight-line maximum.


Although they are simple and clear, successful BABYBUG stories often end with a gentle or humorous surprise.

Length: Six-sentence maximum.

First Concepts

BABYBUG often features a "first concept," a playful take on a simple idea. Concepts may be expressed through poems, stories, very short nonfiction, or prompts for simple activities. Please see recent issues for examples.

BABYBUG does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.

Check out a sample issue of BABYBUG magazine online.

Online Submissions

We no longer accept hard copy submissions. Please submit online via Submittable. Submittable Submissions Manager makes it easier than ever to submit and track your manuscripts online. Our Submittable page,, contains simple forms for submitting to BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, CRICKET, and CICADA. Once you register with Submittable, you can track and manage your submissions to many popular publications all in one place. Submittable is especially convenient for international submissions.

Note: We do not accept email submissions.

The only place we accept online submissions is Please do not email submissions to editors or Customer Service, and please do not attach manuscripts to forms on this site or our children’s websites.


Before submitting, be sure to familiarize yourself with our magazines. Sample issues can be viewed at You can purchase sample issues online, by emailing, or by calling 1-800-821-0115. Issues are also available at many local libraries.

  • CRICKET Magazine Group will consider all manuscripts sent on speculation.
  • Please submit a complete manuscript. We do not accept queries.
  • Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts should include an exact word count; poetry manuscripts should include an exact line count.
  • Include full contact information: phone, email, and mailing address.
  • Manuscript should be submitted as a .doc, .docx, .txt., or .rtf file.
  • Please allow up to 3-6 months response time.

Print Submissions

We no longer accept hard copy submissions. Please submit online via Submittable

Art Submissions

See our submission guidelines for artists.

What Happens Next?

The Manuscript Review Process

  • After they are received, manuscripts are reviewed by first readers. First readers consider each submission's literary potential and whether it might be a good fit for one of our magazines.
  • Promising submissions are then carefully reviewed by at least three editors: an assistant editor, the magazine's editor, and the managing editor.
  • The managing editor, in conversation with the magazine’s editor, makes a final decision on whether to reject or accept the manuscript. For manuscripts that show some promise but need further development, the editor may write the author to request revisions on speculation.

After Acceptance

  • If we accept your manuscript, we will send you an acceptance letter detailing payment and rights information and any revisions we would like you to make.
  • Once we've received your revisions, we carefully line edit the manuscript. The manuscript is then returned for your review. We work closely with our writers to bring out the best in each story, essay, and poem.
  • Once the manuscript is edited, it will be kept on file until it is assigned to an issue. Because we work 6-8 months ahead of each issue, it can be a year or more before a manuscript is placed.


  • Stories and poems previously unpublished: Rights vary.
  • Stories and poems previously published: BABYBUG purchases second publication rights. Fees vary, but are generally less than fees for first publication rights.


  • Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word
  • Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum

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