Submission Guidelines for CALLIOPE magazine for children ages 9-14

General Information

CALLIOPE covers world history (East / West) and we are looking for lively, original approaches to the subject. Keep in mind that our magazine is aimed at youths from ages 9 to 14. Writers are encouraged to study recent past copies for content and style. All material must relate to the theme of a specific upcoming edition in order to be considered. CALLIOPE purchases all rights to material.

Procedure

In order for your idea to be considered, a query must accompany each individual idea (however, you can mail them all together) and must include the following:

  1. a brief cover letter stating the subject and word length of the proposed article,
  2. a detailed one-page outline explaining the information to be presented in the article,
  3. an extensive bibliography of materials the author intends to use in preparing the article,
  4. a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Authors are urged to use primary resources and up-to-date scholarly resources in their bibliography. Writers new to CALLIOPE should send a writing sample with the query. If you would like to know if your query has been received, please also include a stamped postcard that requests acknowledgment of receipt. In all correspondence, please include your complete address as well as a telephone number where you can be reached.

A writer may send as many queries for one edition as he or she wishes, but each query must have a separate cover letter, outline, bibliography, and self-addressed stamped envelope. All queries must be typed.

Guidelines

Feature Articles:

  • 700-800 words
  • Includes: in-depth nonfiction, plays, and biographies

Supplemental Nonfiction:

  • 300-600 words

Includes: subjects directly and indirectly related to the theme. Editors like little-known information but encourage writers not to overlook the obvious.

Fiction:

  • up to 800 words
  • Includes: authentic historical and biographical fiction, adventure, retold legends, relating to the theme.

The above three pay 20 to 25 cents per printed word.

Activities:

  • up to 700 words.

Includes: crafts, recipes, woodworking, or any other interesting projects that can be done either by children alone or with adult supervision. Sketches and description of how activity relates to theme should accompany queries.

Puzzles and Games:

(please, no word finds). Crossword and other word puzzles using the vocabulary of the edition's theme. Mazes and picture puzzles that relate to the theme.

The above three pay on an individual basis.

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. We buy one-time use.

Our suggested fee range for professional quality photographs* follows:


¼ page to full page
b/w $15 to $100
color $25 to $100

* Please note that fees for non-professional quality photographs are negotiated.

  • 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 mail or fax, or send them with your query. You may also send images on speculation.

¼ pagetofull page
b/w$15to$100
color$25to$100

* Please note that fees for non-professional quality photographs are negotiated.
  • 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 mail or fax, or send them with your query. You may also send images on speculation.

Themes and Query Deadlines

September 2014: Egypt’s Breadbasket – Faiyum Oasis (9/16/13)
October 2014: The Great Brains: Socrates – Plato – Aristotle (9/27/13)
November/December 2014: Birth of Democracy & Citizenship (10/25/13)
January 2015: The Life of the Vikings (12/27/13)
February 2015: Birthplace of China: Yellow River (1/30/14)
March 2015: Renaissance Men: Great Artists and Inventors (2/27/14)
April 2015: Dollars and Sense — How Money Rules the World (3/28/14)
May/June 2015: Winston Churchill (4/25/14)
July/August 2015: Horse Power: How the Horse Changed the World (6/25/14)

Note

Queries may be submitted at any time, but queries sent well in advance of deadline MAY NOT BE ANSWERED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. Go-aheads requesting material proposed in queries are usually sent five months prior to publication date. Unused queries will be returned approximately three to four months prior to publication date. Hard copy queries ONLY, no email

Mail queries to:

Editorial Department
Cobblestone Publishing
Attn: Rosalie Baker
30 Grove Street, Suite C
Peterborough, NH 03458

Mail sample requests to:

Editorial Department
Cobblestone Publishing
Attn: Sample Requests
30 Grove Street, Suite C
Peterborough, NH 03458

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