SPIDER magazine for children ages six to nine
SPIDER, a literary magazine for children, features fresh and engaging literature, poems, articles, and activities for newly independent readers. Editors seek energetic, beautifully crafted submissions with strong "kid appeal" (an elusive yet recognizable quality, often tied to high-interest elements such as humor, adventure, and suspense).
Whether a fictional setting is long-ago or here-and-now, or the protagonist is the class clown or a talking tiger, characters and the worlds they inhabit should be complex and believable.
Length: 300 to 1,000 words
Poems should be succinct, imaginative, and accessible; we tend to avoid long narrative poems.
Length: Up to 20 lines
For nonfiction, SPIDER readers enjoy well-researched articles about animals, kids their own age doing amazing things, and cool science discoveries (such as wetsuits for penguins and real-life invisibility cloaks). Nonfiction articles should rise above a simple list of facts; we look for kid-friendly nonfiction shaped into an engaging narrative.
Length: 300 to 800 words
Crafts and Activities
We also appreciate clever crafts, recipes, games, and puzzles; however, please submit only activities that a reader would be able to perform on his/her own, with minimal parental assistance.
Length: one to four pages
SPIDER does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.
Check out a sample issue of SPIDER magazine online.
We now accept, and prefer, online submissions via Submittable. Submittable Submissions Manager makes it easier than ever to submit and track your manuscripts online. Our Submittable page, cricketmag.submittable.com, 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 cricketmag.submittable.com. 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 www.cricketmag.com/preview. You can purchase sample issues online, by emailing email@example.com, 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.
We do accept hard copy submissions. When submitting a hard copy of your manuscript, please follow the instructions above, as well as these additional instructions:
- Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Domestic submissions without a SASE will be discarded.
- Submissions from outside the U.S. do not need to include a SASE. We will respond via email. International authors are encouraged to submit via our Submittable page, cricketmag.submittable.com.
- SASE is for our response only. Manuscripts are not returned.
- Manuscript should be typed and double-spaced.
- Address hard copy submissions to:
70 E. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601
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.
- 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: SPIDER 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
- Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate