Please note: As of October 1, 2014, we are currently closed to short story submissions. Please check back periodically for when we will reopen again. Thank you.

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Please review our submission guidelines for fiction short stories. 

Main Guidelines:

The focus and mission of knowonder! magazine is to help parents promote, encourage and teach creativity, imagination, and literacy to their children.

Our audience is parents and their children between the ages of 3 and 10. Story submissions should be fiction. We may accept the occasional non-fiction story but this is the exception, not the rule. We encourage writers to submit stories that are full of action, adventure, and/or fun. We discourage stories that deal with everyday lives of children, or present familiar things in a familiar way. We encourage creativity and imagination, and most of all, fun! Each story should be one that a child will love to listen to. Imagery and action are key elements that we strongly encourage.

Story word counts may range between 500 to 2000 words. Call-outs are appropriate and do not count toward the total word count. We are willing to entertain longer stories. We may be willing to accept stories told in rhyme, but have very high expectations for proper meter, etc.


At this time, we do not pay for short stories published on our website.  We also do NOT pay for articles that appear on our blog. printed in Fun Facts, For You by You, or stories or artwork printed on For Kids by Kids.

**HOWEVER**, we are very interested in publishing (in print and digital) collections of short stories by individual authors.  As an example, please see our new book "Dr. Franklin's Staticy Cat, and Other Unbelievable Tales" by Rolli.  Authors we choose to work with on full collections will receive contracts with industry-competitive royalty rates.

Here are the steps you'll need to take to achieve the goal of having your very own short story collection published:

  1. Submit 5 short stories to us - either all at once or as you write them.  Make sure they are the best you can possibly offer! (Note: if we already have accepted any of your unpublished stories, these can count toward your 5). 

  2. Once you reach the magic number of 5 accepted stories, we will know you have what it takes to achieve your own short story collection.  At this point, we will be looking for 10-15 more short stories to round out your collection. (Any stories previously published by Knowonder will count toward your total).  

  3. When you begin submitting these 10-15 exclusive stories, we will extend you a book contract with industry-competitive royalty rates.  Publishing terms and dates will also be negotiated at this time.
NEW: For authors who want to submit short stories but not as part of a collection, we will gladly accept your submissions as donations to support our Story-A-Day Database on our web site. These stories will be offered as part of a free subscription to participating school districts around the country through educational foundations and read by potentially hundreds of thousands of children and adults. These partnerships enhance our mission of providing literacy content that is accessible, affordable, and effective. 

NOTE on FORMAT: Please NO double-spacing. Single spacing with two spaces between paragraphs is preferred. No indenting on paragraphs is preferred. Only one space after periods, NOT two. Please include the word-count in your submission (on the actual document) along with your name, email and contact information.

Please only submit ONE text file per submission. You may also attach and submit artwork, where appropriate.

By submitting a story to knowonder!, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the legal agreement found here (

Our goal is to have a two-month response time (or less), so expect to hear back from us by two months at the latest. Feel free to email us for an update if it's been longer than two months.

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