Please note: We are currently seeking short stories written on a 1st - 2nd grade reading level. Recommended length is 500-1,000 words.

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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 1000 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.


We pay $25 per short story.

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.