Frequently Asked Questions

Stone Soup Magazine
June 2019

What ages is Stone Soup intended for?
In general, Stone Soup is for 8- to 13-year-olds. Good readers under age 8 might also enjoy it. Some readers continue to enjoy it after they turn 14. Our writers and artists are all ages 8 to 13.

How can I send my work to Stone Soup?
Read our Contributors’ Guidelines for a detailed answer to this question.

What are my chances of getting published?
We receive 200 to 300 submissions a month. We really enjoy seeing everyone’s work, but, unfortunately, we are able to publish only a small percentage of the work we receive in Stone Soup.

Stone Soup’s age limit is 13. Where can I send my work after I turn 14?
We do not have a publication of our own for older writers, but we do know of some other outlets for teen writers and artists. Where you go will depend on what kind of work you are producing, and we have made a list of some of the publications by and for teens that we know about, with links so you can explore them for yourself. You might also try your own Google search, or ask the librarian at your high school or public library to help you find resources. Please do stay in touch with us and let us know what you are working on after Stone Soup, and tell us what other resources we should add to our page. Good luck!

How many years has Stone Soup been published?
Since 1973. We celebrated our 45th anniversary in 2018!

Is the print version of Stone Soup still available?
Yes, it is! We offer home delivery print subscriptions to readers in the United States and Canada, and sell one off copies and back issues (as well as the Stone Soup Annual and our collection of thematic anthologies, the Stone Soup Books of…) at our online store,  We are planning to reintroduce print subscriptions for the rest of the world by mid 2019. Digital-only subscribers who want a paper copy can download a PDF version of each issue and print it at home.

How can I access Stone Soup online?
Enjoy Stone Soup online in brilliant color on computer, tablet, or smart phone, or get the Stone Soup app. Explore the current issue online, as well as 20 years of back issues in the Stone Soup Archives. Our online issues have all the same great writing and art readers have loved for decades in the print issues, in a digital format. Bonus materials, all by kids, include book reviews, blog posts, music performances and compositions, videos, photographs, and spoken word.

Where does the name Stone Soup come from?
Stone Soup is the name of a folktale that is told in many countries, including Russia, Sweden, and parts of Africa. Most of the versions tell how a pot of water and a stone can turn into a great soup when everyone contributes a little something — a potato, a carrot, some chicken. In Stone Soup Magazine, all our writers contribute a little something to make each issue rich and tasty. Click here to read more about the Stone Soup folktale.

What rights does Stone Soup purchase for the work it publishes?
When we select a piece for publication, we send a permission contract to the author’s parents. Normally, we purchase all rights, but we are happy to make other arrangements when asked.

Do you publish any other magazines besides Stone Soup?
No, our company, the Children’s Art Foundation, publishes only one magazine: Stone Soup. However, we also publish anthologies that collect stories from past issues into books that focus on different themes. You can purchase these from the Stone Soup Store.

Do you publish any work at all by adults? Book reviews? Artwork?
No, everything we publish is by young writers and artists. Our age limit is 13.

Do you have any job openings or internships?
We are always open to inquiries from qualified people who want to help us with our projects. Send your cover letter and resume to William Rubel.


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