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Illustrated poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction for ages 9 – 14. Each issue includes a signature cast of rambunctious bug characters who offer humorous commentary on the stories.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3–6 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:

Pays$0.25 per word

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 600

Max words: 6000

Sub Genres: Literary, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Historical, Humor, Science Fiction

Payment: $ 0.25 per word

CRICKET is interested in realistic contemporary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, folk tales, myths and legends, and humor. Most stories are 1200–1800 words in length; however, we occasionally serialize compelling longer stories of up to 6,000 words. We also need shorter pieces of 600–900 words.

Nonfiction - 1800 words max

Max words: 1200

Max words: 1800

Payment: $ 0.25 per word

CRICKET publishes thought-provoking nonfiction articles on a wide range of subjects: history, biography, true adventure, science and technology, sports, inventors and explorers, architecture and engineering, archaeology, dance, music, theater, and art. Articles should be carefully researched and include a solid bibliography that shows that research has gone beyond reviewing websites.


Max lines: 35

Payment: $ 0.25 per word

CRICKET publishes both serious and humorous poetry. Poems should be well-crafted, with precise and vivid language and images. Poems can explore a variety of themes, from nature, to family and friendships, to whatever you can imagine that will delight our readers and invite their wonder and emotional response. Most poems are 8–15 lines, but can be as short as 3 lines or up to 35 lines.


Illustrations are by assignment only. (We do not accept photography.)


Payment: $ 0.25 per word

See "Fiction" and "Poetry".

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    For nonfiction: Detailed queries include a cover letter, an outline of the proposed article, including scope and treatment, and proposed resources.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Manuscript should be submitted as a .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf file

  • Author's rights

    Stories and poems previously unpublished: Rights vary. Stories and poems previously published: BABYBUG purchases second publication rights. Fees vary, but are generally less than fees for first publication rights.

  • Additional info

    Our magazines do not accept general submissions from children under the age of 14. Our literary magazines do not post theme lists. However, we do post specific calls for submissions several times each year.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

57 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

25 days

Fastest response time

76 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 146 days

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    All genres

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