Saturday, January 21, 2006

Writing Op - Appleseeds Mag

Writers' Guidelines for APPLESEEDS

General Information

APPLESEEDS is a 36-page, multidisciplinary, nonfiction social studies magazine for children ages 8 and up (primarily in grades 3 & 4). Writers are encouraged to study recent back issues for content and style. (Sample issues are available at $5.95 plus $2.00 shipping and handling. Send 10" x 13" self-addressed envelope.) We are looking for articles that are lively, age-appropriate, and exhibit an original approach to the theme. Scientific and historical accuracy is extremely important. Authors are urged to use primary sources and up-to-date resources for their research. And remember, your article must stimulate the curiosity of a child. APPLESEEDS purchases all rights to material.


Writers may propose an article for any issue. The article idea must be closely related to the theme of the issue. Please include a completed query.
  • Each query must be written separately; however, you may mail / email them together.
  • Feel free to include copies of published writing samples with your query if you have not yet written for APPLESEEDS.
  • After the deadline for query proposals has passed, the editors will review the suggestions and assign articles. This may take several months - don't despair! We may suggest modifications to your original proposal or assign an entirely new idea.
Please do not begin work until you've received a detailed assignment sheet from us!


Feature articles:
1-4 pages, (Most issues contain about 6-8 feature articles.)
Includes: nonfiction, interviews, and how-to

  • Fun Stuff (games or activities relating to the theme, 2 pages)
  • Reading Corner (literature piece, 2-4 pages)
  • By the Numbers (math activities relating to the theme, 1 page)
  • Where in the World (map activities, 2 pages)
  • Your Turn (theme-related opportunities for children to take action, 1 page)
  • Experts in Action (short profile of professional in field related to theme, 1 page)
  • The Artist's Eye (fine or folk art relating to theme, 1 page)
  • From the Source (age-appropriate primary source material, 1-2 pages)
Assume 150 words per page; payment approximately $50 per page

Photo Guidelines

To be considered for publication, photographs must relate to a specific theme. Writers are encouraged to submit available photos with their query or article. We buy one-time use.

Our suggested fee range for professional quality photographs* follows:

¼ pagetofull page

* Please note that fees for non-professional quality photographs are negotiated.
  • Cover fees are set on an individual basis for one-time use, plus promotional use. All cover images are color.
  • Prices set by museums, societies, stock photography houses, etc., are paid or negotiated. Photographs that are promotional in nature (e.g., from tourist agencies, organizations, special events, etc.) are usually submitted at no charge.
  • If you have photographs pertaining to any upcoming theme, please contact the editor by mail or fax, or send them with your query. You may also send images on speculation.
Theme list for 2006 - 2007[query due date]
Growing up in Jamestown (September)[10/15/05]
Who Did What in Ancient Egypt? (October)[11/15/05]
Firefighting (November)[12/15/05]
The Play's the Thing (December)[1/15/06]
Around and About the Planets (January)[2/15/06]
Exploring the Everglades (February)[3/15/06]
Salt (March)[4/15/06]
Helen Keller (April)[5/15/06]
Circuses (May)[6/15/06]

Write a brief description of your idea, including a list of sources you plan to use, your intended word length, and any unique angle or hook you think will make your piece irresistible to its intended audience (8- to 10-year-olds and their teachers and parents).


  • Email queries are preferred. To avoid problems in downloading attachments, always include your query in the body of the email. You may also include attachments if you wish.
  • Queries may be submitted at any time before the deadline, but queries sent well in advance of deadline MAY NOT BE ANSWERED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.
  • Assignments are made approximately one month before manuscripts are due.
  • Due to the large volume of queries we receive, we are no longer able to notify writers whose queries are not selected for assignment. If you wish to check on the status of your query, please e-mail Associate Editor Annabel Wildrick ( no earlier than one month after the query due date.
Email queries to:

Or mail them to:
Susan Buckley, Editor
140 E 83rd St.
New York, NY 10028
Mail sample requests to:
Editorial Department
Cobblestone Publishing
Attn: Sample Requests
30 Grove Street, Suite C
Peterborough, NH 03458

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