Children’s Magazine Writing Tips

I have been writing for children’s magazines on an occasional basis for about 15 years and have been thrilled to see my work published in magazines like Babybug, Ladybug, Highlights, and High Five. Writing for children’s magazines is a great way for beginning writers to get some experience writing for children, and for more experienced writers to find a market for those ideas that don’t quite work in book format.

Analyzing Magazines – Read Like a Writer

As with any genre, it’s important to READ magazines before trying to write for them. As you read, ask yourself questions about each piece in the magazine, such as:

  • what is the genre? topic? POV?
  • what age level is this for?
  • how long is it?
  • how many and what type of illustrations?
  • is this a recurring feature?
  • does it have a seasonal or holiday tie-in?

​I recommend doing this with several different issues of the same magazine. Write down your observations. You will start to see patterns, and also will develop your ability to make your work match the style and editorial requirements of a particular magazine.

Download this FREE Magazine Analysis Worksheet to help you read like a writer, think through questions, and record your observations.

Children's Magazine Writing – Articles & Resources

General Resource

  • SCBWI Blueboard (Magazines and EZines section): Lots of advice on querying, calls for magazine submissions, craft advice, and crowdsourced “response times” from magazines

Market Listings

Writing & Submitting Tips

Articles on writing nonfiction by Kirsten Larson:

Magazine nonfiction query samples by Kirsten Larson: