General Information

COBBLESTONE is interested in articles of historical accuracy and lively, original approaches to the subject at hand. Do not forget that our magazine is aimed at youths from ages 9–14. Writers are encouraged to study recent past copies for content and style. (Sample copies are available for viewing at the Cricket Media Store, where you can also purchase a current issue.) Issues are also available at many local libraries. All material must relate to the theme of a specific upcoming edition in order to be considered. COBBLESTONE purchases all rights to material.

 

Cricket Media is committed to a diverse literary culture, and we welcome works by writers from underrepresented groups (people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, and other marginalized peoples).

 

Guidelines

Feature Articles

700–800 words

Includes: in-depth nonfiction, plays, first-person accounts, and biographies.

 

Supplemental Nonfiction

300–600 words

Includes: subjects directly and indirectly related to the theme. Editors like little-known information but encourage writers not to overlook the obvious.

 

Fiction

Up to 800 words

Includes: authentic historical and biographical fiction, adventure, and retold legends relating to the theme.

 

Activities

Up to 500 words

Includes: crafts, recipes, woodworking, or any other interesting projects that can be done either by children alone or with adult supervision. Sketches and description of how activity relates to theme should accompany queries.

 

Poetry

Up to 100 lines.

Clear, objective imagery. Serious and light verse considered. Must relate to theme.

 

Puzzles and Games

(Please, no word finds.) Crossword and other word puzzles using the vocabulary of the edition’s theme. Mazes and picture puzzles that relate to the theme.

 

Procedure

In order for your idea to be considered, a query must accompany each individual idea (multiple queries can be submitted at the same time) and must include the following:

 

  • A brief cover letter stating the subject and word length of the proposed article.
  • A detailed one-page outline explaining the information to be presented in the article.
  • An extensive bibliography of materials the author intends to use in preparing the article.

 

Authors are urged to use primary sources and up-to-date scholarly works in their bibliography. Writers new to COBBLESTONE should send a writing sample with the query. If you would like to know whether your query has been received, please indicate in your subject line with “RESPONSE REQUESTED.” In all correspondence, please include your complete address as well as an email address and telephone number where you can be reached. Authors are requested to supply a 2- to 3–line biographical sketch.

 

A writer may send as many queries for one edition as he or she wishes, but each query must have a separate cover letter, outline, and bibliography. Submit queries via email to cobblestone@cricketmedia.com.

 

Please do not send unsolicited manuscripts. Queries only!

 

Note: Queries may be submitted at any time, but queries sent well in advance of deadline MAY NOT BE ANSWERED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. Requests for material proposed in queries are usually sent five months prior to publication date. Due to the volume of submissions received, unused queries will not be acknowledged. Email queries to: cobblestone@cricketmedia.com.

 

Art Submissions

 

See our submission guidelines for artists.

 


2020 Issue Themes (and query deadlines)

January 2020: Land From Mexico (6/15/19)
February 2020: Food Inventions (6/15/19)
March 2020: Women’s Suffrage (100th anniversary of 19th Amendment) (6/15/19)
April 2020: It’s Tax History Time! (6/15/19)
May/June 2020: Asian Immigration (7/1/19)
July/August 2020: Remembering the Roaring ’20s (7/1/19)
September 2020: This Is For the Birds (John James Audubon, Wildlife Artist) (8/1/19)
October 2020: Presidential Elections (9/1/19)
November/December 2020: Civil War: Reconstruction (10/1/19)