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FACES™ Submission Guidelines

General Information

Lively, original approaches to the subject are the primary concerns of the editors of FACES in choosing material. 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 (themes and deadlines given below). FACES 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).


Feature Articles

  • 700–800 words
  • Includes: in-depth nonfiction highlighting an aspect of the featured culture, interviews, and personal accounts.

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.


  • Up to 800 words
  • Includes: Retold legends, folktales, stories, and original plays from around the world, etc., relating to the theme.


  • Up to 700 words
  • Includes: crafts, games, recipes, projects, etc., which children can do either alone or with adult supervision. Should be accompanied by sketches and description of how activity relates to theme.

Puzzles and Games

  • (No crossword puzzles.)
  • Word puzzles using the vocabulary of the edition’s theme.
  • Mazes and picture puzzles that relate to the theme.


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 resources and up-to-date scholarly resources in their bibliography. Writers new to FACES 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.

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: faces@cricketmedia.com.

Art Submissions

See our submission guidelines for artists.

FACES 2020 Issue Themes (and query deadlines)

January 2021: Central America

  • An introduction to the countries of Central America
  • Queries by: July 31, 2020

February 2021: Fun for All

  • Sports and games have been modified through time to ensure a fun, fair, and safe experience for all.
  • Queries by: August 17, 2020

March 2021: Clara Barton and Global Health

  • More than 1,500 health organizations across the globe provide critical services, such as training health-care workers, doctors, and nurses; educating people about disease; feeding people; providing sanitary drinking water; vaccinating; developing new beneficial drugs; and providing medicines.
  • Queries by: September 14, 2020

April 2021: Rock and Roll

  • Rock and Roll is a universal language with global roots.
  • Queries by: October 5, 2020

May/June 2021: South Korea

  • Often overshadowed by its powerful neighbors, South Korea is a vibrant and fascinating country in its own right.
  • Queries by: November 9, 2020

July/August 2021: It’s a Small World

  • Issue will highlight “small” places and things.
  • Queries by: December 7, 2020

September 2021: Alaska

  • Alaska became the 49th state in 1959. It is the largest state by geographic size, but is home to fewer than 700,000 people.
  • Queries by: January 11, 2021

October 2021: Go Fish!

  • Latest installment of issues focusing on animals and their cultural significance
  • Queries by: February 8, 2021

November/December 2021: Great Cities of the World: Athens

  • Continuation in our “Great Cities of the World” series. Athens is a fun mix of the old and the new, the classic and the modern.
  • Queries by: March 8, 2021