Submission Guidelines

Are you a children’s writer?

We are taking submissions for children’s short stories (up to 800 words).

What We Want

Stories should be kid-friendly, free of violence, and “questionable” content. Fun, humorous, and clever work is always appreciated.

Note if your piece is seasonal, please submit at least 3 months prior to the occasion and put (NAME SEASON) SUBMISSION in the subject line. Most of our nonfiction is done in-house but we do occasionally take exceptional pieces.

Submissions may be submitted as word doc or in the body of the email.

Please, only one submission per email.

We pay 15.00 for short stories through PayPal only (payment upon publication).

You will also get a byline, two linkbacks, bio, and promoted on our social media feeds.


Exclusive One-Year publication rights. For all future republishing, acknowledge Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids as the first publisher. Contributors retain copyrights to their works.

Please send your submissions to;

We accept both queries and full manuscripts. Please note due to the volume of submissions response time can take up to eight weeks.

Smarty Pants Pet Star Submissions

Do you have a picture or a video of your pet doing something cute, funny, or totally outrageous? Send it to us at the above email and your pet might just become a Smarty Pants Pet Star!

Don’t forget to tell us your pet’s name, and to include some information like why your pet does this cute antic, when he/she started doing it, or if this was a one-time action!

Note: There is NO PAYMENT for Pet Star submissions.

Smarty Pants Audio

We also do audio stories! Please click here for more details!