Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Smarty Pants Magazine.

Please note that our guidelines have changed.

We are sorry to announce that we are no longer paying for submissions.

However, if you choose to submit to us, and your story/poem is accepted, we will make your creation into a narrated audio story with music and sound effects. You will also get a bio and two link backs to your blog, website, or other social media.

If the submission is written by a child, please put ‘SHOW’ US YOUR STUFF SUBMISSION’ in the subject line. We also ask that you include the name and age of the child submitting.

Note: We are an online publication only – meaning we DO NOT print in hardcopy!

What We Want

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

Works containing ANY form of animal abuse or neglect will NOT be considered.

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.

Include a short cover letter with your submission and the title or topic of your submission in the subject line. NOTE: Submissions without these will be disregarded without reading.


We ask for first serial rights on any story we publish. This means that the story should not have appeared anywhere else, either in print or online. When we publish a story, we ask for a brief period of exclusivity (one-year with us). Copyright always remains with the author.

We also reserve the right to edit pieces for clarity and optimal readability. You will be acknowledged as the author of the story and are free to promote the work on social media sites, websites, and blogs. If we narrate your story we are happy to provide you with a mp3 file of the story for your use. 

Please send your submissions to;

We accept 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!