For Writers

upcoming deadlines

The Hanukkah issue of Honeycake will be released in December 2019. For this issue, we are particularly interested in stories and poems that explore themes of creativity or creation, including building, planting, storytelling, music, art-making, photography, or creating something new. Humorous and whimsical pieces are welcome. We are also particularly looking for works by and about underrepresented groups in the American Jewish community, including Jews of color, LGBTQ+ Jews, Jewish immigrants, Jewish people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.

Deadline: July 1, 2019


Guide to Submissions

What we publish

Honeycake Magazine is a Jewish literary magazine for two- to six-year-olds. Each issue includes stories, poems, activities, and illustrations created by people in the Jewish community. We look for material that conveys a child-centered, inquisitive, imaginative perspective on the world. Pieces explore Jewish identity, through, for example:

  • examining a child’s experience of a Jewish object, holiday, space, or family relationship;

  • portraying a character grappling with or learning about a Jewish value;

  • using words or phrases in a Jewish language such as Hebrew or Yiddish;

  • drawing upon Jewish texts or oral traditions;

  • exploring a Jewish historical figure; or

  • highlighting Jewish religious or cultural practices.

Diversity and inclusion

Honeycake Magazine is committed to a diverse and inclusive Jewish literary culture. In particular, we are looking for works by and about underrepresented groups in the Jewish community, including Jews of color, LGBTQ+ Jews, Jewish immigrants, Jewish people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.

Our audience

Our aim is to appeal to a wide range of families with Jewish children, ranging from secular to traditionally observant. Honeycake Magazine is not affiliated with a particular Jewish movement. We welcome partnerships with individuals and organizations who share our values of diversity and inclusion, as well as our commitment to educational excellence.


What we’re looking for

Before submitting, you may find it helpful to view copies of other magazines geared toward pre-readers and early readers. Two of our favorites are Ladybug and High Five. You may be able to find samples online or full issues at your local library.

We are currently accepting the following types of submissions:

Fiction

We are interested in contemporary fiction, original retellings of Jewish folktales, and silly stories that feature human characters or anthropomorphic animals. We look for stories that are imaginative, clearly-written, and developmentally appropriate for two- to six-year-olds. Stories should explore Jewish identity in some way; see “What We Publish” above for examples.

Length: 400-800 words
Payment: $175 and up

Nonfiction

We are interested in nonfiction pieces exploring Jewish identity; see “What We Publish” above for examples. Nonfiction pieces may be written in simple nonfiction format, or they may incorporate story elements such as a child narrator.

Length: Up to 400 words
Payment: $175 and up

Poetry

We are looking for silly and serious poems that are rhyming or rhythmic. We are interested in poems that explore the everyday experiences and emotions of young children, specifically surrounding their Jewish identity. Action rhymes (poems with movement) are welcome.

Length: Up to 20 lines
Payment: $40 and up


Submissions

Please adhere to the following guidelines for submissions:

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc, .docx, .txt, or .pdf format to submissions@honeycakemagazine.com.

  • Please include your phone number and mailing address.

  • We welcome multiple works. Please submit each one in a separate email.

If we are interested in publishing your piece, we will reach out to discuss payment and printing rights. Please allow up to two months response time.


QUESTIONS?

Please email submissions@honeycakemagazine.com — we’d be happy to discuss any questions you might have.