The first issue of Honeycake will be released in December 2019. Please read “Guide to Submissions” below for details about what we are looking for.
For the first 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.
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 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 are committed to publishing great Jewish children’s literature. Qualities we look for include rich storytelling, playfulness, and a sense of wonder. Submissions should convey a child-centered perspective on the world. Humorous and whimsical pieces are welcome.
We publish pieces that reflect Judaism as a part of characters’ lived experience. Instead of feeling forced or gimmicky, the Jewish aspects of the piece should arise organically as part of the story or poem. Pieces may 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 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. Ladybug is our favorite. You may be able to find samples online or full issues at your local library.
We are currently accepting the following types of submissions:
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
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
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
Please adhere to the following guidelines for submissions:
Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc, .docx, .txt, or .pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please email email@example.com — we’d be happy to discuss any questions you might have.