Call for Submissions: American Girl Magazine

Posted on November 24, 2009


American Girl is a bimonthly, four-color magazine for girls ages 8 and up.  American Girl readers are girls in the formative years, girls who dream big dreams.  We hope to encourage that dreaming and to reinforce each reader’s self-confidence, curiosity, and self-esteem as she
prepares to navigate adolescence in the years ahead.  Our lead time is approximately six to nine months.

We’re looking for contemporary fiction up to 2,300 words. The protagonist should be a girl between 8 and 12 who captures the hopes,  thoughts, and emotions unique to that precarious age between childhood and teenager.  We look for top quality writing and thoughtfully
developed characters and plots.  Stories should engage readers quickly and have a satisfying conclusion.  We are always looking for humor and seasonal stories. We don’t publish science fiction, romance, or horror stories.

We’re looking for individual girls or groups who are doing something other girls would love to read and learn about.  Find a topic about which girls are passionate.  Past pieces have featured synchronized swimmers, rhythmic gymnasts, ballerinas, and girl bands.  Some of our most successful pieces are sports-related, but that doesn’t mean we won’t consider other contemporary topics or profiles.  Look for new twists on familiar topics.  Please send queries rather than finished manuscripts.

Girls Express
This section offers the most opportunities for freelance writers.  We’re looking for short profiles of girls who are into sports, the arts, interesting hobbies, cultural activities, and other areas. We are also looking for true stories about girls who have had unusual experiences.  The girl must be the “star” and the story must be from her point of view. Be sure to include the age of the girls you’re pitching to us.  Let us know if you have any photo leads.  We also welcome how-to
stories: how to send away for free things, hot ideas for a cold day, or how to write the President and get a response.  Stories should be no more than 150 words. In addition, we’re looking for easy crafts and recipes that can be explained in a few simple steps, ideas for contests, and current products and trends for girls to review.

Craft and Cooking
We welcome original craft and cooking ideas that are new and exciting to our readers. Projects should require limited parental involvement and supplies should be inexpensive and readily available.  Keep in mind the skill level of our readers.  Safety is a priority. Query with a short
explanation of the project and an example, photograph, or sketch.

Brain Waves
We’re looking for visual puzzles, mazes, math puzzles, word games, simple crosswords, cartoons, and other ideas. Seasonal ideas are especially welcome.

Sample Issues
American Girl costs $4.95 per issue at the newsstand and is available in many children’s bookstores. To get a sample copy, send a check for $5.95 made out to American Girl. Please include your mailing address.

Payment: $500 minimum for stories; $300 minimum for articles

Rights:  FNASR (first North American serial rights)

How to Submit
All queries and requests for sample magazines should be addressed to:
Magazine Department Assistant
American Girl
8400 Fairway Place
Middleton, WI  53562-2554

Please Note
American Girl cannot reply or return a manuscript unless you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please allow 12 weeks for a reply.

For more information go to Writers Guidelines.

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