Root & Star is dedicated to bringing quality art and literature to children and those who love them.  We publish 6 issues a year. Our greatest hope is that we inspire the poetry of childhood. The target audience for each magazine is children ages 3–8.

We are looking for writing that is kind, strange, powerful, exquisite, and sacred. (By sacred we do not mean religious, for we do not plan to reference any holiday or spiritual figure. We mean instead the sanctity of the everyday.) We do not shy away from diversity in all its forms (family, gender, race, etc.). 

  • Please send unpublished text if you have work already completed that you think would fit our magazine. If you have an idea for the magazine but do not have it created yet, you may also pitch that idea here. Either way, no more than 5 double-spaced pages. If we are interested, we may request to see more work.
  • Please see below for specific themes we are interested in examining, abstractly and specifically. 
  • If applicable, please also send along a link to your work, a short bio, information on why your work would fit here, and any specific ideas you have for your work in relation to the magazine.

Here are our upcoming themes. While the issues center on these themes, we do like to deviate now and then. If you have a piece of work you think we'd love, we want to see it, even if it doesn't fit the theme! Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw a piece if it is accepted elsewhere.

Issue 18 November/December: STONES (deadline June 1, 2018)

Issue 19 January/February 2019: FIRE (deadline September 30, 2018)

Issue 20 March/April 2019: FOREST (deadline November 30, 2018)

Issue 21 May/June 2019: RAINBOWS (deadline January 31, 2018)

Issue 22 July/August 2019: WATER (deadline March 31, 2019)

Issue 23 September/October 2019: HOME (deadline May 30, 2019)

Issue 24 November/December 2019: CIRCLES (deadline July 31, 2019)


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Root & Star is dedicated to bringing quality art and literature to children and those who love them.  We publish 6 issues a year. Our greatest hope is that we inspire the poetry of childhood. The target audience for each magazine is children ages 3–8. We are looking for writing that is kind, strange, powerful, exquisite, and sacred. (By sacred we do not mean religious, for we do not plan to reference any holiday or spiritual figure. We mean instead the sanctity of the everyday.) We do not shy away from diversity in all its forms (family, gender, race, etc.). 

Root & Star