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Title: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Sara on July 06, 2013, 03:45 PM
Hello! I recently returned from a Highlights Foundation workshop. As we toured the HL magazine headquarters, the editors gave us tips for submitting. Here they are, in case any of you would be interested:

Fiction editor:
-needs holiday stories, mysteries, and historical fiction
-She looks for a character who feels believable, someone she’d want to spend time with.

Science and Nature editor:
-Magazine wants readers to get connected with nature; is less jazzed about saving endangered species. When they do go there (talking about endangered species), they try to look for a ray of hope.
-Want kids to understand that science is an ongoing process, not a collection of facts
-Big appetite for big furry animals, plus sharks, alligators, sea turtles
-Need articles about kids involved in science. Examples: 2/13 issue (kid’s science experiment), 12/11 issue (“Living Near Pronghorn”)
-Don’t send science experiments—they have a ton
-Huge appetite for Spotlight articles on the science page. They can’t always spotlight animals for these, so another idea would be welcome. Send the info on the photo (where it can be found) along with the text in your submission.

Nonfiction:
-Fiction editor gets 800 subs a month, NF editor gets 200.
-Mentioned both What a Pro Knows and Gallant Kids articles as needs

Crafts:
-Needs games, boy-related crafts, crafts that get kids moving
-Crafts about less-celebrated holidays, esp. 4th of July and Jewish/Muslim/cultural holidays
-Should use cheap, easy-to-find materials
-Crafts with a purpose (not just decorative)
-Prefers samples with submissions, but is okay with a really good picture of the craft
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Sue G. on July 06, 2013, 03:55 PM
Thanks so much for posting, Sara! Great info!  It must have been wonderful to participate in the HL workshop and tour the magazine headquarters.  I'd love to do a HL workshop sometime.   

Sue
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: AmandaSue on July 06, 2013, 03:56 PM
Thanks Sara! I've been thinking of  trying another NF article. Now I know what to look for as I gather ideas!
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Ev on July 06, 2013, 07:18 PM
Thanks so much for this, Sara. I used to get a periodic email from them sharing their wish list, but I haven't in a good while, so I'm especially glad to see this from you.
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Sheri D. on July 06, 2013, 07:23 PM
Thanks, Sara! Great info!
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Sara on July 06, 2013, 07:47 PM
You're welcome, ladies!


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It must have been wonderful to participate in the HL workshop and tour the magazine headquarters.  I'd love to do a HL workshop sometime.   


Sue G.: Yes, it was wonderful. I went to Chautauqua in 2009, but this was my first HL Foundation workshop. It was worth EVERY penny. I came home chock full of information!
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: poet on July 07, 2013, 06:15 AM
Thanks for the update!   I'm already brainstorming new ideas to sub.
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: JFriday on July 07, 2013, 06:55 AM
Thanks, Sara! Just got my story returned from the fiction contest. Maybe I'll try something else.
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: AmandaSue on July 07, 2013, 09:24 AM
Sara (or anyone) is there a way to look through some sort of index for the last 5-10 years of HL to see what subjects have already been done? I have an idea for an article, but I don't want to waste anyone's time if it has already been done.
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Sara on July 07, 2013, 10:35 AM
I don't think HL has an index on their site anymore, AmandaSue. I go to the online databases, either ProQuest or InfoTrac Student, available on my library's website--from there I look up Highlights, and then within that, I enter my article subject. That should bring up all the articles and stories done on that subject in recent years.
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Starfish on July 07, 2013, 11:11 AM
Thank you for all of the information, Sara! Do they need holiday stories for middle-grade as well or just beginning readers?
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Bobi Martin on July 07, 2013, 01:04 PM
The Founders Workshops are great; I went to one a couple of years ago before the new "barn" was finished. Hope to get to another one soonish.  Starfish, if you have a holiday story for mg readers go ahead and send it. Remember it has to be UNDER 800 words though.

Good to know we're getting responses from the contest--I'm out of state though and about to go out of the country, so won't know my fate for three more weeks.
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Vijaya on July 07, 2013, 08:15 PM
Sara thanks for posting this here. I posted mine under blog news and that was dumb ... but here's the link: http://www.vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2013/06/highlights-and-boyds-mills-press.html 

Vijaya
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: purpleyams4ever on July 07, 2013, 08:37 PM
Thanks for posting this, Sara! It pays to be a mole, I mean workshop attendee  :)

What exactly are "Spotlight" articles?  (I kinda get the gist, but I want to make sure...)
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Audrey on July 08, 2013, 08:36 AM
Thanks Sara! It was a wonderful workshop, and I was amazed by all of the information Jan and Paula shared with us. Unfortunately, I was unable to take the tour. It's kind and thoughtful of you to share this information. My head is still spinning with everything we learned!  :thankyou
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: darshana on July 08, 2013, 10:08 AM
Thanks for sharing what you learned with us.
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Sara on July 08, 2013, 10:50 AM
Starfish: I think she just said holiday stories in general--so, for both age groups, I guess.

Vijaya: You have a lot of details that I didn't have. (You're a better listener/note taker, maybe? :)) Why don't you post them here so they'll all be on one thread?

Purpleyams4ever: (like your name, BTW!) If you look on the science pages (the two-page spread that always has a dinosaur, among other things), there's a feature called Spotlight. Most of it's an image--in the July issue, it was a sneaker--and then there is text that relates to the photo. From what he said, the text is what you submit along with a link to where they can find the photo. All the info he gave I included in the post, so I can't tell you more than that.

Audrey: We missed you on the tour! Where did you go? :)
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: iyerani on July 08, 2013, 12:34 PM
Thank you for sharing, Sara, Vijaya!
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Starfish on July 08, 2013, 01:25 PM
Thanks, Sara, Vijaya and Bobi!
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: Liz on July 08, 2013, 01:58 PM
Thank you all fro the great information! 
Title: Re: Highlights Current Needs
Post by: BillyBurgess on July 08, 2013, 02:06 PM
Thank you for posting this, maybe I can come up with a story idea to send to them.