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Title: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: SavannahHendricks on April 10, 2015, 05:48 PM
I received a rejection from Highlights for Children last week and they included a slip of paper that said they are now accepting submissions electronically. I somehow missed the paper. I'm unable to find anything on their website. Has anybody else heard of this news?
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: jeanne k on April 10, 2015, 06:02 PM
Very interesting. I haven't heard or seen anything about that yet.

Thanks for letting us know.
(and sorry about the rejection)
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JFriday on April 10, 2015, 06:13 PM
You're right. They're now using the Submittables website, at least for fiction.

Here's what I have:

Highlights magazine is transitioning to an online submission process, using Submittable.com. Next time you would like to share a fiction manuscript with us, please try submitting it here:   https://highlights.submittable.com/submit. You will be asked to create a password-protected account, then walked through the submission process.

 
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: SavannahHendricks on April 10, 2015, 06:20 PM
Thank you JFriday :goldstar :flowers2
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JFriday on April 10, 2015, 06:44 PM
You're welcome, and good luck on your next submission! :star2
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on April 10, 2015, 07:34 PM
Yay! I wonder if that also applies to High Five? I was about to mail the editor another story.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Kell on April 10, 2015, 09:39 PM
Oh, nice. I love Submittable ...
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on April 11, 2015, 05:15 AM
Awesome news! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on April 11, 2015, 07:44 AM
Oh, wow! I had no idea about this! I'm still waiting for a reply from them on something.

Good to know! Online subs are so much easier. Yay. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Lill on April 11, 2015, 02:45 PM
Cool!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DellaRF on April 11, 2015, 05:39 PM
Thanks for letting us know, Savannah and JFriday.   :thankyou

Della
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on April 12, 2015, 06:13 AM
Just wanted to mention, in case anyone else is waiting, that my friend got a bear card this week on a sub that went out in December. (I'm still waiting on a sub from January. No word yet.)

ETA: Both subs are poetry. And it doesn't look like they take poems via submittable yet. :( Darn.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Ev on April 12, 2015, 11:08 AM
Thank you, Savannah and JFriday, for this information.

It's always great when we can sub electronically.

Thank you, Diana, for the extra clarification on poetry. Hopefully, that'll change soon.

Hugs to you about the rejection, Savannah.  :hug
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: lrzajac on April 12, 2015, 05:33 PM
Thanks for posting.  Submittable is SO much easier and greener and cheaper.  I hope it works out for them and that they expand to include nonfiction.    :applause  :broccoli :palmtree :dollar 
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 13, 2015, 08:49 AM
I'm waiting on a reply to a poem too, subbed December 30.

I hope they're testing the Submittable idea with fiction and will eventually go to it for everything. It's easier and cheaper for the author and saves paper. Double benefit.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on April 13, 2015, 10:52 AM
I hope so, too, Debbie!

Good luck with your sub.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Vijaya on April 13, 2015, 11:01 AM
Thanks for the link and good luck to those who are waiting.
Vijaya

ETA: I'm still so old-fashioned. I will miss the personal notes and such. Even a hurried little scrawl on a postcard has so much more character than an electronic reply. :sigh   :writing3
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: lrzajac on April 13, 2015, 11:56 AM
 Has anyone received anything back from Highlights submittable?  I was discussing this with a friend of mine, if they'd continue writing helpful little notes.  Since the Highlights Foundation is so big on nurturing writers, I thought they might continue that practice.  I guess we shall have to wait and see.   :writing3
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on June 30, 2015, 01:58 PM
I just saw that someone posted in response times--a poetry sub via submittable?! And it was an acceptance (from High Five). I didn't know they permit poems via submittable.

Has anyone heard if this is their official policy now? That would sure be convenient!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Kell on June 30, 2015, 02:54 PM
 :duh

I was about to say I had missed this news, and then I saw that I commented three months ago.

Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on June 30, 2015, 05:50 PM
Sorry, Kell. I posted in an old thread. :) I was just wondering if something has changed. Maybe I'll ask one of the editors.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on June 30, 2015, 07:27 PM
Never mind! Looks like they've updated...

https://highlights.submittable.com/submit
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Kell on June 30, 2015, 07:30 PM
Good info, Diana! Thanks for posting -- I was just laughing at myself for forgetting something that seemed like big news to me earlier.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on June 30, 2015, 07:33 PM
Kell, I do that ALL the time! :D
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: murphy44 on July 01, 2015, 07:22 AM
 Thanks for posting, Diana. I haven't used submittable and am wondering if you can attach more than one poem when you submit or would you do each separately? Thanks!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on July 01, 2015, 08:54 AM
I'm not sure, but I THINK it might be best to post one at a time, since that might make it easier to reject/accept each one. People were discussing this issue in a Cricket magazines thread, too, and I believe that's what everyone decided.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Ev on July 01, 2015, 10:44 AM
Under the High Five and Hello guidelines it specifically says to submit only one poem or story at a time.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on July 01, 2015, 10:49 AM
Well, there you have it! Thank you, Ev! :flowers2
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: murphy44 on July 01, 2015, 10:58 AM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on August 07, 2015, 10:13 AM
Did your submission stay at Received until you got a response or did it move to In Progress at some point? My first time using Highlights submittable - love it!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on August 07, 2015, 02:59 PM
Hi starfish! Just today, my submissions to Highlights turned from "received" to "in progress". Wanted to let you know! I was wondering the same thing myself. Good luck!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on August 10, 2015, 01:39 PM
Thanks, Diana! Lots of good luck with your sub!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Gretad08 on September 02, 2015, 03:05 PM
Hi all. I'm new here, so I hope it's okay to already be asking questions. I subbed to Highlights eight weeks ago through submittable. I would like to sub elsewhere if they're going to reject it, but I don't want to rush them. Is it too early to nudge? I was really hoping that using the new online system would speed things up a bit, but if it's taking awhile because they're going to buy my story, I'll be happy with that 😄
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on September 02, 2015, 04:40 PM
I subbed via submittable on 7/5 and I'm still waiting, too.

Two months is WAY too early to nudge, imho. I'd wait 4-6 months. And honestly, with the new system, I'm not even sure if status querying is necessary. Probably not.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on September 02, 2015, 04:41 PM
Oh, and of course feel free to ask as many questions as you like! :welcome
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Gretad08 on September 02, 2015, 08:25 PM
Thanks DianaM!  It's interesting to see the spectrum of opinions regarding the nudge question. I asked a small writing group I belong to on Facebook. Responses ranged from "Wait it out and be patient." To "The days of exclusives are over. Start subbing elsewhere, and send out numerous subs at a time. Wait two months and then start sending out more. "

I'm 99.9% sure I'll wait eight more weeks, but then I'll start subbing elsewhere.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on September 03, 2015, 04:17 AM
Another thought: since you're already "ahead" two months with Highlights, go ahead and sub to other places now. You likely wouldn't hear back from a new publisher for a couple months, and by that time, maybe Highlights will have responded. If it's a yes, great. Just pull your sub from the other publishers. If it's a no, you're two months into a new waiting period.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on September 03, 2015, 05:04 AM
It's true that the days of exclusives are over. But I think that applies more to agents and book publishers. When it comes to magazine work, I never do multiple subs. What I like to do is write something different and sub that elsewhere. Then I always have a few irons in the fire. And more writing is always the best cure for a case of waiteritis. :) But there are lots of different approaches and opinions vary. So just do whatever makes the most sense to you.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on September 03, 2015, 06:39 AM
Whatever your path, writing something new is always a good idea!  :hi5
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: mbulls on September 03, 2015, 06:51 AM
Not sure if this helps but I have gotten my rejects fairly quickly from Highlights Submittable. So I'm hoping your story has gone up the chain ;) On the other hand, I subbed a piece via mail in January and got notice last week that they accepted it! In short, acceptance may take time but it's worth the wait :)
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Gretad08 on September 03, 2015, 12:47 PM
Thanks to all who replied. MBulls, congrats on the acceptance!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on October 09, 2015, 07:02 AM
With Submittable, has Highlights done away with the bear card? Or do they send electronic bear cards now? Just curious.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: marci-whitehurst-2 on October 09, 2015, 08:29 AM
I had not heard the news yet either and submitted fairly recently by mail. Any opinions on whether to wait it out or submit again electronically?
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on October 09, 2015, 09:19 AM
Great question, Starfish.

Marci, resubmit it through Submittable.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on October 09, 2015, 01:57 PM
I agree with Jody that you should re-sub, Marci.

I don't know if they still do bear cards. I've had some poems under consideration there since July. Never received a card. I guess it's probably not necessary now since Submittable tells you when a sub is "in-progress".
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sully on October 11, 2015, 05:05 AM
Thanks for posting this. I had just finished a new story I wanted to submit to Highlights High Five and it was so easy to do online, especially since my printer is broken!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on October 11, 2015, 07:27 AM
Good luck to all!

Diana, did you sub via Submittable for the July poems you're waiting on? I've heard Submittable is a lot faster than snail mail, so hope you hear good news soon!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on October 11, 2015, 09:02 AM
Hi, starfish! Yes, subbed via submittable back on 7/5. Crossing fingers. :)
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: wolfie712 on October 11, 2015, 12:49 PM
It's interesting to read all the different replies in this thread.  I, too, have been wondering about a submission I sent electronically on June 22.  It switched to "In Progress" in mid-July, and it's been there ever since.  I hope that means they're considering it!  :crossedfingers
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on October 11, 2015, 01:28 PM
Don't mean to be a  :!, but I'm not sure "in progress" means anything other than "we're now looking at your stuff," like we've taken your letter off the end table and have opened the envelope. I personally don't equate it with "being considered," but I certainly could be, and hope I am, wrong! [I've had stuff go from "in progress" to "unfortunately" before.] But my fingers are perpetually crossed, nevertheless!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on October 11, 2015, 06:11 PM
Well, it's better than "Received" in any case. It's a step forward. Not quite like a bear card but at least they ask if you've been published with them before.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on October 11, 2015, 06:12 PM
I don't think one of my stories ever went to In Progress. It went from Received to Declined. I checked the status all the time, so if it went to In Progress it was for a blip of a second.

I wonder if the manuscripts go through first readers now. About a year ago, I had read in some online interviews that if the snail mailed manuscript was addressed to the editor, it went directly to the editor, not a first reader.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on October 11, 2015, 06:16 PM
That's interesting Starfish.  I had a very quick rejection from one of the Cricket mags, but it did move to "in-progress" first. Did you check it every day? Anyway, I suppose it varies.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on October 11, 2015, 06:20 PM
I checked it right before I received the rejection. (I am a frequent refresher! :) ) Now I have two sitting at In Progress; they moved from Received a couple of days after submission.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on October 11, 2015, 07:11 PM
Good luck, Starfish!  :crossedfingers

I do think "in-progress" sounds better than "received". I still have one thing lingering in "received" myself. Not quite as active.  :moose
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on October 12, 2015, 04:30 AM
Interesting, Starfish. And good luck, everyone!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on October 30, 2015, 06:54 AM
Did Highlights update their word count limits or did I just never notice this before?

On Submittable:
Fiction for younger readers: max 475 words
Fiction for older readers: max 750 words
Rebus: max 100 words
Nonfiction for younger readers: max 400 words
Nonfiction for older readers: max 750 words

And I just subbed a 790-word fiction story a month ago. :(
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: lrzajac on October 30, 2015, 08:04 AM
 :autumn
They sure did, Starfish.  THANK YOU for pointing that out.  I've been writing 800-word articles for them for years.  My guess is that they want to include bigger pictures or more pictures. I don't think the magazine pages have shrunk in size, like tuna fish, toilet paper and ricotta (now 15 ounces). 
:skeleton  :jackolantern  :blackcat  :bat  :ghost4
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on October 30, 2015, 11:01 AM
Good to know, Starfish. Thanks for sharing!

But I wouldn't worry. That's pretty close and I'm guessing if they like your story, they can always ask you to cut it down a bit. Since they just changed the requirements, I doubt they would hold it against you.  Good luck!

I'm still waiting on those poems I sent back at the beginning of July.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Ev on October 30, 2015, 02:15 PM
Thanks, Starfish. That's helpful.  :thankyou
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: wolfie712 on November 02, 2015, 06:57 PM
So I received a reply today for the poem that I submitted electronically in June.  It came in the form of a lovely email asking me to go back into Submittable and "Click to confirm acceptance." 

Four months, eleven days from submission to acceptance.  :yippee
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on November 03, 2015, 04:28 AM
Congratulations, Wolfie712!!!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on November 03, 2015, 05:20 AM
Congratulations, Laura!!  :yay
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: CarrieF on November 03, 2015, 08:14 AM
Yay, Laura! Congratulations!!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: marci-whitehurst-2 on November 03, 2015, 12:10 PM
 :hurrah That's wonderful! Good job and congrats!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JennWrites on November 04, 2015, 10:27 AM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: wolfie712 on November 05, 2015, 07:39 PM
Thanks so much!  :thankyou

And good luck to everyone who's waiting to hear back!  :goodluck
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sully on November 06, 2015, 04:19 AM
Congratulations! :flowers2
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: KatyD on November 06, 2015, 03:51 PM
That's great news, Laura!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Ev on November 07, 2015, 08:18 PM
Wonderful, Laura! I'm so happy for you.  :love5
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on November 12, 2015, 01:37 PM
My story took about 6 weeks to come back through Submittable. Much faster response time than snail mail.

My story was rejected but with a lovely comment about my writing and an invitation to revise and resubmit. So yay! I'm going to get to work. But I'm wondering how long can I take for an R&R? Can I take up to a month or is that too long where the story may be forgotten?

Also I have a question about a revision suggested by the editor. Would it be appropriate to reply back and seek clarification? And do I now need to follow the new word limits and cut my story from 792 words to 750 before I resubmit?

So many questions. Any advice is appreciated.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on November 12, 2015, 02:21 PM
Congrats on the R&R, Starfish! That's very speedy. I'm still waiting on poems I sent in early July. But I heard they have a new editor for poetry now so maybe that's slowing things down a bit.

I think around a month is fine for a revision. Better if you didn't have to ask for clarification, but if you can't figure it out, it's probably OK to ask. If you can cut down the word count, I think that would be optimal. I doubt it's a deal breaker if you're a bit over, though.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: wolfie712 on November 12, 2015, 05:23 PM
Thanks, everyone! :)
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Linda Rae on November 16, 2015, 06:55 AM
Does anyone know where to find samples of HIGH FIVE and HELLO? The library near me doesn't have any.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on November 16, 2015, 07:59 AM
You can take a look at a few sample pages here: https://www.highlights.com/store/highlights-magazines-for-kids?gclid=CNCep86mlckCFdgGgQodSGkG4g

Also, if you Google "Highlights High Five poem", for example, and then click on "images", you'll see some examples.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Linda Rae on November 16, 2015, 06:54 PM
Thank you, Diana! I used the link and it was very helpful.
Linda Rae
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on November 23, 2015, 03:08 PM
My story took about 6 weeks to come back through Submittable. Much faster response time than snail mail.

My story was rejected but with a lovely comment about my writing and an invitation to revise and resubmit. So yay! I'm going to get to work. But I'm wondering how long can I take for an R&R? Can I take up to a month or is that too long where the story may be forgotten?

Also I have a question about a revision suggested by the editor. Would it be appropriate to reply back and seek clarification? And do I now need to follow the new word limits and cut my story from 792 words to 750 before I resubmit?

So many questions. Any advice is appreciated.

Take the time you need. You don't want to rush and send a subpar revision.

Perhaps someone on the boards will be able to clarify for you. It might be better to post here than to ask. Hard to say without knowing the details. If length wasn't mentioned, I'd try to cut but not worry too much about it. It would depend on the comments given.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JFriday on November 23, 2015, 03:16 PM
I had a rebus accepted last year when the posted word count on the website was still 120. Before they bought it, they said their word count for a rebus had to be no higher than 100. With that in mind, you might want to get the word count down to what they officially say. One less reason to say no.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on December 02, 2015, 02:34 PM
Thanks for the advice, Diana, Debbie and JFriday! I've figured out how to revise. I just hope I can cut the length down enough - not my forte!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: amy-smith1 on December 10, 2015, 09:32 AM
Has anyone done a revision yet for Highlights via Submittable? What was the response time like?
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on December 10, 2015, 01:06 PM
I think it depends how you hear from them.

I got an email from and editor, so I sent her the revision via email. I heard back the next day, I think. That was a minor revision, though. Another time it took about a month.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: amy-smith1 on December 10, 2015, 02:41 PM
Thanks, Diana. It's helpful just to get an idea, though I understand every situation is different. In my case, a poem was declined, but with an encouraging note from the Highlights Hello editors to tweak the last two lines and re-sub via Submittable. Feels promising, but also a little nerve-wracking  :gaah.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on December 10, 2015, 03:47 PM
Amy,

I resubbed a requested rewrite via Submittable and am waiting to hear. They said they've had a busy fall, and they'll get back to me in a couple weeks. Good luck!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DonnaE on December 10, 2015, 04:20 PM
I love this new system. It's a lot quicker than the other way and I can sub to the different mags with no problem. I just got an acceptance from High Five, actually. So I'm really excited!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: amy-smith1 on December 10, 2015, 04:34 PM
Thanks, Jody. Just curious -- how soon did you resub? Good luck to you as well!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on December 10, 2015, 05:12 PM
The suggestions they made were minor, so I resubbed the next day.

On another point, I wonder if they still share submissions among all editors, even if a manuscript is targeted for, say, High Five. I'm wondering because, if they don't still share among different mags, and a submission is rejected by one of them, could you resub to a different mag, assuming the piece was on the line between age groups served by the two magazines. Anyone know?
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: amy-smith1 on December 11, 2015, 03:23 PM
Good question. I have no idea. In my case, it was pretty specific to Hello (Sing Me a Song), and probably not age appropriate for much older than two. But still would be nice to know for other situations. I'll certainly post if I hear anything regarding that. Thanks again, Jody!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sully on December 28, 2015, 07:33 AM
Last week I sold a piece through Submittable to Highlights High Five magazine. Yeehaw!!!
 :goodluck Goodluck, everyone!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: KatyD on December 28, 2015, 07:34 AM
Congrats, Sully!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sully on December 28, 2015, 08:11 AM
Thank you, katyD!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Cathie on December 28, 2015, 11:25 AM
Congratulations! :stars3
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: asingrey on December 28, 2015, 12:29 PM
Congratulations, Sully! How long did it take to get a reply from Highlights?
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sue G. on December 28, 2015, 12:39 PM
 :yay Sully!

Congrats on your HL High Five sale!
Sue
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on December 28, 2015, 12:43 PM
Congrats, Sully! Still working on my HL revision and waiting on my early Oct High Five sub.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Ev on December 28, 2015, 08:39 PM
YAY, Sully!! That's wonderful! Congratulations. :drumroll

Starfish, I have my fingers crossed for you on your revisions and on your Oct sub. :goodluck
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sully on December 29, 2015, 04:40 AM
Thanks so much, everyone!  :thankyou
It was just what I needed.
Asingrey, It took nine weeks from submission to acceptance.
Good luck, Starfish and I hope that you all hear good news for the new year.  :star2
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Linda Rae on December 29, 2015, 12:06 PM
 :umm    I submitted a story to HIGHLIGHTS Oct. 8 by snail mail. In contributors' guidelines on the HIGHLIGHTS website it still has only the snail mail address. Maybe they're being selective about which writers they ask to use Submittable. So if I get a rejection with directions to use Submittable, that should be encouraging?
          Linda Rae :-\
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on December 29, 2015, 01:19 PM
I don't think so, Linda Rae. It's for everyone. Use this link and resubmit your story. That's what I'd do. Good luck!

https://highlights.submittable.com/submit
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on December 31, 2015, 11:25 AM
Just heard back on a fiction sub to High Five, just shy of 3 months. They declined this version but would like to see the ending revised. Yay! I'm excited about the opportunity to revise both for H5 and HL! R&Rs are so nerve-wracking though!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sara on December 31, 2015, 01:04 PM
Yay, Starfish! I know what you mean about R&Rs being nerve-wracking. You can do it, though! :)
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sue G. on December 31, 2015, 01:41 PM
 :goodluck on your R&Rs, Starfish! 

Sue
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: KatyD on December 31, 2015, 05:24 PM
You can do it, Starfish!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sully on January 04, 2016, 09:00 AM
Go to it, Starfish!  :writing3 :goldstar :star2
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: stephanie-lucianovic on January 05, 2016, 11:54 AM
Thank you guys so much for this link! I submitted a bunch of poems to the Cricket open call and have had a lot rejected so now I can try them out in the appropriate Highlights magazine.

Good luck with your revisions, Starfish -- it's a great vote of confidence to get!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on January 12, 2016, 07:43 AM
Thank you all for your good luck wishes! I finally have a good revision for High Five. Does anyone know how to send a revision through Submittable? Or would it be a new submission with a comment that it's a revision? (The editor told me to copy my original story at the end of the revision.)
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on January 12, 2016, 08:53 AM
I would create a new sub and add "REQUESTED REVISION" to the title.

Unless she emailed you and you feel like you could just send it back to her in a direct email.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on January 13, 2016, 08:02 AM
I would create a new sub and add "REQUESTED REVISION" to the title.

Thank you, Diana! That's just what I did!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on January 13, 2016, 10:44 AM
 :goodluck
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on February 19, 2016, 08:20 AM
I just checked Submittable and saw that High Five accepted my revision! Yay! But the acceptance letter states to click a link to confirm acceptance. The link isn't there - or at least I don't see it. Has anyone else had this problem? Not sure what to do. Any advice?

I also haven't gotten the acceptance email from Submittable yet. (H5 just accepted my story a couple of hours ago) Not sure if there is any correlation.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sara on February 19, 2016, 08:24 AM
Yay, Starfish! Congratulations!

I guess I'd wait a bit and see if anything changes on Submittable. If it still doesn't work, then you could email someone at H5 on Monday.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on February 19, 2016, 08:46 AM
Thanks, Sara! The link is in the email, which I just received. :) My first High Five fiction acceptance and only my second fiction acceptance with the Highlights group!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DianaM on February 19, 2016, 03:37 PM
Congratulations, Starfish! Woohoo!!!  :yay
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Ev on February 19, 2016, 04:51 PM
Awesome, Starfish!! Wonderful news!  :stars3
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JFriday on February 20, 2016, 08:05 AM
Congratulations, Starfish!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on February 23, 2016, 07:16 AM
Thanks, Diana, Ev, and JFriday! I didn't know you had to have the acceptance email to accept the contract. I always thought you could just go directly into Submittable and accept. But the link from the email changes the format of the acceptance. That was interesting to learn.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: jeanne k on February 23, 2016, 07:24 AM
Has anyone heard back from a regular mail submission recently?

I sent a couple poems a few weeks back before I realized they are now accepting verse electronically (I don't think that was the case last year). I'm wondering if I should re-submit through Submittable.

I don't want to muddle my submissions.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Ev on February 23, 2016, 11:46 AM
Jeanne, I've been wondering if I should use Submittable to follow up on a poem revision request.

  6/27/14  Submitted poem
  7/31/14  Bear card
10/27/14  Revision request
  12/9/14  Sent revised poem
  5/26/15  Received a second revision request
    6/1/15  Sent second revision

I've heard nothing since last June. Anybody got any suggestions about what I should do?
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: JodyJS on February 23, 2016, 11:58 AM
Wow, Ev. I'd send them an email.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sara on February 23, 2016, 12:31 PM
I would too, Ev. Do you know who handles poetry? JB gave me a rundown of who's doing what on a recent email, so if you don't have a name let me know. (I had contacted her about one of my articles that I hadn't heard on.) Two of their editors left in the last few months, so maybe things are getting shuffled around a bit.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: jeanne k on February 23, 2016, 01:52 PM
I sent these same two poems to them about nine months ago and never heard back with is really unusual for Highlights. So, this was a resubmit with the assumption that the first submission had gotten lost somewhere along the way.

For me, I will probably give it another couple of weeks and see if I hear back and then submit online.

For you, Ev, I'd probably go ahead and send an e-mail.

Joƫlle Dujardin, is the editor I've corresponded with regarding a couple of my poetry submissions. That was a couple of years ago, so I'm not sure if she's still a good contact.



Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Cali on February 23, 2016, 02:48 PM
 :star2 Jumping in to say congratulations, Starfish! :star2
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Linda Rae on February 25, 2016, 12:32 PM
I submitted a story to HIGHLIGHTS by snail mail and received the rejection by snail mail. I will use Submittable from now on, but I think it's interesting that their submission guidelines still give just a regular address and say nothing about email.
Linda Rae
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Starfish on February 29, 2016, 06:51 AM
:star2 Jumping in to say congratulations, Starfish! :star2
Thank you, Cali! :)
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: laurimeyers on March 17, 2016, 07:25 AM
Awesome! THe website still doesn't say anything about submittable, so thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: carrots on April 07, 2016, 10:49 AM
Not knowing about their switch to Submittable when I headed to their site today, I found this atop their "Current Needs" page:

Current Needs
Authors may send their work directly to the editors whose current needs are listed below. Manuscripts should be sent to (Editor's Name), Highlights, 803 Church Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Hmm. Do you think this means pieces intended to meet a particular need should be sent directly to that editor and general submissions go through Submittable?


Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: lrzajac on April 07, 2016, 12:22 PM
I believe you are looking at dated guidelines - https://www2.highlights.com/current-needs
The word count listed for science articles is 800 words. Submittable, guidelines request 750 words for science. Since Submittable is relatively new, I'm thinking those guidelines are the most current. I'd submit via the website.  :tornado
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Sara on April 07, 2016, 12:25 PM
carrots,

I'd still send manuscripts through Submittable. I don't think that current needs list is very current. :) Debra Hess left Highlights last fall.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: lrzajac on April 07, 2016, 12:37 PM
Sara, thanks for posting. I had no idea Debra left. So much for making connections. Sigh.
:awww :ohbehave
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: carrots on April 07, 2016, 02:43 PM
Aha! Will do. Thanks so much, Linda and Sara!!!

 :thankyou
Title: Highlights email rejections?
Post by: michal-babay on April 26, 2016, 11:59 AM
Has anyone received a rejection via email?  I submitted with the online submittables option, and received a rejection after almost 8 weeks.  I'm trying to figure out if they send out the same rejection letter to everyone or are their rejection letters different if they actually considered your story?

Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: DonnaE on July 23, 2016, 09:54 PM
I have received a rejection via email, too.
Title: Re: Highlights new submission ways
Post by: Linda Rae on July 24, 2016, 06:23 PM
I have occasionally received a handwritten comment or a form where they check off boxes giving a reason(s) for their rejection. (That may be because I have submitted so many rejectable stories that they feel we're acquainted.:) )
But, michal-babay, rest assured that the Highlights people do read and consider every submission.