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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
#61 - November 02, 2015, 06:57 PM
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Congratulations, Wolfie712!!!
#62 - November 03, 2015, 04:28 AM
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Congratulations, Laura!!  :yay
#63 - November 03, 2015, 05:20 AM
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Yay, Laura! Congratulations!!
#64 - November 03, 2015, 08:14 AM
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 :hurrah That's wonderful! Good job and congrats!
#65 - November 03, 2015, 12:10 PM

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Congratulations!
#66 - November 04, 2015, 10:27 AM

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Thanks so much!  :thankyou

And good luck to everyone who's waiting to hear back!  :goodluck
#67 - November 05, 2015, 07:39 PM
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Congratulations! :flowers2
#68 - November 06, 2015, 04:19 AM

That's great news, Laura!
#69 - November 06, 2015, 03:51 PM
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Wonderful, Laura! I'm so happy for you.  :love5
#70 - November 07, 2015, 08:18 PM

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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.
#71 - November 12, 2015, 01:37 PM
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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!
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Thanks, everyone! :)
#73 - November 12, 2015, 05:23 PM
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Does anyone know where to find samples of HIGH FIVE and HELLO? The library near me doesn't have any.
#74 - November 16, 2015, 06:55 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.
#75 - November 16, 2015, 07:59 AM
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Thank you, Diana! I used the link and it was very helpful.
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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.
#77 - November 23, 2015, 03:08 PM
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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.
#78 - November 23, 2015, 03:16 PM

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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!
#79 - December 02, 2015, 02:34 PM
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Has anyone done a revision yet for Highlights via Submittable? What was the response time like?
#80 - December 10, 2015, 09:32 AM

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!
#81 - December 10, 2015, 01:06 PM
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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.
#82 - December 10, 2015, 02:41 PM

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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!
#83 - December 10, 2015, 03:47 PM
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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!
#84 - December 10, 2015, 04:20 PM
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Thanks, Jody. Just curious -- how soon did you resub? Good luck to you as well!
#85 - December 10, 2015, 04:34 PM

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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?
#86 - December 10, 2015, 05:12 PM
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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!
#87 - December 11, 2015, 03:23 PM

Last week I sold a piece through Submittable to Highlights High Five magazine. Yeehaw!!!
 :goodluck Goodluck, everyone!
#88 - December 28, 2015, 07:33 AM

Congrats, Sully!
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Thank you, katyD!
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