Submission Guidelines

Good Natured Roots is committed to a diverse literary culture, and we wish to amplify the work of writers from underrepresented groups (BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, and other marginalized folk). Our literary magazine welcomes submissions from writers of every experience level.

We love stories that are funny, informative, thoughtful, and heartfelt, in any combination for both fiction and nonfiction stories. Our particular interests are outdoor recreation, community science, appreciation, and awareness of the natural world.

The age range of our audience is 6-12 years old. Writers should submit a children’s story that’s kid-friendly, violence-free, fun, clever, and no more than 800 words. If your story’s theme is seasonal, remember to submit your story three months before the occasion. 

Flash fiction - up to 800 words

Poetry - up to 10 lines

Non-fiction - up to 800 words.

 

What to Send

  • In your email please share what type of story that you are including. Also provide your name, address, and contact information both on your manuscript and email.

  • Don’t forget a short bio, we want to get to know the person behind the work! 

  • Submit your manuscript as an attachment (PDF). Do not paste your story into the body of an email.

  • Submit only one manuscript at a time.

  • Manuscripts should be double spaced.

  • Illustrations are not necessary.

 

 

We also have special issues throughout the year that focus on a particular theme.

  • January: Green Resolutions

  • February: Black History, wetlands, 

  • March: spring equinox, women’s month, forestry, Meteorological

  • April: Earth Day, trees, Deaf History Month

  • May: Asian and Pacific-Island Heritage, Migratory birds, biological diversity, biking, Jewish American Heritage

  • June: summer solstice, park trails, oceans, wind 

  • July: Reptiles, conservation

  • August: Reptiles

  • September: fall equinox, Hispanic heritage, wildlife, rivers

  • October: sustainability, habits, November: National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage,

  • December- winter solstice, mountains, Persons with Disabilities

 

Currently, we would love to see pitches on the following subjects:

  • Environmental History

  • Environment + Culture

  • Being a local park champion 

  • Outdoor hobbies

  • Wilderness tips

  • Environmental professions

  • Recipes from the garden

  • Nature art/ journal prompts

  • Community science

  • Mindfulness in nature

  • Environmental Stewardship

  • Current events related to wildlife and the environment that children can better understand and relate to through the art of storytelling.

Queries should be submitted using the form below.

We kindly ask that you do not submit the same piece to multiple literary magazines. 

 

We look forward to reading your beautiful work.

All submissions sent to us will be considered for our print and/or digital editions.

Writers Guidelines

 

Illustrators Guidelines

 

Good Natured Roots is committed to a diverse literary culture, and we wish to amplify the work of writers from underrepresented groups (BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, and another marginalized folk). 

 

We're looking for artists and illustrators we can call when we are in need of an illustration to accompany a story, craft, DIY, or activity in our magazine. We love colorful stylized children's story illustrations that tell a story, appeal to children's imaginations, and accurately highlight the beauty of the diverse characters in our stories.  

 

Want to be added to the list of our illustrator BFFs? Submit a sample of your work, and if we have a story that needs an artist's magic touch, we'll know who to call!

What to Send

JPG, GIF, PNG, or PDF formats only.
 

Submit

If after familiarizing yourself with Good Natured Roots aesthetic and you think you would be a good fit, we invite you to submit content for consideration!

Queries should be submitted using the form below.

We kindly ask that you do not submit the same piece to multiple literary magazines. 

 

We look forward to reading your beautiful work.

All submissions sent to us will be considered for our print and/or digital editions.