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Parakeet Magazine

Animal stories, poetry and art for young creators

We are so excited to announce the debut of our young adult and children's magazine, Parakeet, due to launch in January 2022. 

See this magazine's website here

As caregivers and teachers, we know the extraordinary need for young voices to be heard. Many of us at Honeyguide have worked with children for years and have seen their unique view of the world. We wanted a magazine that welcomed their views and nourished them with quality stories, poetry, and artwork about human-animal relationships. 

Parakeet is an annual magazine that features fiction, nonfiction, art, and poetry from both adult and child contributors (age 7-14). Like Honeyguide, we publish original work that explores the relationships between humans and animals, and how intertwined their lives can be. We will not consider pieces with profanity, erotica, or themes that are inappropriate for younger audiences. Although we understand that these themes are often part of the larger animal-human story, we will not consider work that condones the keeping of exotic pets or abuse to animals or people.

Email all submissions to parakeet.honeyguidemag@gmail.com

We can only accept unpublished work. Pieces that are posted to personal or others' blogs are considered as published. 

You may submit multiple times within a reading period, but please wait to hear back from an editor before sending any work again. 

Find details and contact information below.

 

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Young Contributors

Fiction 

Nonfiction

Poetry

Art

"My Pet" Article

 

YOUNG CONTRIBUTORS

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Ages 7-17

We are so excited to welcome young and emerging writers and artists to our magazine! 

If you are a child contributor, please use your parent or guardian's email to submit your work during reading periods. If we accept your piece, we will respond to that email to send your parent or guardian a consent form. 

 

Please include your name and age, but no other identifying information. If you want to use a pseudonym or pen name, please let us know in your submission.  

Only your first name or pseudonym/pen name, last initial, and age will appear in print. 

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FICTION

Reflect What We Need to Know about the Real World

Like Honeyguide, we value stories that examine rather than tell, and show rather than instruct.

 

Consider these questions:

-In what ways do animals help us be better humans?

-What role do humans and animals play in each other's lives?

 

This goes beyond telling us about your favorite animal or a special pet. We want to hear how humans and animals are similar, related, dependent on and independent from each other. 

We don't accept pieces that have clean-cut endings, condone abuse or the keeping of exotic pets, or have overly violent themes or profane language. 

Please keep your submission up to 4,000 words, and make sure it is in Times New Roman type at 12 pt font. Include the word "FICTION" in the subject line, and a short bio (2-3 sentences). 

We wish we could accept every amazing story we receive, but unfortunately, we will have to reject some submissions. If your piece is rejected, please know it's not because we didn't enjoy your story and see the unique beauty in it. We value your voice and your view of the world, but we simply don't have the space the accept every piece that comes our way.

If you're interested in receiving feedback on your submission, either before or after sending us your piece, ask your parent or guardian to visit the Feedback page above or send us an email. 

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NONFICTION

Share Your Unique Story

We see nonfiction as the sibling to fiction, not the antithesis. 

 

We value nonfiction submissions that hold a truth beyond actual circumstances. Be specific, honest, and reflective in your piece. 

 

Consider these questions:

--How did this situation change you?

--What did you learn about yourself after this/these interaction(s) with an animal or multiple animals?

A nonfiction story doesn't have to be dramatic, full of action, or strikingly different to be valuable. Even a seemingly ordinary moment can hold wonder and the power to change us. Show us this wonder, either sparked by an interaction with an animal, shared with an animal, or another circumstance, and how you walked away as a new person. 

Please keep your submission up to 4,000 words, and make sure it is in Times New Roman type at 12 pt font. Include the word "NONFICTION" in the subject line, and a short bio (2-3 sentences).

We wish we could accept every amazing story we receive, but unfortunately, we will have to reject some submissions. If your piece is rejected, please know it's not because we didn't enjoy your story and see the unique beauty in it. We value your voice and your view of the world, but we simply don't have the space the accept every piece that comes our way.

If you're interested in receiving feedback on your submission, either before or after sending us your piece, ask your parent or guardian to visit the Feedback page above or send us an email. 

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POETRY

A Song from the Heart, Mind and Soul

We value poetry that sings. Use rhythm, subtle rhyme, and sound to convey your ideas. 

Consider these questions:

--How can I describe and display the relationship between humans and animals?

--What do animals or feelings sound like when they communicate?

We accept poetry that uses poetic devices (ie: repetition, sound, line breaks), and we will consider poems in any form. 

 

We do not accept poetry that contains overly violent themes.  

Please keep your poems up to 20 lines each, and make sure they are in Times New Roman type at 12 pt font. Include the word "POETRY" in the subject line, and a short bio (2-3 sentences).

You may submit 1-3 poems per submission.

We wish we could accept every amazing poem we receive, but unfortunately, we will have to reject some submissions. If your piece is rejected, please know it's not because we didn't enjoy your poetry and see the unique beauty in it. We value your voice and your view of the world, but we simply don't have the space the accept every piece that comes our way.

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ART

Show Us Your Ideas

Art has a unique power to startle the senses and convey deep ideas without using words. 

We value art that not only displays humans and animals but also the dynamics of their relationship and what their partnership (or lack of it) means. 

Consider these questions:

--How can you best show what humans and animals are like together?

--What makes animals and humans similar and different?

We accept multimedia, drawings, photographs, and any kind of colored media. 

We do not accept sculptures or photos of sculptures at this time. We also do not accept art that had overt violence and abuse to people or animals. 

Please keep your submission up to 5 pieces and include the word "ART" in the subject line. 

We wish we could accept every amazing art piece we receive, but unfortunately, we will have to reject some submissions. If your work is rejected, please know it's not because we didn't enjoy your artwork and see the unique beauty in it. We value your voice and your view of the world, but we simply don't have the space the accept every piece that comes our way.

Kids with Pony

"My Pet" Article

Tell Us How Your Animal Impacted You

Did your dog help you through a difficult time? Did you form a special bond with your fish or cat? Tell us about them!

We prefer each article to be about only one pet, though we will consider pieces about multiple animals. 

Although we value passionate and enthusiastic writing, we are not looking for fun stories about you and your pet. Consider these questions:

--how did my pet make my life better?

--how did my pet help me overcome struggles?

--how is my pet helping me make better decisions every day?

We do not support the keeping of exotic animals as pets (ie: tigers, crocodiles, elephants, anacondas) and will be unable to consider pieces that support this. 

Please keep your submission up to 2,000 words, and include the words "MY PET ARTICLE" in the subject line and a photo of you and your pet. 

We wish we could accept every amazing story we receive, but unfortunately, we will have to reject some submissions. If your piece is rejected, please know it's not because we didn't enjoy your artwork and see the unique beauty in it. We value your voice and your view of the world, but we simply don't have the space the accept every piece that comes our way.