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Clubhouse Jr. Submission Guidelines
Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. is a 32-page magazine designed to inspire, entertain and teach Christian values to children ages 3-7. The magazine, which has a circulation of over 50,000, reaches young readers and their parents all over the world. Parents trust Clubhouse Jr. to provide wholesome, educational material with Scriptural or moral insight. The kids anticipate stories with excitement, adventure, action, humor or mystery. Your job, as a writer, is to create work that pleases both parents and children.
We feature fiction stories in each issue. We look for fresh, creative stories, especially those with children our audience’s age as the main character. The characters should be well-developed, the story fast-paced and interesting, and the prose descriptive and engaging. While our stories aren’t always explicitly Christian, they should be built on a foundation of Christian beliefs and family values. Key elements in a strong story are humor and charm. Fiction stories should be 800-1,000 words in length.
What we’re looking for:
~ Humorous stories with a point
~ Contemporary stories with multicultural or ethnic settings
~ Choose-your-own adventure stories
What we don’t need:
~ Stories where adults solve every problem
~ Preachy sounding stories with an overbearing moral or message
We also feature rebus stories in Clubhouse Jr. These unique, picture-story pieces encourage parent-child interaction and reading development. A successful rebus features repeated images, concise word choice and a funny, insightful ending. We urge potential authors to study previously published Clubhouse Jr. rebus stories to better understand this genre. Rebus stories should be 200 words.
We are always looking for unique and interesting nonfiction stories and articles, especially stories about real-life kids. Every article should have a Christian angle, though it shouldn’t be overbearing. The concepts and vocabulary should be appropriate for our audiences’ ages.
What we’re looking for:
~ Unique animal and nature features tying into faith (400 words)
~ Easy craft, recipe and activity articles using common household items (300 words)
~ Interviews with noteworthy Christians including athletes or actors (400 words)
What we don’t need:
~ Science or educational articles without Christian insight
~ Biographies told in an encyclopedia or textbook-style without a kid angle
~ Puzzles, word searches and crossword puzzles
Clubhouse Jr. often publishes Bible stories. We look for imaginative yet accurate retellings of Scripture. We generally favor lesser-known stories or stories told from a new point of view. The best styles are short captions, easy reader or comic strip versions. A nonfiction sidebar highlighting accurate facts about the subject is a plus. Bible stories should be 400 words.
We generally pay between 15 and 25 cents per word, depending on the amount of editing required. Fiction, nonfiction and Bible stories are usually bought for $100-$200. Rebus stories are generally purchased for $75-$150. Authors sign a contract and are paid upon acceptance of the story and sent complimentary copies when the piece is published. We do not consider reprinted stories. We purchase a non-exclusive license, and simultaneous submissions are not accepted.
If you would like a sample of the magazine to read and study, please send $3.99 and a large self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below or call 1-800-232-6459. You can also order a single issue of Clubhouse Jr. from Focus on the Family’s online store.
All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, on one side only of letter paper (8.5×11 inches). The author’s name, address, phone number, email address and an approximate word count should appear on the first page of the manuscript or in the cover letter, as well as the genre of the story. We only accept completed manuscripts; no query letters. Material will not be returned unless a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage is included. Seasonal material should be sent at least eight months in advance.
Address all submissions to:
Kate Jameson, Clubhouse Jr. Assistant Editor
Focus on the Family
8605 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
We do our best to respond to submissions within 12 weeks.