You are invited to send your poems, stories, essays, art and photo essays for our consideration. Please note that we are now accepting your submissions only for publication on our website. After our January-March 2021 issue, we will suspend the publication of our print magazine, and we will publish new content only on the website. All art—paintings and drawings, and photos—can now be published in full color. Youth Awards and other contests and special features have a few deadlines as below.

2021 Youth Awards: June 25 (to be announced)

2021 Haiku Contest: May 3 (to be announced)

30th Anniversary Contest (took place in 2019).

We invite youth (ages 7 to 18 yrs.) writings on intercultural, international or multicultural understanding and/or nature & environmental theme.  Essays, letters, stories should be exactly 30 words or 30 sentences, and poems should be either 30 words or 30 lines, exactly.

Please include a parental permission, contact information, and a cover letter telling us about your age/grade, your dreams and visions, etc. All entries must be received by 30 April 2019. Winners will be published in our Autumn 2019 issue, and they will receive a certificate and 30 back issues of Skipping Stones as a prize.  

Send your contest entries to: 

or snail mail to:  P. O. Box 3939, Eugene, Oregon 97403 USA

Regular Submission Guidelines for Youth

Writings (essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs, etc.) should be typed or neatly handwritten and limited to 1,000 words and poems up to 30 lines. We encourage writings in all languages with an English translation, if possible. And, we love illustrations! Please send originals of your drawings, paintings, or photos to our post office box address below. Include your name, age, and address along with your submission. We welcome electronic submissions as well. We prefer Word.doc. or .docx.files or text.edit files. Art and photos can be sent as .jpeg or .tiff files. Please DO NOT send us zip.files.

We also welcome your original, creative submissions for our various contests: Youth Honor Awards, Annual Asian Celebration Haiku Contests, etc. See details in those sections.

Tell us about yourself in a cover letter. What is your cultural background? What languages do you speak or write? What is important to you? What are your dreams and visions for the future? What inspired you to write or create your submission? We might even print part or all of your letter!

We may edit your work for space or clarity. We will contact you if we do major editing of your work. If you would like a reply from us, or your work returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Allow at least four months for our reply. We are not responsible for unsolicited submissions.

Skipping Stones holds first serial rights for publishing in our magazine and other products, including electronic products. Once accepted by us, you can publish your work elsewhere only after it is published by us. We also keep non-exclusive reprint rights for all material published in Skipping Stones. We may reprint or allow others to reprint or excerpt (with your byline, of course!) pieces published in the magazine, including by electronic means.

If you would like a reply from us or your work returned, include a self-addressed envelope with postage stamps. Submissions that do not include SASE’s will be recycled if we do not publish them. Allow four months for our reply. When your work is published in Skipping Stones, you will receive two complimentary contributor’s copies of that issue.


More ideas for Submission

Share your culture by explaining why a belief or tradition is important to you. Describe your city/village/home. Write and/or illustrate an article on an upcoming theme. Write about a community project you organized, or your experiences in a culture or country. What are your favorite ethnic foods? (Send us the recipe.) Also see the detailed ideas for submissions in the section below.