Writers' Guidelines for CLICK ®
The goal of CLICK ® is to allow young children access to the world of ideas and knowledge in an age-appropriate yet challenging way. It is often assumed that many areas of human endeavor and knowledge are uninteresting and beyond the understanding of young children. However, CLICK assumes otherwise and attempts to provide children with a clear and inviting introduction to many of the same phenomena and questions about the world that intrigue their adult counterparts. CLICK also attempts to introduce children to the processes of investigation and observation and encourages children to be active participants in the search for knowledge and understanding of their world.
Criteria for an Acceptable Article or Story
Each issue of CLICK is built around a central theme; CLICK themes introduce children to ideas and concepts within the natural, physical, or social sciences; the arts; technology; math; and history. CLICK presents nonfiction concepts to young children through a variety of formats: stories, articles, poems, photo essays, and activities.
CLICK seeks articles that explain the how and why of something in a friendly, engaging, perhaps humorous way. CLICK prefers a more informal, conversational style to a formal, textbook style. The best articles tackle one idea or concept in depth rather than several ideas superficially.
CLICK also seeks stories that contain and explain nonfiction concepts within them. Since it is part of CLICK""'s mission to encourage children to question, observe, and explore, successful stories often show children engaged in finding out about their universe""-with the help of supportive, but not all-knowing, adults.
CLICK articles are usually between 200 and 400 words. CLICK stories are usually between 600 and 1000 words.
The best way for writers to understand what CLICK is looking for is to read the magazine. Writers are encouraged to examine several issues before submitting an article or story.
Click magazine is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts or queries at present.
Experienced science writers who wish to be considered for commissions may send a resume and published clips to:
70 East Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601