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tablet, smart phone)

      Email all inquiries, submissions, applications for reviewer positions to

      We are very pleased to announce the re-launch of
Kid! magazine,
whose mission is to review, select and publish original writing submitted
by students in the age range of approximately 4th through 8th grades, for
the reading interest of students of corresponding ages.

  • Readers and writers in middle school years (grades 4-8), welcome!

  • Students in approximately grades 4 through 8 are welcome to submit
    their own original writing for possible publication. All submissions should
    be emailed  by student or parent directly to E-mails to
    this address are viewed only by the publisher and address information is
    never shared. If you are a teacher submitting work on behalf of your
    student, an email or physical address for parent or student is requested
    for contact prior to publication. Submitted work will be considered by
    editors and anonymously by one or more peer reviewers in a double-
    blind review. Criteria for publication include quality of craft and reader
    interest. Generally, we are the first publisher of previously unpublished
    work, but work that has appeared in school, local or personal publications
    is eligible as long as we are informed at the time of submission of the
    original publication, its title, nature, and contact editor.

  • Peer Reviewer opportunities for students. We maintain a peer review
    panel to provide double-blinded, anonymous evaluation of submissions
    to guide the selection for publication. The learning opportunity of peer
    reviewing is offered for any interested student to try. The publisher
    personally manages the peer review process for Kid! magazine.

  • suggestions, comments and participation are welcome

  • About the Publisher, Our Ventures and History

   "Happening Publications has been helping kids to write and publish since
2003. We (including myself and the young writers and other adults
participating with us) have been conducting writing workshops and
assisting young writers in the publication of school newspapers/magazines
and farther-reaching publications for as many years.
      In a long, previous career I was a professional medical journalist among
whose primary responsibilities was the conduct of the peer review and
editorial process for academic medical journals. I also have experience in
editing and publishing general readership (i.e. grown-up) literary
magazines.  I have taught part-time for over 15 years in elementary after
school programs in Somerville and Malden, Massachusetts, and have
enjoyed stints as a substitute classroom teacher!
      In addition to school newspapers,
Kid! and its spinoff, 12!, we publish
Happeningnow. Everywhere, a literary-pop magazine for young teen through
 young adult writers and readers.

      I am founder and director
emeritus of Writers’ Den (now directed by
Cara Feinberg), which is a voluntary extracurricular weekly writing
workshop available without cost to middle school students from any school.

      Since 2015, I have been working in close collaboration with Roy Gardner
 and Chris Mitchell, Somerville Public Schools 7-8th grade ELA teachers, in
 publishing sps 7.8, a literary magazine exclusively for the writings of SPS
 7th and 8th graders.

      Lastly, this enterprise is a noncommercial labor of love, meaning that
our motivation is not making money, to which we have so far been true! If
we ever figure a way to make money from this, we'll have our writers share
in the bounty, for sure."

Alan Ball, publisher