The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to begin a magazine for Jewish kids?
Anna Caplan (AC): Honeycake was an idea I dreamed up for my own children. One day as I was renewing my four-year-old’s subscription to Ladybug magazine, it occurred to me that I had never seen a similar type of publication for Jewish kids. I started to think about the gaps I saw in contemporary American Jewish children’s literature, and how a magazine could fill some of those gaps for our family. The idea began to take on a life of its own and Honeycake was born.
TWM: Why this particular age group?
AC: The first issue of Honeycake will be for two- to six-year-olds (similar to magazines like Ladybug and High Five). Because this age group encompasses both pre-readers and early readers, we know that many of our young readers will experience Honeycake read aloud, while older children may enjoy the magazine on their own. It’s exciting to design a magazine for children at this transitional moment in their experience of reading.
TWM: How is it distributed?
AC: We’re distributing the first issue of Honeycake on our own. For a limited time, the first issue can be pre-ordered through our Kickstarter campaign (launching May 14, 2019). Backers will receive their copy of Honeycake in the mail in early December — just in time for Hanukkah!
TWM: What can you tell us about your editorial needs? What are you looking for?
AC: We’re looking for a freelance editor to work on our first issue. The ideal candidate will have experience working on manuscripts for young children as well as a background in Jewish education. If this sounds like you or someone you know, we’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWM: How can writers submit to you?
AC: Writers can submit work to us at email@example.com. Visit our website for details about what we’re looking for.
TWM: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
AC: We have big plans for Honeycake! As we grow, we plan to publish four to six issues each year. We’re also exploring the possibility of adding a section for older children, so that the magazine can be shared with the whole family. Our vision is that the magazine will serve as a platform for Jewish writers and artists and inspire the creation of new work. To follow us on our journey, you can subscribe to our email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram at @honeycakemagazine.