Amazing Kids! Magazine

July/August Combo Issue 2016: Issue #101 – Friends Forever!

Hi Amazing Kids!


With summer in full swing, we have one issue for June and July so our staff can enjoy their summer. Don’t worry though because this issue, with the theme of “Friends Forever”, is jam-packed with great stories. Friendships make our lives deeper and more fun. You can see all of that and more in such stories as Spirit in the Fiction stories column, a great story about how a betrayal still does not destroy a friendship. You can also read a nice story about loyalty and bravery in How Alex and Rigo Became Friends and even the complications of friendship as you are growing up in Friends til the End? in the Fiction column. In the Nonfiction column you’ll get to read about a great book called The Magician’s Nephew. An Amazing Kids Adventure story called A Day with Innocent People about visiting people with disabilities will show you that friendships can start in many places. One of the main features of the magazine each month is the Magazine Staff Q&A where we ask a question and you get to know our staff better by reading their answers. I found this month’s Q&A especially interesting because everyone agreed that a true friend is someone you can trust, is loyal, and accepts you for who you are. After reading our stories this month, ask yourself “Am I a true friend?”

Our contest is in full swing and we are beginning to receive your entries. If you haven’t sent in one yet, it is not too late. We are accepting entries until August 1st and we have 4 $50 Amazon gift cards to hand out to the winners. So, read the rules on our contest page. You will find this contest especially interesting because you really need to stretch your creativity. Every entry will be starting with the following sentence, “(He/She/or Name) opened the door to the closet and there, sitting on the floor was a locked chest…”. We are looking for creative, adventurous, and well-written stories. I know you can do it. Use your summer time writing something great! I can’t wait to read your entries.

You can also submit your stories, articles, and art (including photographs) to me to include in upcoming issues. Our upcoming themes include: Teachable Moments, Make a Difference, Reach for the Stars, A New Beginning, Acts of Kindness, and Electronics in Action. If you follow one of our themes, you’ll have a better chance of your submission being accepted for publication. Remember, we also publish artwork so all those sketches could make you a published artist. Just scan your piece of art you’ve made and send it to us as a png or jpeg file. So look through the stories you’ve written and your artwork and send them to me at after reading the submission requirements in our Write for Us area under the “Get Involved” tab.

We’re still looking for some excellent writers and editors to join our amazing team soon. If you are interested in learning how to write better and edit submissions while having fun with our fantastic staff, let me know if you’re interested in becoming the Amazing Artist Editor, Adult Spotlight Interviewer (who arranges interviews with accomplished adults worldwide), Movie Reviews Editor, or a monthly Contributing Writer. Just email me with your writing experience and interests to

The author Henri J.M. Nouwen wrote, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” Think about this not only for your own lives, but for the lives of the characters in your writing. Friends that don’t live up to the expectations create drama and uncertainty in a story, which can add depth and interesting twists. Create some interesting layers in your writing by including parts of people you know who may not be perfect. The interactions they create can change the course of your story, much as a good (or bad) friendship can. Allow your experiences with friendships color your story. Hopefully you’ll always strive to be a good friend to others. It always comes back to you in many ways.

Write On!

Ryan Traynor