Questions: Philosophy for Young People

About the Journal

Questions is unique because it publishes the work of K-12 students interested in philosophical issues, including stories, essays, poems, photographs, and drawings. The journal also publishes articles by scholars and teachers, including lesson plans, thought experiments, transcripts of philosophy discussions, book reviews, and more.

Check out 2021 Questions Issue #21 – Hope

To view earlier issues, please visit the Philosophy Documentation Center. 

Submissions for Upcoming Issue

Submit to the upcoming issue:

Philosophy and Stories

Submissions for Questions (#22) are now open. We invite you to write an essay, draw a picture, or compose a poem about your favorite story. and what philosophical ideas it invites you to reflect upon.  We welcome submissions on stories from picture books to classics of literature to science fiction/fantasy to… writing your own story!

So many works of literature tackle serious philosophical questions: What is fairness?  What is real?  Who am I?

Some story examples to illustrate possibilities and pique your interest:

  • Picture books by Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, Leo Lionni, and Eric Carle — so many wonderful, and philosophical picture books
  • Fairy and Folk Tales, both familiar ones from the European tradition and the many delightful and perhaps less familiar stories from around the world
  • Science fiction/Fantasy and Dystopian literature: C.S. Lewis Narnia books, Harry Potter and Twilight series, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and many others
  • Your favorite video game which includes a story line and ideas that invite philosophical questions; Gangnam Impact, anyone?
  • Classics from the Odyssey to Alice in Wonderland to Catch 22
  • Write your own philosophical story and share what makes it philosophical
  • Draw images, take photos, and create poems that capture your favorite story and its inner philosophical challenge.

Submissions on other philosophical topics will be considered based on space, so if you have an idea that you would like to develop, please do so.

For those unfamiliar with past issues, Questions features short articles, discussions, drawings, critiques, poetry, and other writings by philosophy students of all ages. The journal is published annually by the Philosophy Documentation Center. It is our goal to engage children in advanced philosophical thinking through related and common works of art.  

All our issues are comprised of unsolicited submissions from educators and students. As part of our anonymous review selection, we consider all submissions for correctness, accuracy and quality of thought for the writer’s age.


Questions is looking for a variety of content written by  various age groups in order to document different phases of philosophical inquiry. Questions accepts:

  • Short Articles
  • Discussions
  • Drawings
  • Critiques
  • Poetry
  • Lesson Plans
  • Children’s Classroom Experiences/ Reactions to Philosophy
  • Book reviews
  • Other Thought Provoking Ideas

Submit Here


  1. While we are always accepting submissions, the deadline for each issue is April 30, 2022.

  2. Send all submissions to: or use the form in this tab to submit.

  3. Written submissions should be sent in Word or Rich Text File formats (.doc/.docx or .rtf) and please include a paragraph about yourself: your name, age, school, and the town/state/country in which you live.

  4. Please cite and format scholarly articles according to the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style; use endnotes rather than footnotes.

  5. Send images, whether photographs, drawings, paintings, etc., as uncompressed image files with at least a 300 dpi resolution.

  6. If you are a publisher and would like to send us a book to review, please mail the book to the address on our Contact Us.

Images—whether photographs, drawings, paintings—should be sent as JPEGS (with at least 300 dpi resolution). Written submissions should be sent in Word or Rich Text File formats (as doc, docx, or .rtf). Scholarly articles should confirm to the Chicago Manual of Style for textual and citation manners; please use endnotes rather than footnotes.

Be sure to include contact information with your submissions. A copyright release is needed for publication. All submissions should go to

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    Questions Editorial Board

    Wendy Turgeon, Editor-in-Chief

    Eli Baum

    Alex Chang

    Steven Goldberg

    David Heise

    Stephen Miller

    Jana Mohr Lone (Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus)

    Janice Moskalik

    Christiane Wisehart