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Submit Products for Review
We welcome submissions of children’s interactive media from any publisher of any size or part of the world. Any commercial product is "fair game" for a review, with no exceptions.

There are no fees associated with submitting products. Before you send us products, check to make sure your title is not already listed in the CTREX Database. You might also want to watch "Working With the Press… Do’s and Don’ts"

CTR considers apps, commercial video games, software, Internet sites and smart toys for ages birth-to 15-years-of-age. We don’t look at linear media or non-interactive products, and we can’t ensure that we’ll review every product.

What We Pick
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Submission Form
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Award Programs

What We Pick For Review
In the last four years, the number of children’s apps has far outnumbered our ability to provide comprehensive coverage. In determining how to spread our attention, we consider the following factors:
  • Suggestions from readers. We tune into our subscribers and take requests.
  • "Consumer Risk" – a free product is less likely to be reviewed, simply because you can give it a test to see for yourself. That’s not to say we don’t review all “free” products. We do consider children’s time in this formula. A product with popular characters does increase the chances we’ll have a look.
  • Lack of PR resources. We especially look for promising products that might fly under the radar of other review services.
  • The first of a series. We try to “nip it in the bud” to point out common errors for a planned series. Perhaps the creator can make changes.
  • Newsworthiness. We’ll have a quick look, but determine it doesn’t merit the review time because it lacks something we call “newsworthiness.” For example, if an app is the second or third in a series, and the design doesn’t vary from others, we’ll make a note of the new product in the start of the original product with a date stamp, and move on.
  • Does it fill the curriculum grid? We’re always looking for interactive products with learning value; worthy of classroom time and resources.
Product Submission Form
Product Information
Product Name *
Description

Price *
The suggested retail (or street) price in USD.
Platform *
Hardware and platform information.
Age *
The recommended age(s) for the product.
Key Dates *
The street date (ideally we like to see products 30-60 days prior to the street date).
Codes
Any required codes for access or downloading, to give us a child's eye view of your product.

Product Screenshots
Don't send images that are promotional in any way. We won't use these images. For apps, we like three images:
1) Typical activity
2) main menu or choice point
3) another typical activity. We want to show the child's eye view.

Image 1 URL
Primary image - what the child does (typical activity)
Image 2 URL
Main menu or choice point
Image 3 URL
Support image - another typical activity

Company Contact Information
Company Name *
Web site
Address
Contact Name *
Email *
Phone
Fax
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

* Indicates required field

Any Additional Information
Comments


Where to send materials *
Children's Technology Review
126 Main Street
Flemington, NJ 08822

908-284-0404 (phone, 9 to 3 PM, EST)
908-284-0405 (fax)

* Final packaging and swag is not necessary and has no bearing on determining if a product gets reviewed.

Award Programs
KAPi Awards (Kids At Play Awards for Innovation) and the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Prize
Products submitted to CTR are also automatically considered for one of two prizes; however YOU MUST USE THE CONTEST ENTRY FORM (we’re just one vote of many).

The annual KAPi Awards, to be given at the Kids at Play Summit in Las Vegas, NV during the first day of the International Consumer Electronics Show. Here’s how the award program works.

In an effort to identify innovation and excellence in the design of children’s interactive media, CTR Editor Warren Buckleitner and the attendees of the Dust or Magic institute will create a list of nominees, following the three days of testing and live demonstrations that are the normal part of the Institute. The attendees help create the list. During the Kids at Play Institute event, the winners will be selected during the lunch. To be eligible for an award, a product must have the following:

  • Prior year’s copyright date. This includes a significant upgrade to an existing product. Minor changes to an existing product are not eligible.
  • Designed for ages birth to 15.
  • Child appropriate content (EC, E or T rated ESRB content).
  • Any form of interactive content can be considered. Non interactive (e.g., video content) is not considered.

First week of December — Deadline for submitting products for KAPi Consideration, although please check with the formal site.

First week of January — Award winners and finalists announced in public.