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Discovery Girls FAQ

Frequently asked questions on becoming a Discovery Girl

What is a Discovery Girl?

We consider all of our readers “Discovery Girls”—girls who are curious, strong, and enthusiastic about becoming the very best they can be.  We also feature several girls in each issue of the magazine who are our Discovery Girls for that issue. In the past, we visited a different state for each issue and held a two-day photo shoot, during which our Discovery Girls from that state helped us put together the issue. In 2013, we started holding an annual Girls Leadership Summit. We invite 36 girls to come to California for a 3-day summit to learn leadership skills, discuss issues of importance to tween girls,  attend photo shoots, work with our editors to brainstorm ideas for the magazine—and have tons of fun!

That's right! You no longer have to wait until we're visiting your state to be considered—no matter where you live in the United States or Canada, you can apply! However, we only accept applications to our Girl's Leadership Summit for a few months each year—so be sure to watch the website for updates and announcements!

All girls who live in the United States and Canada who are between the ages of 8 and 12.

The Girl's Leadership Summit is usually held in the San Francisco Bay area. Details on the exact location are sent to the girls who are chosen to attend.

Will I hear from DG if I don't get chosen?

Unfortunately we are not able to contact all the girls who are not chosen, but we do post a notice on the Summit page when all the girls have been notified.


How can I contribute to Discovery Girl magazine?

There are many ways to contribute to DG. For all the details, go to the Contribute to DG Magazine page. Briefly, here are the sections that regularly feature girls' contributions or letters: The Great Debate, Embarrassing Moments, Ask Ali, Mailbag, Health & Beauty, and The Worst Day. You can also enter one of our many contests. (Please see the latest issue of Discovery Girls for details on current contests.)

I wrote to Ask Ali but never got an answer. Why not?
Unfortunately Ali receives so many letters she isn't able to answer them all personally. She tries to choose letters for her column that will benefit many of our readers. If you have a serious problem or need advice immediately, you should ask an adult you trust for help.
I sent you a letter/Worst Day story/article but you didn't publish it yet. When will it be in the magazine?
We receive too many submissions to publish them all. For the greatest chance of seeing your work in the magazine, make sure it is your best effort and that the topic is one that is of interest to many girls.

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How often will I get a magazine?

Discovery Girls is published every other month, so you will receive six (6) issues per year. You can expect to receive your subscription issue 2 weeks prior to the issue date. For example, you will receive your October/November subscription issue in mid-September.

Digital Subscriptions

If you have not yet downloaded the “Discovery Girls” app from the iTunes store, please do so. This is a free app available at in the the iTunes store. Unfortunately, some users have experienced problems with the app crashing. If this happens, you should be able to fix it by following these steps:

  1. Close all running apps. (Double-click the Home button, press and hold on the app icons in the bottom list until they start "shaking", then tap the "X" on each to close the app).
  2. Shut down the device. (Hold the Power key then slide the red bar when prompted).
  3. Turn the devise on again. The App should now work fine.

In your Library list, you'll see a button to the right of each issue that says Archive. Tap this button, and you will delete the issue from active storage on your device. At any time, You can always re-download those issues again later at no charge.

First, make sure you're signed in to the same account you purchased the issues with. If so, hit the "Missing Issues?" button on the upper right-hand corner of the Library tab. If this does not solve the problem, please contact us.

This happens occasionally when the iPad interrupts the processing of the issue. Typically restarting the app will resolve the issue. If not, you can always delete and re-install the app. You will never have to pay again for something you've already purchased, as long as you're on the same account.

On reinstall, you'll see a box asking if you wish to restore all purchases—press "Yes". If you miss that box, just tap "Missing Issues" in the Library list to get back access to all previously purchased issues and subscriptions.

You may access your purchased issues or subscription on all iOS devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch running the “Discovery Girls” app if you're signed in with the same iTunes account. Just download the app, make sure you are signed into the same iTunes account you originally purchased the subscription with, and hit the "Missing Issues" button.

If you purchase a subscription through “Discovery Girls”, and are using the Apple iOS5 operating system, new issues will download automatically in the Apple Newsstand folder. You will be notified when a new issue is available. If you are on the older Apple iOS4 operating system, you will still get a notification from “Discovery Girls” about the new issue, but it is necessary for you to download new issues manually as they become available.

Press and hold your finger on the screen to bring up the "Store" button. Tap this to to access the in-app store, where you can subscribe to the magazine and buy single issues. Tap the price, confirm your purchase, and the issue will appear in your library. There you can tap the button to download it.

If the issues you've purchased are not listed in your Library, first make sure you're on the same iTunes account you originally purchased the issues with. If so, hit the "Missing Issues?" button in the upper right corner of the Library tab, which should restore your permissions to all issues you're entitled to. If that doesn't solve it, please contact us.

We do not yet have a procedure in place to accommodate this, but we are working on being able to accommodate such requests shortly.

Yes, we are offering a special lower price for our current paid print subscribers. Please click here. We are also featuring a special combination offer for new subscribers who wish to receive both the print and digital versions of “Discovery Girls”.

If you have not yet downloaded the “Discovery Girls” app from the iTunes store, please do so. This is a free app available at in the the iTunes store. Do not purchase anything else from within the app, as your subscription is already paid for. The first time you open the app after downloading, look for the "Library" " tab on the top row navigation bar, then:

  1. Press "Sign In" or “My Account” (this varies by digital reader make sure the FAQ matches the app they have built).
  2. Enter the e-mail address and password you set up when you ordered your subscription and hit " Log In"
  3. Close the Sign-In window and press "Library" to see the issues you are currently entitled to receive. This will be the current issue when you first subscribe, then each subsequent issue on your subscription as it is published.
  4. Press the box with the issue you wish to read.

“Discovery Girls” Interactive Edition  is built specifically for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The entire issue is specially designed to bring our features to life on a digital screen for the first time. Since we are not restricted by the confines of paper and print, we can add extra interactive content. The NOOK, and Kindle versions of the magazine are PDF replicas of the print pages without any additional interactive features.

Just like the paper issue, you can explore “Discovery Girls” Interactive Edition page by page or by skipping around. Swipe across with one finger to turn one story at a time, or swipe with two fingers to quickly jump among sections. You can also just press and hold your finger on the screen or tap the upper right corner to bring up the contents list and the thumbnail preview at the bottom. From here you can simply tap to jump among sections. And you can bookmark a page by tapping the upper right corner of a page, and it will appear in the Bookmarks panel.

“Discovery Girls” Interactive Edition, is an all access model that takes advantage of the latest technology to deliver a truly immersive reader experience, making full use of the iOS user-intuitive navigational tools and spectacular display. Every bit of content you love from the paper issue is in “Discovery Girls”, redesigned for easy reading on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. We also enhance stories with additional photo galleries, exclusive videos, and interactive features you can't get in the paper magazine. This new interactive version has the following fun features:

  • Automatic scoring on quizzes and instant poll results!
  • Fun pop-ups—more photos, more information.
  • Submit your letters, embarrassing moments, stories and more, right from the app!
  • Share embarrassing moments, quiz results and more with your friends.
  • Visit related web sites without leaving the app.