Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Submitting to magazines, part three (and feeling blah)

I was having a perfectly fine day, aside from my craving for some real quiet time in which to write. But then I started feeling a sore throat coming on. Ugh! What is it about a sore throat that makes just about everything else rotten? And I can't even have a piece of chocolate to cheer me up because it will just make my throat worse. How rotten is that?

At least I did finally get that quiet time I wanted, so it's not all bad.

Okay, so more about magazine submissions...

I was just thinking that I should start taking my own advice and get some stuff out to a few magazines. Especially those with theme lists that will fill up in no time. Here are a few that I like to submit to regularly:

Pockets, a Christian devotional magazine for kids. Uses theme lists and has a fiction writing contest every year.

Highlights, of course. I recommend trying to break in with puzzles, activities or maybe even a good craft. But don't be afraid to try other stuff too--everything has a shot. Highlights also has a fiction writing contest every year. Oh, and they buy ALL RIGHTS, which may seem like a bummer to some people, but I think the credit is worth it.

The Fun for Kidz magazines. They work far in advance and they have theme lists. Pay is on publication. You'll have your best chance breaking in with nonfiction.

Wee Ones is a nice online mag for kids. They have theme lists and are published every other month.

The Cricket Magazine Group. I haven't broken in here yet, though I have gotten a couple of personal rejections.

Of course, there are a lot of other magazines and other publications to consider. A great online resource for magazine writing is Kid Magazine Writers. Lots of helpful articles and info on different publications. Check it out!

3 comments:

  1. This is great, a place to start. I mean, I knew Highlights and Cricket, but the others I was unsure of. Of course I can always crack open the good ol' Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, but it helps to hear about ones someone you know (at least cyber-blog-know) has already tried...

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  2. F.Y.I. Sadly, Wee One's is closing down at the end of 2008 and is no longer open to submissions. But, it was a great place to send manuscripts. I sold two poems to them. One of which will be in the May/June 2008 issue. I've really enjoyed your posts about magazines and now I'm fired up to submit more. Thanks.

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  3. Oh! Thanks for pointing that out to me, Funny! What a bummer that Wee Ones is closing down.

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