February 15, 2006

New Market for Mysteries!

From the latest SCBWI newsletter:

Startup children's magazine is looking for writers and illustrators - A Michigan based publishing company, in business for over 20 years, is launching a magazine for children.

We are looking for regular contributors to develop mysteries with recurring characters - think Scooby Doo, Boxcar Children or Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but for a magazine. Please send a pitch with your characters and three sample outlines or mysteries you may solve. Articles will be varying lengths to meet the needs of 8-13 year olds, but generally between 400-1000 words. Payment will be $20 upon publication.

We also need stand alone mystery stories for various issues. These mysteries may be simple, such as how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, why a waterfall seems to move upwards and so forth. Please submit full manuscript for consideration. Length is 300-800 words. Payment will be $15 upon publication.

Lastly, we need illustrators for the above works. We need media forms that can be reproduced or are made in black and white and that will fit the text submitted by writers. Payment would be $20 per illustration upon publication or a flat rate given if one illustrator can provide all of the illustrations.

Please submit pitches, samples and/or portfolios by February 10th to: tmmsmail@yahoo.com with MYSTERY in the subject line or Editor PO Box 20 Lupton, MI 48635. We hope to have the premiere issue out for May 1st. (And we really hope to pay more in future issues!) Please email to the above address if you have further questions. Thank you.

I realize there's that Feb. 10 deadline up there, and here it is the 15th already. But it's always worth knowing something about a brand-new market, and you can always e-mail to find out when the next deadline is...

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