Sunday, March 29, 2009

Learning Through History

Vol 7, Issue 4- Egypt's New Kingdom (1570–1070 BC)

The deadline for submissions for this issue is April 15, 2009. Below are a few of the topics that we are seeking submissions on:

Valley of the Kings
Ahmose I and Egypt's Expansion
Akhenaten, the Heretic Pharaoh
Boy King Tutankhamun
A Unusual Pharoah:Hatshepsut
The City of Thebes
Battle of Kadesh
Egyptian Deities
Ramses the Great
Tomb Robbing
New Kingdom Mummification
Farming in the Nile River Valley
Art During the Reign of Thutmose I
Amenhotep III's Stone Scarabs


$75 per article

This includes biographies and various other approaches to history, science, mathematics, geography and arts that pertain to the topic in each issue. We do NOT publish lesson plans.

We are looking for focused and exciting articles, rather than broad factual surveys (aka history textbook style) that will engage our young readers. They should be written at an appropriate grade-level given our readership - middle school through high school with reading level not to exceed the 9th grade if using Word.

Articles should be 1000-1400 words and include at least three meaningful discussion questions or activity suggestions that can be used with the article. See the Magazine Tour for good examples. Note: Discussion questions should not be counted in the word count.

References or sources of information must be included with submissions - please provide as a separate page of the manuscript. We use this for fact-checking sources. Sources for corresponding websites and public domain photos welcome.

Arts & Crafts Projects
$75 per project

Arts and crafts submissions should appeal to ages 10+ and tie into the historical topic or theme of each issue. Project plans must include clear, numbered directions and require inexpensive, easy-to-obtain materials. Two or more high-resolution digital photos (JPEG, Photoshop or Illustrator files - 300 dpi min.) of the project are required for acceptance.

The deadline for submissions for Vol 7, Issue 4 is 4/15/09


Submissions are via email; please send directly to:

Keep in mind the reading level of our audience. Readability should be between the 6th and 9th grade reading levels and no higher. Microsoft Word has a grammar check function that can give you readability statistics.

Please include the word "submission" in the email subject header. Please send as a Microsoft Word file. If you do not have Word, send us a plain text (.txt) file only - we can not read other word processing formats, such as Works - .wks files.

Please ensure that your name and the title of the work appear on all pages of the manuscript. Do not include any fancy formatting or embedded graphics in your file.

Include your name, regular-mail address where we can send payment and a copy of the magazine if your article is accepted, and a short 20-30-word bio written in the third person.

We will notify you of submission receipt within 2 weeks. Allow 4 weeks or more after issue closing date for notification of submission acceptance or decline. Queries on status prior to this time will not be answered.

We do not accept submissions from any third-parties or agencies, only original authors.

NOTE: We accept queries ONLY from established authors who have previously published works for younger audiences and can provide numerous, relevant examples. All queries must include details about your proposed article (i.e. topic, length, etc.) - an email stating that you'd like to write an article for us with no other information is NOT a query).

All others must submit completed works for consideration.


We buy ALL rights, both print and electronic, including copyright. If you are not comfortable with these terms, please do not send us submissions, as terms are not negotiable.


Payment is upon publication and is paid in U.S. funds via check. See above under the content areas for specific payment amounts. Contributors will also receive a free copy of the issue in which their work appears.

If we assign you work based upon a query or accept a manuscript that we end up not publishing, we will pay a kill fee of 50% of the agreed upon rate. Rights of works that are not used are retained by the writer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Five Markets - Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

The Tampa Marketing Company is seeking contributing authors for Five Books to be published in June 2009. The Collections for 2009 are:

1. Ghost Stories and Unusual Tales.
Fictional stories about ghosts, spirits, and the paranormal

2. What Sports (and Sports Viewing) Is Really About
Fictional stories about why people are so attached to sports activities. Stories can be about the activity itself, friendships made, or almost any aspect of the sports world.

3. Depression/Recession ? The Economy in 2009.
Fictional and/or testimonial stories about hardships faced in todays economy.

4. Relationships: the Good , the Bad, and the Funny
Fictional stories about the good, the funny, and the bad side of relationships.

5. Measures of Time, A Collection of Contemporary Poetry.
Creative poetry reflecting today's emotions, living, and times.

Compensation and Submission Information:
Short Story writers will be paid $50 upon approval of their story for publication and will receive 4 books upon publishing. Poets will receive $25 and 2 books for each poem accepted.
Authors may submit more than one story or poem. Fees will be paid within 30 days of receipt of an executed Writer Acceptance Agreement.
Story must be original, on topic, and all rights to the story must belong to the author.
Deadline for entry is March 31,2009.
Selections will be made by April 10, 2009.

To Submit a Story:
Email story to

Heading must indicate which subject area the story belongs to and title of the article.
Name, address, phone, and email of the author must be provided. Story must be submitted in a Microsoft Word File. Stories to not be longer than 3,000 words. Poetry limited to 1,500 words

Availability of Finished Books. The books will be available for pre-order and will be extensively marketed through all available store and online outlets. ORDER BOOKS AND GET MORE INFORMATION at

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Life Without Series

-- Writers wanted for new collection of true stories --

We are looking for writers – newbies, hobbiest, or professionals - to help contribute true stories to our first series in a new collection called Life Without ...

Life Without ... presents a glimpse into the window of life of people who live life missing a key element but yet still live with the insights shaped inevitable by what is missing. These true stories open a display of raw emotions, intriguing thoughts, and intimate memories culminating into powerful life lessons. These stories should touch the human chords that encourage, entertain, and enlighten all of us and not just those who live life without.

Life Without ...Dad is the first series in this collection - which is currently under development. These true stories will be accounts from individuals who grew up without a dad whether due to divorce, passing, or other reasons. These stories will detail a specific memory or event that culminates by providing insight into the window of life without dad.

If you have a story to share with others about life without dad; we would love to hear from you! Please review our writers guidelines and submit your story.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR

101 Stories of Family, Fortitude, and Fast Cars

Everyone loves great stories about families working and playing together, grit and perseverance, and fast cars! We are collecting stories for the ultimate NASCAR book, coming out in February 2010, in time for the new season. We are excited to have well-known NASCAR columnist Cathy Elliott editing the book.

Do you have a great NASCAR story to share? We prefer stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

Interacting with the drivers
Experiences you have had with family members at the track or at home
NASCAR family traditions
Things you have seen drivers do that you found admirable or inspiring
Finding love at the racetrack, or even getting married there
Funniest personal NASCAR moments
Individual drivers and what they have meant to you
Ways that NASCAR has brought your family together
Stories about the most passionate, dedicated, or downright obsessive fans
you have ever met
Your first NASCAR experience and what it meant to you
Your favorite racetrack
Why NASCAR is part of your life
Kids and NASCAR
NASCAR's patriotism
Experiences in the infield...

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Book of Miracles

Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Book of Miracles

Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Book of Miracles, with co-author LeAnn Thieman, is looking for true stories showing signs and wonders God is performing today. We invite people of all faiths to share their stories of ordinary people whose lives are transformed by wondrous events. Whether a "Divine coincidence, " an appearance of God, or answered prayers, this book will show God's miracle power in action, alive and very active in the world today!

Please share your heart-warming, humorous and powerfully moving stories of no more than 1,200 words.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

*"Divine coincidence"
*Everyday miracles
*Safety and Protection
*Visions and Voices
*Heavenly Connections
*Overcoming Obstacles
*Intercession of Saints
*Power of Prayer
*Holy Spirit
*Signs from Above

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of the book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright and the rights to your story.


DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2009. Book is scheduled for publication in 2010

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Surfing's Greatest Misadventures: Volume 2

DEADLINE: May 30th, 2009

We are seeking stories, articles and essays on the general subject of surfing misadventure for publication in Surfing's Greatest Misadventures: Volume 2. We are looking for nonfiction, first-person surf stories of bad judgment calls, pranks, comical/ironic episodes, disaster, attacking predators, misfortune, injury, loss of wit or limb, panic, critical conditions, contest meltdowns, everyday fears, surf trips gone wrong or the out-of-water episodes that surround surfing. WeĆ¢€™re looking for well-written stories that tell a good tale, reflect a culture, and develop the depth of the characters involved. We also like stories that have a tight narrative tension and a payoff at the end. Open to writers and surfers of any level. There is no fee or cost to submit a story.

What do we mean by surfing?

We include the following types of wave riding: surfing, body boarding, bodysurfing, tow-in surfing, wind surfing, kiteboarding and other forms of wave riding on a board.

Writers will be paid $100 and four contributor copies upon publication if their story is selected for publication.

Book Description
The true stories in this one-of-a-kind collection cross the spectrum from terrifying to comical to downright bizarre. Prepare yourself for the most gripping and unbelievable stories about big waves, shark attacks, tsunamis, boating disasters, devastating wipeouts, pranks, and bad judgment calls. These thirty tales, by surf journalists, filmmakers, magazine editors, watermen, and everyday surfers, illuminate the less enchanting aspects of a life committed to surf.

For more info: http://www.casagran surfing2. html