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Writing for Children’s Magazines

on September 6, 2010

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the “gotta get my book published” mentality. But there are other ways to be published as a children’s writer. Kid magazines! Kid Magazines can be found both on-line and in print. Most of us know about Highlights or the Bug Magazines (Ladybug, Spider, Cricket). But there are quite a few others too.

If you are considering writing for children’s magazines, a great resource to know about is Kid Magazine Writers. The website includes up to date information on children’s magazines along with helpful interviews with children’s magazine editors. Magazine articles and short stories are great ways to try out a new character, or give a minor character a story of his/her own. Non-fiction articles are wonderful ways to put to use all that great research that might have been done for a novel.

One of my first publications was in Dragonfly Spirit. It was an article about including a pet with your character. The idea came from a paper I wrote during my Vermont College MFA Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Unfortunately, Dragonfly Spirit is no longer publishing.

Some of my other magazine writing has included:

Columbia Kids (The e-zine published with the Washington State History Museum)–Two non-fiction articles about local Seattle Icons, The Fremont Troll and Rachel The Pike Market Pig, and a historical fiction short story based on the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Port Townsend.

Crow Toes Quarterly--A print magazine published in Canada that publishes all kinds of scary stories for tweens. One of my short stories, “Hand on the Door” was published in the Fall 2007 edition.

Stories for ChildrenAn on-line magazine. My non-fiction article, “Marvelous Mosaics”, was published here. This was a fun article to write as I got to interview a friend of mine who was working in mosaics. The article came out of research I was doing for a young adult romance novel. This article was later selected to be included in Stories for Children’s annual print anthology. However, due to the recession, the book did not end up getting published.

Once Upon a Time–A craft magazine for children’s writer published an article I wrote about volunteering with the youth at the juvenile detention center. Unfortunately, this one is no longer in print.

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