Monday Markets: From Filipino fiction to travel writing

Filipino Fiction For Young Adults: “Open Call For Submissions–Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults – Editors Dean Francis Alfar (publisher of the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies) and Kenneth Yu (publisher of Philippine Genre Stories), and co-editors for Horror: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults, announce an open call for short fiction submissions for Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults.”

Till Death Do Us Part: “Burnt Offerings Books is planning on publishing a series of monthly anthologies in 2014. The tentative title and theme of the anthology will be Till Death Do Us Part.”

Thirteen Press Anthologies (scroll down to Feb. 6 entry) – Accepting submissions for three anthologies – War, Wildwood, and Pyromania.

Dark Heart Volume Two: “With the theme of ‘Mirrors and Tears’ writers (both new and established) are invited to write a short story from 1,000-10,000 words for this anthology. The theme is open to interpretation and we look forward to reading a diverse range of YA tales.”

The Best Women’s Travel Writing: “Women writers, please send us your best stories about travel throughout the world for our annual series, The Best Women’s Travel Writing. We’re looking for the full range of experience: adventurous, mystical, funny, poignant, cuisine-related, cross-cultural, transformational, funny, illuminating, frightening, or grim-as well as solo travel and travel with friends, partners, and families.”




March into Markets: Audio Magazine, Down-Under Literary, and more

Cast of Wonders: The YA Sci-fi & Fantasy Audio Magazine — “Cast of Wonders is a YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy fiction podcast, but we don’t rigidly define the genre. We’re looking for stories that evoke a sense of wonder, that have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without explicit sex, violence or strong language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.”

The School Magazine — “What is The School Magazine? It is Australia’s most loved and longest-running literary magazine for children. For generations, it has been introducing young readers to a world of words.”

Kindle Singles program sells over 2 million short stories — “Last year, Amazon began offering its affordable, bite-sized Kindle Singles for sale. Kindle Singles have a length that’s smaller than books, but longer than most magazine articles — essentially, short stories. But until now, no data existed on exactly how well these Singles are selling. ”

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany — “Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years.”

Spring Cleaning: New YA market and voice for kids

A recent spring-cleaning session unearthed the following sites:

Sucker Literary Magazine — “I am a rare specimen–an (online/electronic) literary magazine dedicated to showcasing and promoting undiscovered and established writers who write for young adults…. I am open to any and all writers at any and all stages  of their writing career/ journey into the publishing world.”

K.I.D. VOICE —  “K.I.D (Keeping it Diverse) VOICE is an online newspaper, launching in May 2012, that will feature submissions written for and by kids like you, of diverse age, gender and nationality.   Our goal is to open up the world of literacy and learning by keeping it engaging and diverse.”

New Moon Publishes Young Writers

New Moon Girls is an online community and magazine where girls create and share poetry, artwork, videos, and more; chat together; and learn. All in a fully moderated, educational environment designed to build self-esteem and positive body image.

Love to write? Share all your fabulous fiction here! Publish your newest creations, or get advice on works-in-progress. And read great stories by other New Moon Girls!”

Hunger Mountain 2012 Submission Calls and Ebook Publishers

Calling all YA writers: check out Bethany’s blog posting for an update on Hunger Mountain’s writing needs – “Jan-March 2012: The Mystery & Magic of Identity – Hunger Mountain is actively seeking submissions for the Winter 2012 issue The Mystery and Magic of Identity.” Click here for all the info.

And I just came across Books to Go, an ebook publisher of short stories (YA and older, all genres). More and more electronic publishers are moving into the short story world, so I plan to put together a list of these publishers for Word Crushes soon. Stay tuned.

Teen Voices: Where young writers speak though print

I was thrilled when Sarah Binning, Marketing Coordinator for Teen Voices, emailed me, saying that Word Crushes had caught her attention. She wondered if I would be willing to help spread the word about Teen Voices. And, of course, I’d be happy to. So here’s the scoop:

Teen Voices is an intensive journalism mentoring and leadership development program for teen girls in Boston whose mission is to support and educate teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media.

2011 marked its 20th year of print publication. To commemorate this achievement, the cover of the Spring/Summer issue featured twenty faces of readers and teen editors of Teen Voices to showcase the diversity of readers. Additionally, it held a “20 under 20” short story competition for teen girls (check out the winners here).

Through the Teen Voices program, girls create an internationally distributed print and online alternative magazine reaching 45,000 readers worldwide and receiving more than 200,000 annual page-views from 175 countries. And it remains the only alternative magazine by and for teen girls in the nation.