Alternative Bedtime Reading for Progressive Parents

Alternative Bedtime Reading for Progressive Parents


Taking submissions until April 15, 2019. 

We’re looking for nursery rhymes, poetry, and stories that can be read and enjoyed by children of all ages. There is no lower word limit on poems or nursery rhymes. 

The work can be completely original or derived from fairy tales, bible stories, folklore, myths, or similar so long as acknowledgement is made, but absolutely no fan fiction of work that is not in the public domain. 

For stories we’re looking for 500 to 3000 words. We anticipate publishing in fall of 2019.

Edited by Diana Payton and Bob Brown

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be in Word or RTF attachments, using SFWA manuscript format. Include your name AND email on the document. We’re pretty organized, but sometimes emails and stories get separated, and that is NEVER GOOD.

Email your submission to The  subject should be: “SUBMISSION Alternative Bedtime Reading for Progressive Parents”. Really. Just copy it – we’ve made it simple. 

Pay is 2 cents a word and royalties for stories. For very short fiction, poems, and nursery rhymes, we offer an option of a flat $25 to the writer. Payment is made on publication. 

Multiple and Simultaneous submissions okay, reprints as well, but they are held to a higher standard.

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NOTE: Do not use this form to submit your story – it will be rejected if you do for not following the submission guidelines. If you have questions on this open call, please fill out the form below and an editor will respond to you as soon as they can.