Deadline: March 27, 2017
Cricket (for ages 9-14) seeks contemporary middle-grade fiction of 1,200 to 1,800 words. Strong submissions will feature a protagonist who is actively engaged in the challenge and adventure of being a kid—taking on new responsibilities, discovering hidden talents, overcoming fears, or meeting new and surprising people. The tone may be lighthearted or serious—exploring with friends or facing problems at home or school.
Stories should have an authentic voice, revealing character primarily through action and dialogue, and reach a satisfying resolution. Stories set within city environments, or in non-American settings, and featuring characters from underrepresented groups are especially welcome.
Submit your work here.