Call for submissions: Cricket and Spider

From the site: “Cricket and Spider are looking for stories, poetry, and nonfiction exploring the theme of Knights and Castles. We seek not only traditional historical fiction and legends, but also stories with a contemporary spin—realistic fiction about a modern quest or metaphorical “knight,” or fantasy fiction and sci-fi. We especially welcome twists on traditional character roles—a girl who pretends to be a boy to become a knight, or a bold youth who doesn’t want to be a knight like his father but aspires to be a court musician or jester. Exploring different cultures within this theme—such as a friendship between a Christian and a Muslim in Moorish Spain—can be especially rich. Humor, too, is always welcome. And remember: Here there be dragons!”

Spider is for children ages 6-9. Length: 300–1000 words.

Cricket is for children ages 9-14. Length: Most CRICKET stories are 1200–1800 words in length; however, we occasionally serialize compelling longer stories of up to 6,000 words.

Pay is up to $0.25/word.

Deadline: October 26, 2015

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