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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Writing a Middle Grade Novel/Call for Submissions

Let’s take a look at the latest trends, according to some editors. I’m not advocating writing to trends, since by the time your story is ready to submit, the trend may have passed. However, trends can indicate types of manuscripts that editors are looking for.

Here’s a peek:
Picture books are on the rise. This category had been flat for several years.
Chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels and new adult novels are selling well and have editors requesting manuscripts.
Humorous stories in all categories are a plus, as are realistic, contemporary stories.
Series continue to be popular.
Paranormal and dystopian have saturated the market so they are in less demand.
Horror stories are seeing a growth pattern.
Strong male protagonists in Young Adult are seeing an upsurge.
Historical fiction is in an upward swing.
Nonfiction in all areas of children’s lit is growing, possibly due to the Common Core, a program used by schools in which nonfiction books are utilized.
Remember, quality fiction and nonfiction transcend all trends.
Call for Submissions for Adult Writers:
The second annual short story contest from the Loudoun County [Virginia] Public Library is NOT limited to Loudoun County residents. No theme: Take part in our annual adult short story writing contest. For ages 19 & up. Stories can be inspired by real life, fantasies, mysteries, adventures, or even horror.” Cash prizes: $200/$100/$50 for the top three stories. Those winners and honorable mentions will receive a copy of the resulting book. No entry fee.
Deadline: August 11, 2014.
Submit your entry:
Submission Guidelines at


  1. Thanks for the call for submission. I will be checking that out.