My poem The Haunted School is published in this month’s Writer’s News, part of Writing Magazine. I wrote it especially for their children’s poetry competition; the first line just popped into my head and that dictated the theme and the rhyme for the rest. I have decided to plough the second place prize money back into my writing and will be putting it towards a critique at some point in the future. For now I will continue carrying my magazine around and pushing it into people’s faces. “Look! It’s me!”
I spotted in this month’s Writers’ News (published with Writing Magazine, March 2012) that the children’s publisher Tamarind are looking for submissions directly from writers. Tamarind are part of Random House and their ethos is to redress the imbalance in children’s publishing in terms of ethnicity. The main characters of their books are black, Asian or mixed heritage but the subject of the book should be something that all children can relate to. Have a read of their submissions guidelines to find out more; they are particularly interested in mystery, sci-fi and fantasy. You can submit by post or email and should send a covering letter/email, the first three chapters and the synopsis. They also accept picture books that again should fit their ethos, and they also ask that you do not send stories with animals as the main characters. You should also not send illustrations with your picture book. Have a look at the main website to get a feel for their style.