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Monday, August 25, 2008


I know so many writers who used to be (or still are) teachers. This is a great market for you.

Mike and Daw, I know you guys must have a million stories for this market! It's a very tight deadline, so if you have something, send it in.

Brought to you by the people who publish the Cup of Comfort series. I found this at Anthology News and Reviews.

My First Year In The Classroom --to be published by Adams Media

Stephen D. Rogers, Editor: I am looking for fifty true, inspiring stories by teachers remembering their first year in the classroom. Stories should run between 850 and 1000 words, and will be organized along the lines of the school calendar, illustrating the learning curve experienced by new teachers.

- Facing the first day
- Meeting the students
- Surprising the students
- Bonding with faculty and staff
- Being surprised by the students
- Watching the students bloom
- Saying good-bye

From the hilariously obsessive/compulsive pre-class preparation of a rookie English professor to the poignant lesson one stalwart third grader and his peers teach their novice teacher about love and acceptance, this moving collection is sure to inspire new and veteran teachers alike. Stories should be emailed (inserted as a text file into the email or attached as a rich text file) here. The word "Submission" should be placed somewhere in the subject line. Please remember to include your full name and contact information both in your email and the story (if attached).

Payment: Writers will receive $100 for each accepted story as well as a complimentary copy of the anthology. I look forward to reading your submission.

Deadline: September 30, 2008


According to Colleen Lindsay, FinePrint has a new acquiring agent, Joanna Sampfel. Go here for FinePrints guidelines.

From Colleen's blog:

Here's what Joanna's looking for, in her own words:

Childrens: Chapter books to middle grade - covering any and all topics. If fantasy, it had better be very unique. Love a good school story, and always looking for humorous boy reads.

YA: contemporary to sci-fi and everything in between...again, if full-out fantasy, it had better be different.

Romance: historical, paranormal, multicultural

Other Adult: pop-culture, dark speculative fiction, narrative non-fiction having to do with environment, food, outdoors.

Not Interested In: mysteries, thrillers, heavy non-fiction, self-help, how-tos, hard sci-fi, hi-fantasy, memoirs, true crime, biography


Mike Keyton said...

Hi Maria,
thanks for the market tip on the school anthology. One question. The link marked 'here' leads to nowhere. Is it the same email address you have earlier, ie the link to the Editor's address?

Maria Zannini said...


Fixed it. Sorry.

Allie Boniface said...

Thanks for the link - as a teacher of about 12 years, this might be fun!

P.S. If you're still interested in a Writers' Wednesday interview at my blog, drop me a line, OK?

Maria Zannini said...

Hope you sell something to them, Allie.

I think we are on for an interview in September. I will send you the Word doc by Saturday. Thanks!