Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Is Your Story Submission-Ready? Find Out with "Rate Your Story!"

I recently discovered a great site I wanted to share with everyone. It's, and it's a great service for authors--plus it's FREE! They accept short stories (up to 2,000 words) and have a team of experienced writers who will read your story and rate it, providing a good indicator as to whether or not it's submission-ready.

If you'd like to have the story critiqued, they do provide that service too for a small fee. Rate Your Story is a great way to have another set of professional eyes look at your work. (Note: The site is currently closed to submissions but will open again soon, so familiarize yourself with their submissions guidelines and bookmark the site so you're ready to send them your story when they open up again!)

Also, check out my interview featured today on the site discussing a publication that currently is OPEN to submissions--knowonder! Read the interview here:

Happy Writing!

--KSR Writer

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

knowonder! Now Accepting Children's Chapter Book Submissions!

This week the children's publication knowonder! announced it is actively seeking submissions for children's chapter books!

"We are actively seeking imaginative, exciting, action-filled chapter book manuscripts for kids ages 7-9. These books are intended to be either read by kids themselves, or with an adult's help, so the story should keep a young child's attention and move quickly. Beginning level chapter books generally contain up to 10 short chapters. Examples include The Magic Treehouse series, Junie B. Jones, and Ivy and Bean.

Stories should be approximately 10,000-15,000 words in length and fall within a first to third grade reading level. (Please provide the readability statistics from Microsoft Word or another similar program.) Stories must be fiction but can be any genre—fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, adventure, historical fiction, etc.

Please submit a query letter and the first chapter of your work. Manuscripts should be double-spaced in a standard 12 point font such as Times New Roman. Allow up to 3 months to hear a response. We will contact you if we want to see the entire manuscript. Upon acceptance, you will receive a contract that explains in detail the terms of knowonder's royalty sharing program, which is competitive with industry standards. Chapter books will be published in both digital and print formats."

To submit, visit, or go to

Happy writing!!

--KSR Writer