What makes Soundings Review different from other magazines?
Just to confirm--you accept submissions from teens and adults?
What specific advice would you give to teen writers who would like to be published in Soundings Review?
What is the most common mistake or flaw that you see in submissions?
1) The piece is written for teens but from an adult perspective. I recently rejected a fine piece of writing that was about a teenager but written from the point of view of an adult. That is not young adult writing.
2) The quality simply isn’t there. Take the time to hone your craft. Proofread more than once, and get someone else to take a look at it. It can be difficult to edit your own work.
3) Illustrations. It costs lots of money to include illustrations, especially in color. Our budget usually won’t cover that.
4) The author talks down to children by being overly cute or clever, especially with picture books. In my opinion, picture books and books for the very young are the most difficult genres to write. Don’t even try it until you’ve read at least 200 quality picture books. Go to your local bookstore or talk to a librarian to get ideas.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Is your goal to sell your writing? There’s nothing wrong with that! Study the market, but write what you love. Your passion will show in your writing.
Good writers become better writers by reading craft books, by taking workshops and classes and working with other writers, and by writing as much as possible.
Writing friends--how do you find new markets to submit your work to?