Did you know that Cricket Media posts manuscript calls with deadlines? I didn’t have a clue until a friend forwarded a call from Ladybug to me. What can I say? On a good day, I learn something new. There are only two deadlines for their various magazines at the moment and you’ll have to get moving to catch the first one. But it is doable if you have a piece ready to go — you send your work in via Submittable so it is more-or-less instantaneous.
Cicada call for submission: Visions of the Future
Deadline: February 7, 2016
“The future. Things could get worse.* Or better. Or maybe just different and more deeply weird. Cicada YA lit/comics mag wants sci-fi adventures, utopian schemes, and dystopian thought experiments. Also: tell us how you would change your school, your community, social structures. Especially welcome: works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folks, genderqueer folks, and other marginalized peoples. Submit poetry, fiction, nonfic, comics pitches, and blueprints for your Mars base.
“* Worst case scenarios we’re secretly pumped about: Zombie hordes. Space pirates. Internet brain chips (or like…eyeball implants???). Robot overlords. Ape overlords. Alien overlords. Teen lit mag overlords (HEY, IT COULD HAPPEN).”
Ladybug call for submission: Adventure
Deadline: March 23, 2016
“Ladybug is looking for remarkable tales to thrill very young children. For this audience, an exciting story could explore an experience as common as starting out at a new childcare center or as wild as setting sail in a magical ship. Wherever your sense of adventure takes you, we are interested in simple yet strong plots, memorable characters, lively language, and humor.”
Check out the complete guidelines for these two magazines and the other magazines in the group here and, as always, good luck!