Although I’ve never tried to break into ASK magazine, this theme is pretty tempting. The current theme is “making stuff.” This is what the editors of ASK have to say:
“Long ago, people made everything they needed. Why not give it a try?
“Pioneer skills; living history town or farm; 3d printers; how to make soap, cloth, other item; Plastic from milk; DIY cell phone; Makerspaces; making stuff from recycled material.”
ASK is part of the Cricket group. They don’t want completed articles but queries. The editors are looking for feature articles (1200-1600 words); the occasional photo essay (400-600 words); humor (200-400 words); short pieces on rofiles of people, inventions, events, or art (200-400 words); and experiments that match the theme.
If, like me, you haven’t written for this magazine, be prepared to include a writing sample of 200 unedited words on any nonfiction topic.
Final copy must be scientifically correct and you will have to include a bibliography.
Interested? Check out their complete guidelines here.
Another publisher is now open to online submissions.
Recently Carus created an online form
for submitting material to the Bug mags (Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, Cicada)
and also to ASK
. In addition to the submission form, there are also links to the appropriate guidelines with the ASK
guidelines including themes.
You have to register to take advantage of this opportunity but it will also give you the ability to verify the status of your submission. What a load off a busy writer’s mind!
Why not take a look through their guidelines and then check out your files to see what you could slip through the ether to an interested publisher?
Special thanks to Jan Fields for bringing this opportunity to my attention.