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>I meant that about the pencils

>Yesterday’s announcement re the September 2008 special issue (“School”) has already reeled in its first submission, and yes, all of you are Called even while I can’t speak to who is Chosen until I’ve seen what ya got.

Since I’m devoting this month to cranking out prose I thought I might give you the chance to do the same. The Horn Book Magazine is always on the lookout for good features and columns. Next month, for example, in our special issue “Boys and Girls,” we’ll be publishing several people I met via blogging, Gail Gauthier, Lisa Yee, and Mitali Perkins among them. It could be you.

While we are set for book reviewers right now, there’s always room for a good column or article or letter to the editor. (I’ve already told you about Cadenzas.) Here is the submission policy:

How do I submit an article for The Horn Book Magazine?
Articles submitted should be of a critical nature on some aspect of children’s literature and should be no longer than 2800 words in length. Potential contributors are advised to have a solid familiarity with The Horn Book Magazine before submitting manuscripts. Please allow four months for a decision about acceptance. Payment is received upon publication. The magazine does not publish fiction, nor does it publish work by children. To submit an article send hard copy or disk to The Horn Book, Inc., 56 Roland Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02129.

In the upcoming days I will be posting advice re the various idiosyncrasies of our columns, and our likes and dislikes in articles (rule no. 1: no term papers) but in the meantime leave your general questions here.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. rindawriter says:

    >Is it too specific to inquire about say a short list of possible “hot” topics” for future issues?

    I thought that would help everyone out who might want to write for HB.

    Although it seems we have had a few “fires” and water pails and sand throwing around in the HB sandbox already!

    An article does sound an awfully grown up thing to do. I am not sure that I am grown up enough yet to try for a Hornbook article…it’s been SO much fun playing in the Hornbook sandbox…..eeeh! What if, down the road, years later, when I’ve grown up and learned a lot more, I changed my opinion but there would be my old opinion firmly engraved in the Hornbook archives forever, and I couldn’t change it…and then it would sit there and HAUNT me late at night…whereas in the sandbox, I can “mess things up a bit day to day and never look perfect or stuck in a rut to anyone…and plus, I could just STAY a happy, self-indulgent reader not a writer with big opinions for which I could possibly become famous in grownup land…Plus the COPY EDITING I would have to do to look good in a article to the grownups at the Hornbook…

    Hmm, I have to think about all of this….but thanks, Roger, for letting me play here! Hope a short list of topics helps out future HB’s.

  2. Anonymous says:

    >surely the blog provides enough opportunity for “self-expression” –do you really want this sort of stuff in the magazine?

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