Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 10, 2010

Funz For Kids Magazine

I talked with Laurie Wallmark today and she received an e-mail today from Fun For Kidz, saying they would like to publish her article titled The Sound of Freedom. That story was written from a first page prompt at the NJSCBWI Writer’s Retreat last year. She is proof that I wasn’t lying when I said earlier in the week, that a lot of these prompts have gone on to publication.

Soon I will be announcing a new feature on this blog. Betsy Devany will be contributing a prompt once a week. We hope that writers who read this blog will challenge themselves to write at least a first page using the prompt. It doesn’t matter whether you think it is good. If not, throw it away. It will help you in the writing process and maybe, just maybe you will develop it into a book or maybe just like it the way it is and submit it to a magazine. That’s what Laurie did.   

Here is one of their kids magazine looking for articles.

Magazine for Boys Seeks Fiction, Nonfiction

Boys’ Quest is published six times a year, for boys ages 6-13 (with readers ages 8-10 being the target age). Looking for material that fits the issue’s theme and deals with timeless topics such as pets, nature,hobbies, science, sports, games and careers.

Fiction (about 500 words) should feature lively writing from a 10-year-old boy’s viewpoint, with the boy or boys directly involved in an activity that is both wholesome and unusual.

Nonfiction (200-500 words) that is accompanied by clear photos with high resolution is more likely to be accepted. Also looking for puzzles, poems, cooking, carpentry projects, jokes, and riddles.

Pays a minimum of five cents a word for both fiction and nonfiction, with additional payment given if the piece is accompanied by appropriate photos or art. Pays a minimum of $10 per poem or puzzle, with variable rates offered for games, carpentry projects, etc. Buys first American and serial rights; pays upon publication.Authors can view sample articles at

A list of current open themes can be found at .

Email entire manuscript to  Please Include in both the subject line and body of email which issue your submission is intended for.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. It’s always so nice to hear stuff like this, Kathy. Nice going, Laurie! 🙂


  2. Congrats Laurie! Why do I feel like there’s an echo in here? Isn’t this like, number 3? In one year?!
    Obviously I have lost count.

    Kathy I love the prompt idea for the blog. I read Betsy’s 1st page that your prompt generated—great first page Betsy!
    These kinds of exercises keep the pump primed for me, like David Harrison’s Word of the Month poems.

    Looking forward . . .


  3. Congratulations, Laurie!!! And thanks again, Kathy, for sharing all this good news!!!!!


  4. Congratulations Laurie! I’ve sold two articles for Fun For Kidz in the past — Marilyn (the editor) was very nice to work with.

    Looking forward to Betsy’s prompts — great idea!


  5. Good news for Laurie and wonderful news for the rest of us (your prompts addition). I look forward to the challenge.


  6. Woo hoo, Laurie!!!! You deserve it!
    It was great fun working from the prompt at the retreat. Hmmm, maybe I should continue with my adopted Chinese dragon.


  7. Congrats! I am so excited for you. Enjoy the moments.


  8. Great! Congrats.!


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