The first issue of Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off will be coming out this January/February (2008), according to Reading Today, which arrived at my apartment yesterday. I explored Launch Pad‘s Website and found the following information about student submissions:
Launch Pad invites submissions of creative works by young authors and illustrators, ages 6 through 12. All submissions must be previously unpublished and free of copyright. Launch Pad retains copyright for works published in its magazine, but we believe in flexible copyright options for authors and illustrators.
Launch Pad considers works of fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry, and book reviews for publication. Most of our published works will be less than 2000 words, but we will consider up to 2500 words. Written works will be judged on the basis of creativity, plot, setting and mood, characterization, and style. Preference will be given to imaginative works that appeal to other children. Parents and teachers are encouraged to help with spelling and suggestions for editing, but submissions should be the original work of children ages 6 through 12.
Young authors are encouraged to submit their work with illustrations. In some cases, Launch Pad
may choose to publish a story, but may choose a different artist to illustrate the story.
Please note: They accept artwork too.
VERY EXCITING!!!! Be sure to encourage your students to submit their writing to Launch Pad!