Open Call: Work-for-Hire Authors [High Interest/Low Reading Level]

Darby Creek call for submission high interest low reading level

By Amy Fitzgerald, Editor 

“Everyone has that struggle subject in school,” says Darby Creek editor Mandi Janikowski.

“For me, it was math. I didn’t get it, didn’t care about it, didn’t want to learn more about it. So while reading has never been a problem for me, I can imagine how struggling and reluctant readers must feel when it’s time to pick out a book in school. That’s what makes working with the Darby Creek imprint one of my favorite things about my job.”

I feel the same way. The main goal of Darby Creek is to create books that appeal to struggling and reluctant readers, giving them an enjoyable reading experience that encourages them to pick up another book.

We’re constantly looking to bring new voices to Darby Creek.

Are you an author looking to expand your portfolio or hone your writing skills? Do you write high-interest, low reading level fiction for teens? Darby Creek may be the imprint for you!

If you’re interested in writing for this imprint on a work-for-hire basis, you can submit your resume and a writing sample to darbycreeksubmissions@lernerbooks.com. Writing samples should be 3–5 pages long, double spaced, and written at a fourth grade reading level with school-appropriate content aimed at teen readers.

Many of our Darby Creek series are genre fiction. This includes paranormal and supernatural, sports fiction, mysteries, and science fiction. If you have any experience in writing for these (or other) genres, feel free to specify so in your resume.

We especially encourage applications from members of groups currently underrepresented in publishing, including but not limited to African American, American Indian, Asian American, Latinx, and Middle-Eastern American writers; LGBTQA+ writers; and writers with disabilities.

This open call for submissions begins today, July 28, and will last until August 31, 2017.

We cannot guarantee a reply to every submission. Click here for more information about Darby Creek and its series.

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