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The Blue Guitar Jr. Staff
Editor : Rebecca Dyer
Publisher: Elena Thornton
Editor: Richard H. Dyer Jr.
Artwork for front, back covers: Marjory Boyer
A Call to Writers and Artists for the annual Blue Guitar Jr.
Open to children and teens who write and create art and to adults who write and create art for children and teens. The Blue Guitar Jr. magazine seeks literary and art submissions for its next annual issue for children and teens. Submissions from children and teens and from adults who create works for children and teens are sought by Oct. 1, 2023, in all literary genres — fiction, poetry, plays, creative nonfiction — and in all visual art media — including but not limited to painting, sketching, sculpture, multimedia, ceramics. All work must be geared to appeal to youthful audiences. Writers and artists must submit original work and must live in Arizona. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but the writer or artist must notify the magazine as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere. It is free to submit, and submissions may be made in multiple genres. Please include your name and the best way to contact you on your submission. Writers, please attach Word documents or paste your works within the body of your email; please do not send PDFs. Artists are encouraged to submit up to 5 images of work by e-mail; please provide high-resolution JPEGs of 300 dpi. Images must be identified in the e-mail with the artist’s name and contact information, titles of works, dates and mediums. To submit or for further information on literary works, e-mail Editor Rebecca Dyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit or for further information on artworks, e-mail Editor Richard Dyer at email@example.com. For more information, visit www.theblueguitarmagazine.org.
It is with great excitement and honor Arizona Consortium for the Arts announces the inaugural issue of The Blue Guitar Jr. Magazine!
click here to read the inaugural issue of The Blue Guitar Jr. magazine.
The Winners' Circle of the Children’s Fiction Writers’ Contest.
First place for young writers 10 and younger:
Meena Venkataramanan — "Time for Change"
First place for young writers 11 and older
Mira Takamura — "Franco"
First place for adults writing for children:
A.L. Means — "A Change of Scene"
First place for poetry for children
Victoria Turnipseed — "A Sniff of Sadie's Magic," poem for children
Children’s Fiction Writing Contest
This contest is open to writers residing in Arizona
All submissions must be appropriate for children
5000 words or less
Poetry or Short Stories with or without illustrations
Multiple submissions are acceptable
Submissions must be:
Double spaced (except for poetry)
12 point Times New Roman font
Pages must be numbered
Title should appear in header on right side
Do not put name on pages
Include a cover page with your name, email, mailing address and phone number along with the title of the story and the age group for which you are writing.
If you are under the age of 18 please include your age on the cover sheet for the “by children” portion of the contest.
Ages Groups are 3-5, 6-8, 8-10, 10-12, 12+
Make sure you keep a copy of your story, do not send originals they will not be returned.
Submissions will be judged on originality, writing and professionalism so send your best work.
There is no entry fee.
Winners will be announced February 28, 2010 on the Arizona Consortium of the Arts website artizona.org
Winners will be published in the first issue of the Blue Guitar Jr. an online magazine and will receive an award certificate.