A Word From Garrison Keilor

Posted: August 9, 2010 in Writing/Publishing

It is safe to say that Garison Keilor (host of A Prairie Home Companion) knows a little something about writing. So pull up a chair for about 2 minutes, click the link, and see what he has to say about the craft of writing.

Garrison Keilor Clip

And here is another fellow, like him or hate him, with some rock solid advice for anyone who wants to write.

Stephen King Clip

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Today’s Market: Boy’s Life

1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079

BOYS’ LIFE is a general-interest, four-color monthly, circulation 1.1 million, published by the Boy Scouts
of America since 1911. We buy first-time rights for original, unpublished material.

NONFICTION. Major articles run 500 to 1,500 words; payment is $400 to $1,500. Subject matter is
broad. We cover everything from professional sports to American history to how to pack a canoe. A look
at a current list of the BSA’s more than 100 merit badge pamphlets gives an idea of the wide range of
subjects possible. Even better, look at a year’s worth of recent issues. Find the magazine in libraries and
in BSA council offices. Query Senior Editor Paula Murphey.

Departments run up to 600 words; payment is $100 to $400. Department headings are science, nature,
earth, health, sports, space and aviation, cars, computers, entertainment, pets, history, music—and
others. Each issue uses seven departments, on average. We also have back-of-the-book how-to features.

Query Associate Editor Brad Riddell.

FICTION. Our short stories are assignment-only. Please do not query or send manuscripts. Unsolicited
manuscripts will be returned unread.

STYLE. All articles for BOYS’ LIFE must interest and entertain boys ages 6 to 18. Write for a boy you
know who is 12. Our readers demand crisp, punchy writing in relatively short, straightforward sentences.
The editors demand well-reported articles that demonstrate high standards of journalism. We follow The
New York Times “Manual of Style and Usage.”

We receive approximately 40 queries and unsolicited nonfiction manuscripts per week. Because of our
high standards, all of our articles are commissioned; thus, unsolicited nonfiction manuscripts rarely are
appropriate for publication and regrettably must be returned unread.

Please query by mail (with SASE), not by e-mail or phone.

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