(From the BOYS' QUEST Submission Guidelines page)
A Word at the Outset
Every BOYS' QUEST contributor must remember we publish only six issues a year, which means our editorial needs are extremely limited.
It is obvious that we must reject far more contributions that we accept, no matter how outstanding they may seem to you or to us.
With that said, we would point out that BOYS' QUEST is a magazine created for boys from 6 to 13 years, with youngsters 8, 9, and 10 the specific target age.
Our point of view is that every young boy deserves the right to be a young boy for a number of years before he becomes a young adult.
As a result, BOYS' QUEST looks for articles, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that deal with timeless topics, such as pets, nature, hobbies, science, games, sports, careers, simple cooking, and anything else likely to interest a 10-year-old boy. Each issue revolves around a theme.
We are looking for lively writing, most of it from a 10-year-old boy¹s point of view, with the boy or boys directly involved in an activity that is both wholesome and unusual. We need nonfiction with photos and fiction stories around 500 words, as well as puzzles, poems, cooking, carpentry projects, jokes, and riddles.
Nonfiction pieces that are accompanied by clear photos with high resolution are far more likely to be accepted than those that need illustrations.
The ideal length of a BOYS' QUEST piece, for nonfiction or fiction, is 500 words.
We will entertain simultaneous submissions as long as that fact is noted on the manuscript. Submissions should be double-spaced.
We will pay 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. We will pay a minimum of $10 per poem or puzzle, with variable rates offered for games, carpentry projects, etc.
BOYS' QUEST buys first American serial rights and pays upon publication. It welcomes the contributions of both published and unpublished writers. We reserve the right to publish all material from the magazine on our website as a sample of the magazine. This is for display only on a limited time basis. Contributors will be compensated whenever their work is published to generate revenue and not strictly for exposure.
Sample copies can be purchased for $6.00 within the US, $8.00 for Canada and $10.50 for all other countries. All payment must be in US funds. A complimentary copy will be sent to each writer who has contributed to a given issue.
We use a number of photos, printed in black and white, inside the magazine. These photos support the articles. Payment is $5 per photo.
Most art will be by assignment, in support of features used. The magazine is anxious to find artists capable of illustrating stories and features and welcomes copies of sample work, which will remain on file. Our work inside is pen and ink. We pay $35 for a full page and $25 for a partial page.
There's One More Thing
BOYS' QUEST is the companion to HOPSCOTCH magazine, and like HOPSCOTCH, the issues each revolve around a theme. We often choose new themes as the result of a submission, on a topic we haven't covered. We work far into the future. If you don't receive a quick response on your submission, it means we are holding it and giving it serious consideration. We strive to treat all of our contributors and their work with respect and fairness.
Email manuscripts to "submissions AT funforkidz DOT com". It is important to include in the subject and body of the e-mail message which of the open issues your story is intended for.