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roach
06-05-2012, 06:56 AM
Spellbound was a fantasy magazine for kids I ran years and years ago. We've been running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the first year's production and have just made our goal so I get to announce the guidelines now! :D

The short of it is: We'll be opening to submissions July 1, 2012 for the first issue (Rings & Other Magic Things for Winter 2012). Looking for short stories up to 2,500 words and poems and paying 2.5 cents / word and $10 for poems under 8 lines, $20 for poems 8 lines and over. (Updated.)

I've only had a chance to post the guidelines at the Kickstarter page (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1367572146/spellbound-magazine/posts). Official pages on the Eggplant website (http://www.eggplantproductions.com) will come later in the month.

We're super excited to get this publication off the ground again!

Debbie V
06-11-2012, 10:57 PM
Hi Roach,

Congratz on reaching your goal. I might have an appropriate poem or two. Let us know when your official website is up and I'll pass the info on to some colleagues.

I didn't notice a specific age group for the reader on the Kickstarter site. Do you have one in mind?

-Debbie

soulred
06-12-2012, 07:21 AM
I was also wondering about the age group you were looking for. I'm working on something I'd be interested in submitting, but I want to make sure it's appropriate.

roach
06-12-2012, 09:14 PM
Hello!

Spellbound will be for kids 8-12 years of age. The website will be updated in the next week with guidelines, etc.

DB Curtiss
06-14-2012, 09:59 PM
Good luck Roach. Looking forward to the new site.

Katrina S. Forest
06-14-2012, 10:22 PM
Don't have anything to submit at the moment but as a mom and big-time fantasy fan, I'll be keeping an eye on your magazine. :) I hope it sticks around a while, as my little guy is still too young for it.

onestepp
06-16-2012, 07:42 AM
Interesting magazine, maybe you'll get all the Harry Potter fans to enjoy your magazine.
Good Luck, and it's always nice to know when another market for children's literature comes along.

PEBKAC
06-21-2012, 09:59 AM
Congratulations! I'll have to see if I can come up with something fitting.

roach
07-04-2012, 09:37 PM
I'm just updating this thread with the promised link to the website guidelines (http://eggplantproductions.com/?page_id=656).

We're now reading for our first issue. :D

Debbie V
07-23-2012, 10:21 PM
Hi Roach,

I'm glad to see you are up and running. I just sent a poem. Do you have any idea of your response time? I'm assuming a few weeks after the reading period ends. Thank you for considering my work.

-Debbie

roach
07-24-2012, 08:24 AM
Hi Roach,

I'm glad to see you are up and running. I just sent a poem. Do you have any idea of your response time? I'm assuming a few weeks after the reading period ends. Thank you for considering my work.

-Debbie

Hi Debbie!

The response times are going to vary, I think. I know that our art director, Sam, has already gotten in touch with some authors. I have just tonight started reading fiction submissions. I'm not sure what Marcie (the poetry editor) is looking at for response times, though I remember from the last time around that she usually waited until the end of the reading period before passing on acceptances to me.

I think it's a safe bet to not expect responses until after the reading period ends.

roach
12-03-2012, 02:24 AM
Hey everyone!

I just wanted to give this a bump as we just released our first issue yesterday.

The reading/submission period for our Spring Issue (Changelings & Dopplegangers) is open till December 31.

Full guidelines are at http://eggplantproductions.com/general-guidelines/guidelines-for-spellbound-e-zine/.

L.C. Blackwell
12-03-2012, 12:12 PM
Thanks! I didn't see the posting the first time around, but this looks like fun. :)

Debbie V
12-03-2012, 11:44 PM
The first issue looks great - love the artwork and poetry. I haven't gotten to read the stories yet, but I will.

Bloo
12-04-2012, 12:32 AM
thanks for the bump, going to check this out, if not for me then for my frequent colaperator, who DOES write children's fantasy

roach
12-21-2012, 02:31 AM
And one last bump before the reading period ends. Marcie, the poetry editor, wants me to clarify what we mean by "changelings" She's been getting a lot of submissions about shape changers.

What we are looking for are stories and poems that touch upon changelings--as in the creatures left by the fae in place of a human child--and doppelgangers--as in a supernatural double of a living person.

Thanks and happy holidays!

roach
04-07-2013, 05:14 AM
Giving this thread another bump. We released our second issue last month and are now reading for the Fall 2013 issue. The theme is Creatures of the Deep, Dark Woods.

Guidelines are at: http://eggplantproductions.com/general-guidelines/guidelines-for-spellbound-e-zine/

WriterTrek
04-07-2013, 05:29 AM
Thanks for the heads up.

roach
06-03-2013, 06:49 PM
We launched the third issue of Spellbound (http://eggplantproductions.com/spellbound-magazine/spellbound-dragons/) over the weekend, so it's bump time again.

The reading period for Creatures of the Deep, Dark Woods ends June 30. Guidelines for poetry, fiction and art can be found here: http://eggplantproductions.com/general-guidelines/guidelines-for-spellbound-e-zine/.

I have updated the fiction guidelines slightly, highlighting what it is we'd really love to see and what we don't want to see in fiction submissions. Briefly:

What we’re especially interested in seeing:

Young protagonists and showing girls in “heroic” roles.
Non-Western European settings, characters and stories.
Minorities and differently-abled characters.
Stories where children protagonists have an active role in the story’s resolution.


What we’re not looking for:

Stories with morals.
No profanity.
Talking woodland creatures.
Stories that enforce gender stereotypes (i.e. girls do this/are this way, boys do that/are that way).


Thanks!

roach
07-19-2013, 12:11 AM
Another bump. The reading period for the winter 2013 issue: Giants is open. Guidelines, as always, can be found here: http://eggplantproductions.com/general-guidelines/guidelines-for-spellbound-e-zine/

A special note for poets, Marcie, our poetry editor, says she's been receiving more rhyming poems and would like to see more with a non-rhyming scheme.

Thanks!

bladestalker
07-20-2013, 06:26 AM
Looks very good. I just landed a bunch of large writing projects (yeah me) but might be able to get a couple of subissions in before year end.

onestepp
07-20-2013, 08:20 AM
Hope you're having fun reading my Giant poems even if they do rhyme. Like the artwork on the covers.

G.I. Jo
07-23-2013, 07:46 PM
So, I have a poem that I think would be a great fit. It's general fantasy, a la Shel Silverstien or Dr. Seuss, but I'm not sure how to submit. I mean, I have the e-mail address, and know to put the poem in the body of the e-mail (no attachments), but what other info do I include? Name and phone number? Anything else?
Sorry, I've never submitted anything before.

Thanx!

roach
07-23-2013, 08:21 PM
So, I have a poem that I think would be a great fit. It's general fantasy, a la Shel Silverstien or Dr. Seuss, but I'm not sure how to submit. I mean, I have the e-mail address, and know to put the poem in the body of the e-mail (no attachments), but what other info do I include? Name and phone number? Anything else?
Sorry, I've never submitted anything before.

Thanx!

Name, mailing address and e-mail address.

I'm going to point out that Marcie isn't looking for general fantasy themed poetry but poems that fit the theme we're reading for (this is true of fiction submissions as well). You might want to look at the upcoming themes and see if you poem fits any of them and then submit when that reading period opens.

G.I. Jo
07-24-2013, 05:47 AM
Thank you so much for getting back to me!

I saw that about the keeping to the theme, but what I have doesn't apply to any of them. It's mostly about imagination and what it can unlock.

Guess I'll just have to create new stuff! :)

roach
06-13-2014, 08:17 AM
Bumping this thread for three reasons:

1) We have moved Spellbound to its own website: spellboundzine.com (http://spellboundzine.com)
2) We're currently reading for the "Magical Cats" issue. The deadline is June 30.
3) We recently announced we're moving to a free subscription model come December. So if you like spectacular middle grade fiction, poetry and artwork, consider signing up (http://spellboundzine.com/mailing-list-sign/).

kobold
06-14-2014, 10:44 AM
Signed up and submission sent. Thank you for the update.

CarbunkleFlux
07-18-2014, 06:24 PM
I wanted to send a query about my submission, but I can't seem to find any query guidelines on your site. Do I just send my query to the same email as the submissions or is there a specific email address that you guys want it sent to? Also, is there a certain number of days preferred?

Velcro
07-24-2014, 07:48 PM
I'm working on a story for the "Elementals" theme in the Winter 2014 but the website says...

We are now reading for the Fall 2014 Issue: Magical Cats.

Please only send submissions for themes during their reading period. Sea Monster poems should only be sent when we are reading for that issue, etc.

But, then it says...

Winter 2014: Elementals: Reading/Submissions Period: July 1 – September 30, 2014

So I'm confuzzled...

CarbunkleFlux
08-10-2014, 10:06 PM
Spellbound is closed for submissions due to medical issues :(.
I guess that answers that.

Get well soon and I wish the best of luck to you on your future endeavors, roach.

Debbie V
08-11-2014, 11:03 PM
So sorry to hear this. It was a lovely publication. I hope all goes well and everyone gets well soon.