There has been a little confusion in the past about whether or not Compulsion Reads accepts middle-grade fiction. So, let’s make like a mirror and get clear:
Compulsion Reads DOES Accept Middle-Grade Fiction
In fact, Leslie and I love receiving middle-grade fiction submissions and getting to know middle-grade fiction authors. For me, reading middle-grade fiction takes me back to my own childhood when my reading addiction was just beginning thanks to the likes of The Giver, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley High, and Animorphs.
There’s been just a tad bit of confusion in the past, because we do not accept children’s books for evaluation. We have absolutely nothing against children’s book (Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham will always have a near and dear place in my heart). It’s just that our evaluation standards focus on things like well-developed characters and strong plotlines, which picture books written for young children just don’t have.
Anyhoo, middle-grade fiction books DO comply with those standards, so if you’ve written a great middle-grade book, show us what you’ve got.
In fact, we’ve recently endorsed three wonderful new middle-grade books, In A Pocket of Time by Helen Matthews and Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook and Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task, both by Mark Simon Smith. All three of these books are extremely creative and delightful and would make a great addition to any pre-teen’s bookshelf.
So, I hope that clarifies the issue. Send us some middle-grade fiction. Pile it on. Back up a dump-truck filled with middle-grade books onto our doorstep (actually, how about Leslie’s doorstep.) We can’t wait to read it!