Posted by: nancyisanders | October 21, 2009

The Periodical Challenge

Every year in October for the past few years, my one critique group has hosted the Periodical Challenge. During this month, these daring individuals target the magazine publisher of the dreams! Then we write an article and submit it and watch and wait to see what happens.

The first year I participated in this, I decided I wanted to try to land an acceptance with Boy’s Life. So I wrote a story and submitted it. What did I have to lose? I didn’t mind the rejection letter too much–after all, I had set my sites high.

The next year, my dream periodical was none other than the Smithsonian! I studied their magazines and followed their submissions guidelines, but once again…rejection. But this challenge isn’t necessarily about getting an acceptance…taking the Periodical Challenge is all about reaching for the stars, aiming for the top, and actually giving it a try.

The third year I took the Periodical Challenge, I decided that my “dream” was to land a column in the very first writer’s magazine I ever read when I wanted to be a writer. So I wrote an article and submitted it to The Writer. Only this time, I didn’t get a rejection letter! The Writer offered me the opportunity to write a column for children in their online magazine at http://www.writermag.com. Wahoooo!

And that is how I came to be a columnist for the magazine of my dreams! I dared to dream and took the Periodical Challenge.

If you’d like to s-t-r-e-t-c-h and target the magazine of your dreams this year, come along and join the fun! To find out more about the Periodical Challenge, visit the website of my critique group, CHAIRS.


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