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Simple Literature Call for Submissions

Write a short story for our “Kids in U.S. History” and “Kids in World History” series

Do you have a story about your ancestors that was passed down through the generations? Write it down.

Simple Literature is accepting stories about kids (ages 5 to 12), who participated in a significant moment in U.S. or world history. That would include unique immigration stories, underground railroad stories, gold rush stories, and any significant event in history.

Write your story in second person, using the structure in the example below. You only have 480 to 525 words to tell your story, and these words must be broken into eight sections. At the end of each section, there must be a teaser to the next section. So only capture one true story and not a person’s whole life.

These stories will be put in various curricula and then could be compiled into a book for children to use to learn more about history through the eyes of kids just like them.

All stories are submitted on-spec, which means that you understand that Simple Literature can accept or reject the story. The authors of stories accepted are paid $10. When submitting a story, please include your contact information (name, address, phone, and email).

If you’d like an example of this short story emailed to you, ask for a KIUSH story sample in the form below. You can also use the form below to submit a story.

Submit a "What Will You Do?" Story About a Significant Person in History

Kids enjoy reading about famous, historical characters. We make the experience more fun by creating stories where they get to choose its directions.

To write a story for the “What Will You Do?” series, create a story about a famous person. Use second person and mimic the structure of the example story. The story should be approximately 480 to 525 words in length.

But don’t tell about a famous person’s whole life. Instead pick a story that details an important event in the person’s life or that shows how the person was significant in U.S. or world history. We’ve already created stories about Rosa Parks, Daniel (in the Bible), Bethany Hamilton, Jamie Vardy, Phillis Wheatley, David and Goliath, and the events of the Christmas Story.

These stories will be put in various curricula and then could be compiled into a book for children.

All stories are submitted on-spec, which means that you understand that Simple Literature can accept or reject the story. The authors of stories accepted are paid $10. When submitting a story, please include your contact information (name, address, phone, and email).

If you’d like an example of a successfully submitted story, ask for it through the form below. Request the WWYD example. Or if you’ve written your story, you can also submit it using the form below.

Submit your stories using the form below.

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Submit your stories using this form:

1. The form looks like it can’t hold much. But it can! Copy and paste your story into the form. Don’t worry about the format. 

2. Don’t forget to include your contact information (name, address, telephone number, and email).

3. Make sure you tell whether this story is real and from your family or has been put together using research.

4. If you are requesting an example story, make sure you tell which example story you want to see. 

5. Simple Literature will respond within six weeks if we’re interested in pursuing this story with you. If you haven’t heard from us in six weeks, than we were unable to use your story. We thank you and wish you well on submitting your story elsewhere.