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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I don’t want my child’s personal information published on the Launch Pad web site.
A: Launch Pad has an “About the Author or Illustrator” web page for each young author and illustrator. What goes on that page is up to the author or illustrator, and their parent or guardian. We do not publish any personal information without signed consent from an adult (parent or guardian). Some of of authors use pen names, some use their first name only, while others feel comfortable using their full name. It is fun for our readers to read about our talented authors and illustrators, including their age, where they live, and a little bit about them, but our authors’ and illustrators’ privacy and safety is number one in importance.

Q: I submitted something to Launch Pad a long time ago, and I haven’t heard back yet.
A: Launch Pad gets a large volume of submissions, and unfortunately at this time we are unable to get back to every child who submits. If you don’t hear from us within a couple months, your submission wasn’t a great fit for Launch Pad. Keep writing or illustrating! Also check out our Writing Tips and Art Tips to help, and see the other FAQs.

Q: Do you accept submissions from adults?
A: No, we only consider work by kids ages 6 – 14.

Q: Why do you retain copyrights for the work?
A: We ask that the authors and illustrators grant Launch Pad copyrights, so that we may publish the works in future publications and on web sites and in other formats. However, we are flexible with our agreements and willing to accommodate our authors and illustrators as well as possible.

Q: Is there anything that will help me get accepted?
A: Many of our submissions are almost good enough- kids should have a teacher or a parent carefully read their writing or look at their artwork before submitting, and then consider any suggestions to make it better. Often, there are events in stories that don’t make sense, and having someone read it and make suggestions always helps! Even professional authors have lots of people read their work and make suggestions. Launch Pad also has Writing Tips and Art Tips to help.

Q: Is there anything you won’t consider?
A: We do not consider work that is based on TV episodes or video games, and we do not publish work that is violent or crude. Reading Launch Pad stories, poetry, and other pieces, should provide you with and idea of what we do accept.

Q: Is there a word limit?
A: 1500 words or fewer works best for our readers’ ages, and for our young illustrators who are assigned the works to illustrate.

Q: Why does the color look different when I download the pdf?
A: The file viewer used to display the pieces of work on our website creates an image as the preview- using fewer colors than the real file. For the highest quality results, click on the download link under the file viewer.

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  1. sach

    cAN i PUBLISH A STORY ABOUT ALIENS

  2. Arpita

    Would you publish work that is handwritten or does it have to be typed? Also, can the author have her own illustrations in the work?

  3. Paul Kelsey

    Hi Jenny, Launch Pad is online only. Thanks for reading!

  4. Jenny W.

    Is LaunchPad actually a paper magazine, or just online?

  5. Paul Kelsey

    We usually match up a writer with an illustrator of around the same age. The illustrations are a surprise for the author, and authors and illustrators usually don’t know each other. Part of the fun of Launch Pad is talented kids from different backgrounds collaborating on something together and finding common ground.

  6. Altagracia

    The stories and illustrations are beautiful. I noticed that the authors and illustrators come from different places. How are the writing and illustrators match up? Does the writer have a say of the illustration or chose an illustrator? This is great to form friendships and connections with the work they all done.

  7. Paul Kelsey

    You’re welcome… good luck!

  8. Altagracia

    Thank you so much for the information on Merlyn’s Pen for inspiring teenage authors and illustrators.

  9. Paul Kelsey

    Thank you for the comments, Altagracia. We aren’t planning to expand our age range, but check out Merlyn’s Pen at http://www.merlynspen.org/us/ if you’re looking for a website that publishes writing by teens.

  10. Altagracia

    This is a wonderful online magazine for young readers for all the wonderful reasons you reply on the comment to one reader: “The benefits of being published on the web site include being matched with another young author or illustrator, having a worldwide audience for your work, being recognized in a selective, widely-recognized web site, and receiving feedback on your work from our readers.” I hope you will expand your age requirement to 15-18, Launch Pad for Teens perhaps?, so many could receive the same wonderful benefits. One other thing: I don’t know if you see it or realized this, but this online magazine helps a young writer to grow, expand, and enhance their writing skills. I read the question by Catherine P. in regards to having a story published in three parts, one part at a time and realized this child is growing, her work is growing like Louisa May Alcott’s and Jane Austen’s works. Wow… definitely worth considering…benefits both the writer and publishers.

  11. Paul Kelsey

    There isn’t a limit on the number of submissions one person can send.

  12. Anonymous

    How many submissions can we send?

  13. Paul Kelsey

    Catherine, We would prefer it if you submitted to one place at a time. And although we have never done a piece in parts, we’d love to read it, and would be happy to consider it. Thanks for visiting.

  14. Catherine P

    Two questions.Can I submit my work elsewhere? And, could I get a story published in three parts, one part at a time?

  15. Paul Kelsey

    Hi Thomas, Launch Pad does not pay its authors and illustrators. The benefits of being published on the web site include being matched with another young author or illustrator, having a worldwide audience for your work, being recognized in a selective, widely-recognized web site, and receiving feedback on your work from our readers. Thanks for reading Launch Pad!

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