SQF: Why did you start this magazine?
RL: Partly for fun, partly as an experiment, and partly as a potential business. If the site becomes popular, there are a number of different ways we could develop it. We love the way the internet creates new opportunities, and would love to see a great new resource for kids and writers alike.
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a story and why?
RL: Narrative arc. Must have a beginning, middle and end. The stories we are interested in need to be under 750 words, and very tight because they get narrated online. Essentially, they need to read as 3-panel cartoon strips. The stronger the pay-off at the end, the better.
SQF: What are the top three reasons a story is rejected, other than not fitting into your answers to question one and why?
- Confusing narrative.
- Bad spelling & syntax.
- Weak (or absent) ending.
SQF: What is it about the characters in a story that makes them pop off the page and grab hold of you?
RL: This is a very simple equation: Kids need to be able to relate to them.
SQF: Will you publish a story an author posted on a personal blog?
RL: We publish stories that are submitted to our site. Whether they are also published on personal blogs is irrelevant.
SQF: What one question on this topic do you wish I'd asked that I didn't? And how would you answer it?
Thank you, Lisa & Ralph. We all appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.
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