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To all of you with experience with Ladybug and Babybug Magazine...What is the difference with what they prefer in the way of poetry. I have a short 5 liner, and am not sure just which one to send it to. It is about a snail. :snail:
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#1 - April 04, 2005, 01:33 PM

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Babybug is really, really centered on Baby and Baby's World, if that helps.  They also have very specific guidelines regarding poetry.  You might check the website.

Anyway, from what I've read, if one can't use it, but they think it would work for another bug mag, they'll just pass it along.  And with these two mags, they have the same editor anyway.

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#2 - April 04, 2005, 01:42 PM
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Most Babybug poems are 30 words or less. I counted a bunch of them and the average was something like 20 words. There are NO similes or metaphors (especially metaphors) and the poem usually includes action.  Think of them as a "snapshot" of a single active moment in the list of a very young toddler or baby.

Ladybug will accept similes (though they don't run a lot of metaphors). The poem can be a little more "mood" oriented though it will nearly always have some kind of active element. They like humor (but then, so does Babybug). Five lines is much more likely to run in Ladybug than Babybug unless you lines are one and two words each.

And, as said, they do pass a good poem from one magazine to another. I sent a poem to Babybug and they ran it in Ladybug ...of course I also sent a nonfiction piece to Spider and they bought it for Cricket. And I sent a fiction piece for Spider and they printed it in Ladybug. My targeting per bug needs work ::)

Jan

#3 - April 05, 2005, 05:08 AM
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Question for those of you with experience - if a poem was rejected by Spider, would it be out of the question to submit it to Ladybug? I see now that the age targeting was a little off, and I believe the submissions editor is different for Baby and Lady than Spider. Are they liable to be unhappy about that kid of a followup sub, though?

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Joan
#4 - July 27, 2005, 11:04 AM

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Joan,

I've sent poems to Babybug only to have them accepted for Ladybug. I think if the editors think your work would be a good fit for the other Bugs, they often make an offer for the more appropriate magazine. Personally, I'd send them something else. Good luck!

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#5 - July 27, 2005, 11:45 AM
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Thanks, Andi!

Joan
#6 - July 28, 2005, 04:06 AM

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