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Forde-Ferrier is looking for writers to contribute reading passages and math problems for curriculum material. Items needed include—
suitable for grades 1-8
fiction (including multicultural), nonfiction (including multicultural), cross-curriculum
suitable for grades 1-8
concepts, operations, problem solving
Writing Passages & Questions
suitable for grades 4 & 7
suitable for grades 5 & 8
Guidelines for Submission
- Submissions may include a variety of genre (see descriptions at the bottom of this page)
- All submissions must be grade/age appropriate in content. Prior to submitting a manuscript, the writer will confer with an editor from Forde-Ferrier regarding the company’s current content needs.
- All submissions must be grade/age appropriate in length (see below).
- All submissions must meet the customary standards of effective writing (e.g., clarity, correctness).
- Submissions should reflect a positive and “upbeat” tone.
- Submissions should be free of bias and inappropriate/offensive (e.g., vulgar, sexist) language.
- Submissions should be made via CD, with manuscript(s) saved in text-only format.
- Submission should include one (1) hard copy of manuscript(s), along with the author’s contact information. Each hard copy should include a word count and suggested grade level.
Note: There may be exceptions to the suggested word counts (e.g., poetry). Writer should consult with an editor for direction and approval before submitting a manuscript that does not meet the suggested word count.
- Upon acceptance of his/her manuscript(s), the writer will receive a contract from Forde-Ferrier
- Payment is made on a predetermined per-word basis. The writer receives full payment after returning the signed contract to Forde-Ferrier
- Upon acceptance and payment, the manuscript becomes the sole property of Forde-Ferrier
Note: Promising manuscripts may be returned to the author for revision. After revising, the author may re-submit the manuscript for further consideration. We must request only a single submission of your manuscript and résumé.
No phone calls or status inquiries please.
Submit writing samples of passages and/or math problems along with a current résumé to:
Forde-Ferrier is an equal opportunity employer.
Appropriate Genre for Reading Passages
Stories of individuals who have made a positive contribution to their community/world; emphasis on individuals who represent various cultures/parts of the world; subjects should be seen as positive role models
Clear, informative pieces that teach students how to complete a particular process; emphasis on practical activities that will interest students; may include graphs, charts, and diagrams when appropriate
Personal reflections on both the mundane events of daily life and current/past social issues; emphasis on conversational tone and age-appropriateness; humorous selections encouraged
Engaging stories that reflect the interests and concerns of students; emphasis on well-crafted stories that include plot, characterization, etc.; may include retelling of folk tales, myths, etc.
Informative, interesting selections that present accurate information about the topography, vegetation, wildlife, climate, natural resources, etc., of various regions of the world; emphasis on selections that give a complete picture of an area; may include graphs, charts, and diagrams when appropriate
Informative, interesting selections that describe and explain key events from the past; emphasis on material that leads students to a deeper understanding of different people from different parts of the world; may include graphs, charts, and diagrams when appropriate
Informative, positive selections that focus on the achievements and interests of every-day people; emphasis on overcoming obstacles, reaching important goals, contributing to the community, etc.
Engaging poems that will interest and entertain young readers; emphasis on use of poetic devices (e.g., imagery, rhythm, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor)
Informative, interesting selections from any branch of science; emphasis on material that will engage students in scientific thinking and/or encourage future investigation of ideas; may include graphs, charts, and diagrams when appropriate
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