Eduland is a short story project for the China ELT market. You write short fiction texts for young learners, add a few comprehension questions (guidance given), do one round of edits (typically), and get paid!
Currently, the short stories are part of a series involving a fictional family called the Jollys. Full road maps and character profiles are provided along with writing templates, topics to avoid, and plenty of other guidance.
Stories should be between 400-2500 words. Submissions are paid at 7 US cents per word.
How did I get involved in Eduland?
I imagine everyone who has ‘ELT’, ‘writer’, or similar terms in their LinkedIn profile has heard of this one. The Eduland team have been in touch with lots of my LinkedIn contacts.
The speculative nature of the contact might be a turn off for some. I took a punt on it a while back just because it sounded interesting and fun.
I had a video call with the guy who ran things (David Li), and one of the editors/group leads. They seemed friendly and professional, and the guidance was clear. I wrote a few stories, the process was straightforward, and I was paid promptly. They’ve been receptive to feedback on the project, and communication has been fine.
The platform you upload the stories to is a bit clunky although it’s not too tough to navigate. The editing process was painless, and there’s minimal requirement to grade the content as that is dealt with in-house.
The writing side of things was enjoyable. Lots of freedom and creativity involved. I read the character profiles and suggested topics, then just went for it. Wrote stories involving family members getting bee stings, seeing the Perseids Shower, tying knots, visiting yard sales… Honestly, pretty much anything goes.
There are a few old job ads online that suggest you need to write a certain amount of stories per month for this project. That’s not the case – I chipped in as and when I could, very ad hoc. They seemed fine with that.
Ha, writing stories has highlighted to me just how bad my punctuation is – feedback on that has been useful.
If you want a nice writing project to supplement your teaching income, and get something new down on your CV, Eduland is worth looking into. The project is likely to run for a while (estimated at least a year longer!) so there’s regular income available for teachers struggling as a result of COVID. Don’t be deterred by the ‘7 cents’ thing – word counts increase quickly when it comes to stories and you’re in the flow.
Hunt down David Li on LinkedIn if you’re interested.
*Disclaimer – this review is subjective, I can’t vouch for others who have been involved in the project. Maybe see comments on this post for other experiences.*
*Note – experiences of projects can change! This was written March 2021. See below in case of updates!*