- If you are in middle school or high school we want to hear from you.
- We accept personal essays, flash memoir, flash fiction, and short stories up to 1000 words.
- We accept poetry up to 20 lines.
- Include a cover letter that tells us something about you, including your age or grade. (This will help us evaluate your work.) Please include your name. If you’d rather us not use your whole name or you want to write under a pen name, please share that with us as well.
- All work must be your own. We do not accept previously published work.
- We encourage diverse perspectives and welcome submissions from previously underrepresented voices.
- We love submissions from around the world, provided they are written in English.
- We do not tolerate writing that is offensive or hurtful in any way. Avoid all racist, homophobic, and sexist language.
- Please send all submissions to email@example.com.
- Please paste your work into the body of your email.
- In the subject line, please write “submission” and which ever genre you are submitting (such as poetry or prose).
- Before submitting, please proofread your work. It would be advantageous to have a teacher or parent read your work before submitting it.
- In submitting, you are granting us permission to publish your work on our website. (However, we are unable to accept all pieces for publication.)
- Once published, all rights revert back to the author. If you publish it elsewhere at a later date, please credit us for publishing it first.
- If you would like us to critique your prose (personal essays, flash memoir, flash fiction, short stories — up to 1000 words) and offer feedback, we offer that service. If you revise an essay or story that we have critiqued and then submit it for publication, it will not guarantee that we will publish it, but it may increase your chances of having it published. (In order to have us critique your work, please submit a fee of $15.00 through PayPal — link below — and then send your work and a brief cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- We are unable at this time to pay authors. However, if we do publish your work you get bragging rights, a chance to show off your accomplishment to friends, family, and teachers.
Note On Not Getting Work Accepted
Not everyone who submits will be published. It simply isn’t possible. But if we do not accept your work, that is not necessarily a commentary on the quality of your ability. All writers experience doubt and fear. Am I good enough? We ask ourselves that question all the time. But the only person who can answer that question is you. Writing is extremely subjective. Just because we like one piece more than another doesn’t mean it’s better. It just means it appealed more to a particular person on a specific day. If we don’t accept your work, keep writing, keep submitting — if we don’t accept one piece, that doesn’t mean we won’t want something different. You can also send your work in for a critique. Yes, getting published is wonderful but victories are often sweetest after we’ve been knocked down a few times.