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Jan/Feb 2016

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General Submission Guidelines

Ages 14+, teens and adults alike 

We accept general submissions via Submittable. 

   

CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Our readers are smart and curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes. CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues. 

Especially welcome: works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, genderqueer folks, and other marginalized peoples. Not welcome: cultural appropriation. 

Fav writers, YA and otherwise: Sarah McCarry, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherman Alexie, David Levithan, Daniel Jose Older, Holly Black, Kelly Link, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ntozake Shange, Anne Carson, Jacqueline Woodson, ZZ Packer, Angela Nissel, Sofia Samatar, Malory Ortberg, Saeed Jones, Octavia Butler, Andrea Gibson

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"There's room in the world for your dark weird truths." Associate editor Anna Neher on what Cicada wants.   

  

 

Creative Endeavors Contest: Witches

Ages 14-23 

We accept Creative Endeavors contest entries via Submittable. 

Let's all make a bunch of poetry and art about witches, yes? Yes! Send us something dark and strange, made of blood and moon and cauldron and flame. Finish by midnight on March 31, 2016. Check out our mood board here.

 

Comics Submissions

Cicada seeks talented artists who are making thoughtful (or flippant), beautiful (or unsettling), exuberant (or quiet) comics, zines, visual poems, sequential graphic narratives, or any other work in image and/or text. We commission original stories from a brief pitch, and give developmental feedback through the production process.

If you are interested in submitting, please email a short pitch/sketch(es) and a link to your online portfolio to cicada@cricketmedia.com. COMIC SUBMISSION should be the subject line of the email. If you have more than one pitch, please include them in the same email. Please DO NOT send final art. Please allow up to 3–6 months response time. 

 

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