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November/December 2016

Cicada challenges our talented and creative readers to answer the Call for Creative Endeavors. For the current theme and rules, cast your wondering eyes below. The Arbiters of Creative Endeavors will choose a few selections to run in upcoming issues of Cicada. Fame if not fortune is at your fingertips!

General Submission Guidelines

Ages 14+, teens and adults alike 

We accept general submissions via Submittable. 


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. 

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

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

@cicadamagazine / 

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



Creative Endeavors Contest: Shape Shifters

Ages 14-23 

We accept Creative Endeavors contest entries via Submittable. 

Would you turn into something with claws? Something with feathers? Another person? Something that isn't an animal at all? Send us poetry and art about shape shifters by November 30, 2016 at midnight.


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 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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