Submit Work: General Submissions

General Submission Guidelines

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 dark humor and Viking jokes.) Our readers are smart and curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes. 

Fav writers, YA and otherwise: Bennett Madison, Sarah McCarry, Leopoldine Core, J. Hope Stein, Jose Olivarez, Sofia Samatar, Erica Lorraine Scheidt, David Levithan, Sherman Alexie, Hilary Smith, Nnedi Okorafor, Teju Cole, Anne Boyer, Malory Ortberg. @cicadamagazine / 

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


Call for Submissions: Crush

Deadline: January 15, 2014

A crush is an itch. An agitation. An impulse. We have romantic crushes, friend crushes, brain crushes, even food crushes; we crush on slam poets, celeb scientists, pumpkin spice, that jacket, those boots, that shade of lipstick. A fantasy world can be the object of a crush (steampunk, anybody?). 

Look at it sidelong, and a crush is trivial: "it's just a crush." But infatuation is perilous. It can kill your cool and short your brain: we'll do mad things in pursuit of a crush. Flirt and you open a door. And there's no knowing what will happen next.  

Send us poetry, fiction, essay, satire, and comics on CRUSH at Submittable. Include the word "crush" in front of your title to be considered.


Call for Creative Endeavors: Animals

We accept Creative Endeavors entries via Submittable

Ages 14-23

Send us your finest poetry & art on animals by Jan. 31, 2015. Visit our Submittable page to enter the contest! 

Cover art Art (c) 2014 by Hellen Jo. Deer art (c) Shutterstock.