Submit Work: General Submissions

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

Fav writers: Bennett Madison, Sarah McCarry, Leopoldine Core, Jose Olivarez, Sofia Samatar, Erica Lorraine Scheidt, David Levithan, Sherman Alexie, Hilary Smith, Nnedi Okorafor, Andrea Gibson, Daniel José Older, 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: Furies

Ages 14+, teens and adults alike 

We accept "Furies" Submissions via Submittable

From The Eumenides to Riot Grrrl, righteous fury's a fierce presence in the arts. Cicada YA lit/comics mag is looking for works on vigilante superheroes, avenging deities, and brassed off teens. Works on claiming anger & owning its strength: especially encouraged! Send us manifestoes, calls to arms, zines, comics, poetry, fic, and essays on FURIES by February 27.  


Call for Creative Endeavors: Glamour

Ages 14-23 

We accept Creative Endeavors entries via Submittable

Glamour is an enchantment, a glow of specialness, mystique, and allure. Gast glamour’s spell on us! Writers and artists ages 14-23, send us poetry and art on glamour! Contest opens February 2, 2015, and closes March 31, 2015. Visit our Submittable page to enter the contest! 

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