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: Mutiny

Ages 14+, teens and adults alike 

We accept Mutiny Submissions via Submittable

Mutiny is an inflection point, the pivot from submission to rebellion. Sailors aren't the only mutineers. School, family, career, and social norms; the rules of sports, music, or structured verse: anywhere there's an established order of things, that order can chafe. And it can crack. 

Cicada YA lit/comics magazine seeks works about (or written in) revolt. Send poetry, fic, comics, essays, satire, sea chanteys, and more on MUTINY. Deadline: April 30. 


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. Cast 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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