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 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: Friendly Hauntings

Ages 14-23 

We accept Creative Endeavors contest entries via Submittable. 

What friendly ghosts are hanging around you? And what are they whispering in your ear? Transcribe their words, let them guide your brush strokes, or go old school Victorian and capture them on film. We want to know who’s haunting you and what they have to say! See the official rules 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 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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