This Issue

July/August 2016

Hail, Cicada Readers!

Let's be real: we at CicadaHQ are VERY excited about the future. (SPACE PIRATES. How does this issue have no space pirates??? What is the point of being YA media moguls if y'all aren't going to inundate us in thinly veiled Firefly fanfic? That's realy all we have to say [except P.S. it's Anna's last issue, she adores you all and wishes you many wonderful things and thanks you for your passion, enthusiasm, and trust, and for letting her publish a bunch of stuff about Vikings and robots.]) Enjoy our Visions of the Future issue! Yours truly, Team Cicada.

In This Issue: Fiction by Jonathan Huston, Debbie Urbanski, and A. Merc Rustad. Poetry by Alice Yanhong Lu, Amy Galloway, Daniel Blokh, and Kush Thompson. Humor by Jaya Saxena and Roman Muradov. Art and comics by Sophie Goldstein, Sophia Foster-Dimino, and Corinne Mucha. Plus, an essay by slam poet Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre!

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Art © 2016 by Sophie Goldstein


This Issue Excerpts

  • a runner's map of the moon

    by Alice Yanhong Lu


    "we will sprint up the bright highlands / and forget to breathe."

  • Essay Prompts from 3016

    by Jaya Saxena

    "This essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic. " 

  • Future Tense

    by Sophia Foster-Dimino


    Sneak preview of Sophia Foster-Dimino's short comic about two friends stressing/de-stressing about their futures.


  • Artist Allies: Kokab Zohoori-Dossa

    " is my hope that one day I can write and tell the stories I would have
    liked to read growing up. Stories of adventure and fantasy and the
    future, where Black people play a large role, that take into account our
    stories, cultures, and histories."

  • Cicada Census: What is Your Relationship with Your Computer?

    You and your computer have known each other for, what, five years by now? Wait, seven years? Wow. Looks like things are getting serious. Are you guys, like, talking about the future?

  • Comics Crush

    Anna Bongiovanni reviews comics by Joamette Gil, Aud Koch, Whit Taylor, and LeLand Goodman.

  • Submit to Cicada

    The new Call for Creative Endeavors theme is After the End (contest open to ages 14-23)!

  • Writer's Manifesto: "On Writing and Spaceships"

    by Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre


    "The reason that I'm not a nihilist / is someday, I want to live like in Star Trek."