Today's Tune: Unlike Me
~Update 11/11/2012 - Soundings Review added~
Okay. As you may have gathered by now, I write young adult fiction. When I started on my journey toward "serious" publication, I did all the typical research. Including that bit about trying to get a few short pieces published in literary journals and magazines, both to prove dedication to your craft and to show potential agents/editors that other professionals in the industry think your work is worth publishing.
I quickly discovered a problem, though. After looking around quite a bit, I found that magazines and journals directed toward adult writers of YA literature are sort of hard to come by. There are many options for adult fiction, and quite a few available options for young (under 23) writers. Unfortunately, if you're over the age of 23, it becomes more difficult to find outlets for writing aimed at teenagers.
But I was determined. I kept looking. I sorted through Duotrope's Digest and other publishing guides, determined to find short story and flash fiction publishing options for YA authors. And I did. And now I'm going to share them with you :)
These are mostly magazines that are on a paying scale, which means they're pro or semi-pro. Some of them don't pay, but are still of a high quality. I'm going to list the magazine/journal along with a link, the age group it's aimed at, and a short description. Hopefully you'll find this information helpful!
AIM (America's Intercultural Magazine) - Aimed at high-school aged kids. Interested in creating a world without racial and religious prejudice; want stories showing races in equal light. Looking for stories, articles & poems up to 4000 words.
Boy's Life - Aimed at boys 8 to 18 years old. Boy Scouts of America magazine; wants "crisp, punchy writing." Interested in stories up to 1500 words. *Update - No longer taking unsolicited manuscripts.
Calliope - Aimed at ages 9 to 14. Looking for theme-based world history and retold legends. Interested in fiction up to 800 words.
Cicada - Aimed at ages 14 and up. Literary magazine for teens and young adults. Interested in short stories, poems and novellas up to 5000 words.
Cobblestone - Aimed at ages 8 to 14. Looking for theme-based history and retold legends. Fiction and poetry up to 800 words.
College Bound - Aimed at high school students. Wants college preparatory articles and stories; light-hearted and fun. Articles, advice and experiences.
Cricket - Aimed at ages 9 to 14. Literary magazine for preteens and early teens. Interested in fiction and poetry up to 2000 words.
Crow Toes Quarterly - Aimed at ages 9 to 13. Looking for dark, creepy, witty literature for children & preteens. Considered a "creepy version of Cricket." Interested in fiction and poetry up to 3000 words.
Faces - Aimed at ages 8 to 14. Theme-based magazine focusing on world cultures. Encourages viewing the world from different perspectives. Interested in articles, stories and folk tales based on this theme. Takes fiction up to 800 words.
Hunger Mountain -Takes pieces for all age groups, but has a special section for YA and Children's Lit. Literary journal looking for "polished pieces that entertain, that show the range of adolescent experience, and that are compelling, creative…" Takes short stories, poetry, novel/novella excerpts, and creative nonfiction.
Listen Magazine - Aimed at teenagers. Discusses drug-free possibilities for teens. Takes narratives up to 1200 words.
Lunch Ticket - Antioch University Los Angeles's literary magazine. They publish fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young adult literature, and art. Accept YA stories and flash fiction up to 5,000 words.
New Moon - Aimed at ages 8-12. Portrays women and girls as powerful, active, and in charge of their lives. Interested in fiction and non-fiction.
Odyssey - Aimed at ages 10-16. Scientific writing. Looking for scientific accuracy, lively approaches to subject, and the inclusion of primary reasearch. Themed. Interested in fiction up to 1000 words.
One Teen Story - A subset of One Story, Inc., a literary magazine that publishes one short story a month. Submissions are only open for a certain amount of time every year.
Read - Aimed at ages 10-16. Literary magazine intended for schools. High interest to teens. Looking for short stories and novel excerpts.
Scape - Exclusively online magazine dedicated to speculative YA. All submissions must have a speculative element. Takes poetry, art, reviews, and fiction pieces.
Seventeen - Aimed at ages 13 to 21. Beauty, fashion, entertainment, guys, health and teen issues. Accepts occasional issue fiction pieces up to 3500 words.
Soundings Review - A bi-annual publication in conjunction with the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program, publishes poetry, fiction, children/young adult, and prose, including essays and interviews.
Sucker - Aimed at young adults (teens). Fledgling online-only literary magazine associated with Pine Manor College. Currently seeking YA fiction ONLY. Accepts fiction pieces up to 10,000 words.
Suddenly Lost in Words - A new literary magazine offering professional payment (5 cents a word) for YA short stories of up to 3000 words. Because it is so new, it may take a little time to get the feel for it and make sure it's going to flourish.
Twist - Aimed at ages 14 to 19. Teen mag capturing the "energy, attitudes, and interests of young women." Interested in articles and input from teenagers.
YARN - Young Adult Review Network. Accepts YA poetry, essays up to 3000 words, and fiction up to 6000 words. Also accepts photography.
As a rule, you should always conduct your own research into a magazine or journal's submission requirements before submitting, as they may change from what I have listed here.
I'd like to eventually make this into a master literary journal/magazine list for YA writers, so if you know of more, please leave them in comments and I'll add them!