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Musings 1.2, Metamorphosis: Submissions

Be sure to read all guidelines carefully before submitting; submissions that do not follow these guidelines will automatically not be considered for publication.

Teen writers and artists — want to get published? Submissions for our in-house literary zine Musings are open now! If you’re a writer or artist between the ages of 13-19, local to the Hampton Roads area, we want your work! We accept submissions of prose, poetry, and comics, as well as visual art and photography. Guidelines for each genre are below. The theme for this issue is METAMORPHOSISyou may follow this as literally or as loosely as you’d like. 

The deadline for submissions is June 23, 2023. Fill out the form below to submit. You may submit once in each category; please fill out the form separately for each submission. Please only submit work that has not been published before. We hope to see your work soon!


*Submissions are read blind. Please do NOT include name or any identifying information in the submission document itself, including the title. Title should be formatted as NameOfPiece_Genre. For example, a short story called “Ghost Stations” should be titled GhostStations_Fiction.

Please include a short bio (nothing fancy, just a sentence or two about yourself!) written in third-person.

All prose submissions (fiction and nonfiction) must be a maximum of 1500 words; 750 words or under is preferred. File types accepted: .doc, .docx

Poetry: You may submit up to three poems, each 35 lines or fewer. Submit all poems in one document and start each poem on a new page. File types accepted: .doc, .docx

Comics: Submit a high-quality (min. file size 1.5 mb), vertically oriented image of your comic, up to 6 panels. Panels must fit on one half-letter page (5.5 x 8.5 in). Please note, comics will be printed in color. File types accepted: .png, .jpeg, .jpg

Visual art and photography: Submit a high-quality image (min. file size 1.5 mb) of your art. Please note that dimensions may need to be modified in order to fit the format of the page. Art will not be printed in color. File types accepted: .png, .jpeg, .jpg 

We want your work — don’t let technological difficulties get in the way! If the embedded form does not accept your submission, please make sure that your file is one of the accepted file types for your genre. If problems continue, please email your submission to with the subject title Musings Submission. In the body, include all the information the form asks for and attach your submission. 

Please only submit to one category at a time.
If you are submitting multiple poems, enter the name of each poem separated by a slash.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Please be sure to follow all submission guidelines; submissions that do not adhere to length, formatting, or content guidelines will not be considered. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY IDENTIFYING INFO. If you are submitting to multiple categories you must fill out a separate form for each entry; do not upload more than one entry here. If you are having trouble uploading a file, please try switching web browsers; Firefox and Chrome are best. If the issue persists, email your submission as an attachment to and include relevant info in the body of the email.