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Musings 1.1, Beginnings: Zine Submissions

Update: Deadline extended to July 7th!

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

Calling all youth students of The Muse! This summer, we’re publishing the first volume of our new literary zine, Musings, to showcase the work of our youth students.* If you’re a young writer between the ages of 13-19 who’s ever taken a class or attended an event with The Muse, we want to see your writing in print! We’re accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and comics. We are also looking for visual art or photography to feature on the front cover. The theme for this issue is beginningsyou may follow this as literally or as loosely as you’d like. 

*Note: if you are a teen writer who is not yet affiliated with The Muse but would still like to submit, join our Discord server! This is both a good place to meet (and write with) fellow teens AND will qualify you to submit to Musings.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2022. Fill out the form below to submit. You may submit once in each category; please fill out the form separately for each submission. We hope to see your writing soon!



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

Fiction/Prose: Submissions 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 one page, up to 6 panels. Please note, comics will be printed in black and white. File types accepted: .png, .jpeg, .jpg

Featured Cover Image: Submit a vertically oriented image of your art. Image must be high quality — at least 300 DPI or 1600 x 2500 px. Please note that dimensions may need to be modified in order to fit the cover format, and that the image will be printed in black and white. File types accepted: .png, .jpeg, .jpg  

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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.