Paper Lanterns is a new literary journal, founded in 2020. With 4 printed issues a year, this journal is a platform to promote the voices of young people in Ireland and across the world, this journal provides new and exciting content for a teen and young adult audience. Featuring teenage writers as well as YA authors, it is also perfect for enthusiasts of teen and YA literature, from teachers and librarians, to parents and youth workers.
The journal is divided into three sections. Our Creative Writing section showcases work from talented teens, as well as work from adult writers of teen and YA literature, tied in with beautiful artwork and photography. The Features and Articles section includes unique essays on trends in the YA literary scene and insights from YA authors. You can expect some exciting interviews from authors and literature enthusiasts. Our Reviews section offers an insight into the latest books for teens and young adults, from readers younger and older.
What to expect from Issue Five:
- An interview with bestselling YA author of The Gravity of Us and As Far As You’ll Take Me, Phil Stamper.
- An interview with Ella Diamond Kahn and Bryony Woods, founders of DKW literary agency.
- YA author Ananda Devi and translator Jeffrey Zuckerman share some thoughts on the process of writing and translating stories for young adults.
- Reading advocate, Sarah Fitzgerald talks us through the books that are important to her in “My Life in Books”.
- Creative writing from teens and adults exploring LGBTQ+ issues, fantasy, romance, summer adventures and more!
- Book reviews of The Crooked Mask, Full Term, What Love Looks Like and many more!
Art and features submissions are open year-round and submissions for poetry, flash fiction and short stories for issue 6 are now open but will close July 4th. We accept submissions from anyone over the age of 13. Details can be found on the Paper Lanterns website.