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Submissions Call: Paper Lanterns Journal

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Submissions deadline: 21st January 2020

Paper Lanterns is a YA journal for writers, artists, dreamers, and doers. This is a space for the underrepresented voices and a platform for publishing and promoting young writers and artists so they are seen and heard.
We also make space for those who were once young adults to submit their work! Those who proudly and loudly represent young voices in today’s world.

We are a magazine for writers, readers, and artists. Whether you want to submit your own work or just want feel part of the Paper Lanterns’ community and book club, there is plenty of room for you here.

Submissions guidelines

There are five categories we invite you to submit to: short stories, poetry, features, visual art and reviews. You can find the submission guidelines below. Please be sure to adhere to these guidelines carefully, or your submission will not be considered.

We aim to pay our contributors a small fee for their work. You must be 13+ years old to submit. Please indicate which age category you fall under at the time of submission:

13 – 15 years old
16 – 18 years old
18+ years old

You are welcome to submit to several / all categories outlined, you are not restricted to submitting in one category. We ask you send all enquiries for different categories in separate emails.

We will consider work that has been published on personal blogs / websites, but we ask you to notify us if this is the case. We will not accept work that has been published elsewhere.

Submissions after the deadline will not be considered.

We will be in touch regarding your submission after the deadline has closed.

You are welcome to send simultaneous submissions, but we ask you to notify us immediately if your submission has been accepted elsewhere.

Submissions can be on any topic, the Paper Lanterns journal does not implement a theme or prompt for each issue. Our only criteria is that your submission is written for a teen and young adult audience.

While we are very open to the content of the submissions, we will not accept any pieces that are oppressive in nature. We will not accept pieces that include, but are not limited to, sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or classist content.

Should your submission be successful, we reserve the right to make minor edits to your work to comply with our style guide. All edits will be brought to the attention to the author prior to publication.

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please feel free to ask at paperlanternsjournal@gmail.com

Short Stories

Maximum word count: 2000 words

We will accept a maximum of two short stories per submission period.

Please format your submission as follows:

Microsoft Word document
Font size 12
Type in Calibri or Times New Roman
Experimental typography is permitted if it serves a purpose in the story
Do not include your name in the document.
Each short story should be in a separate document.

Please send your submission as follows:

Email to paperlanternsjournal@gmail.com
Include the following in your email header: “YOUR NAME” – “Short Story Submission” – “TITLE OF YOUR SHORT STORY / STORIES”
In the body of the email, please include a bio of no more than 150 words.
In the body of the email, please include the title of each short story and its word-count
Attach the Word Document to the email and title it as the name of your short story. Do not include your name in the document title.
Please indicate which of the following age category you fall under:
13 to 15 years
16 to 18 years
18+ years

Flash Fiction

Maximum word count: 400 words

We will accept a maximum of three samples per submission period

Please format your submission as follows:

Microsoft Word document.
Font size 12.
Type in Calibri or Times New Roman.
Experimental typography is permitted if it serves a purpose in the story
Do not include your name in the document.
Each poem should be in a separate document.

Please send your submission as follows:

Email to paperlanternsjournal@gmail.com
Include the following in your email header: “YOUR NAME” – “Flash Fiction Submission” – “TITLE OF YOUR FLASH FICTION”.
In the body of the email, please include a bio of no more than 150 words.
In the body of the email, please include the title of your flash ficiton and the word count.
Attach the Word Document to the email and title it as the name of your short story. Do not include your name in the document title.
Please indicate which of the following age category you fall under:
13 to 15 years
16 to 18 years
18+ years

Poetry

Maximum word count: 40 lines

We will accept a maximum of three poems per submission period.

Please format your submission as follows:

Microsoft Word document.
Font size 12.
Type in Calibri or Times New Roman.
Experimental typography is permitted if it serves a purpose in the poem.
Do not include your name in the document.
Each poem should be in a separate document.

Please send your submission as follows:

Email to paperlanternsjournal@gmail.com
Include the following in your email header: “YOUR NAME” – “Poetry Submission” – “TITLE OF YOUR POEM / POEMS”.
In the body of the email, please include a bio of no more than 150 words.
In the body of the email, please include the title of each poem and its line-count.
Attach the Word Document to the email and title it as the name of your short story. Do not include your name in the document title.
Please indicate which of the following age category you fall under:
13 to 15 years
16 to 18 years
18+ years

Features

For the features section, we will accept proposals for content. Please do not send completed features.

The maximum word count for proposals: 500 words.

The maximum word count for accepted proposals and confirmed features: 2000 words.

We will accept a maximum of two proposals per submission period.

For our features section, we are looking for articles on all things teen and young adult literature, though we are open to extending content on film, theatre and art. They can be anything from news updates, interviews, event reviews, etc. We are very open to the content and style of such features.

In your proposal we expect the following details:

A summary of what will be included in the article.
Why it is relevant to a teen and young adult audience.

Your proposal will be reviewed by the team at Paper Lanterns. If your proposal is successful, you will be working with the team when researching / writing the article.

Please format your proposal as follows:

Microsoft Word document
Font size 12
Type in Calibri or Times New Roman
Do not include your name in the document.
Each proposal should be in a separate document.

Please send your proposal as follows:

Email to paperlanternsjournal@gmail.com
Include the following in your email header: “YOUR NAME” – “Features Proposal” – “TITLE OF YOUR PROPOSAL”
In the body of the email, please include a bio of no more than 150 words.
In the body of the email, please include the title of each proposal and its word-count
Attach the Word Document to the email and title it as the name of your proposal. Do not include your name in the document title.
Please indicate which of the following age category you fall under:
13 to 15 years
16 to 18 years
18+ years

Visual Art

We will accept a maximum of three samples of visual art per submission period.

Visual art includes, but is not limited to:

Photography
Illustrations
Videography / filmmaking (for online content only)
Design
Craft

You are welcome to submit visual art in one of two ways

Sending three examples of completed work

OR

Sending your online portfolio (website / blog / social media platform) to be considered for commission.

Please send your submission as follows:

Email to paperlanternsjournal@gmail.com
Include the following in your email header: “YOUR NAME” – “Visual Art” – “TITLE OF YOUR VISUAL ARTS (though this is not applicable for portfolio work)”.
In the body of the email, please include a bio of no more than 150 words.
In the body of the email, please include a description of your work.
Attach a JPG / PNG / link to your work. Please ensure all submissions are high res quality.
Please indicate which of the following age category you fall under:
13 to 15 years
16 to 18 years
18+ years

Reviews

We are looking for teenagers, young adults and adults to become reviewers for the journal.

We will be reviewing different books in each issue, as well as producing a book club.

To be considered as one of our reviewers, all you must do is the following

Email to paperlanternsjournal@gmail.com
Include the following in your email header: “YOUR NAME” – “Reviews”
In the body of the email, please include a bio of no more than 150 words.
In the body of the email, please include a description of the type of books you enjoy.
Please indicate which of the following age category you fall under:
13 to 15 years
16 to 18 years
18+ years

See here for further information.