Today I’m going to talk briefly about something super exciting I’ve been working on! I’ve always wanted to start my own literary magazine, and I finally decided to run with my ideas and try to get it off the ground. It’s for teens, by teens, so there are age limits– we accept submissions from youth ages 13-19 and we accept staff applications from high school and college students. If you’re interested in learning more about the magazine, keep on reading!
Here’s the mission statement from our website: We seek to bridge the gap between literary work and the current state of our world. We would love to see writing that tackles serious topics that affect youth today, including but not limited to social justice, mental health, and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to amplify the underrepresented youth voice, and be at the intersection of imagination and reality. This is an interactive publication, and we want pieces published here to open up a conversation.
Additionally, I had the idea to work on a special project called the Redefine Rejection Project. Rejection is a huge part of life, and it especially comes through as a hard punch in the literary world. It’s so gut-wrenching when you pour your heart into a piece and it gets rejected from a contest or publication, but it doesn’t define you or your work. That’s why I wanted to highlight work that people have had rejected.
Here’s the description of the project from our website: We want to start a conversation about rejection in the literary world. Feel free to share a favorite line (or multiple) from a piece of yours that’s been rejected from a contest or publication. These will be shared on our social media accounts and on a special section of our website. You may choose whether you would like to be acknowledged or you would like the line(s) to be recognized anonymously. Rejection doesn’t define us, but we can redefine rejection.
If you’re interested in submitting to the magazine, please use this form or check out our website to find the same form there.
If you’re interested in applying to be on our staff, please use this form or check out our website to find the same form there.
If you’re interested in submitting a line or a few lines of your work to the Redefine Rejection Project but not submitting to the actual magazine, please use this form or check out our website to find the same form there.
If you have any questions, please message me or leave them in the comments so I can address them! I would love for you guys to check out the magazine. You can also check us out at @intersectionslitmag on Instagram, and we’ll probably make a Twitter account soon. Thank you so much for your support on this blog– it’s one of the main reasons I thought taking on another project like this would be possible 🙂