For most of you who read these newsletters, your number-one question is probably "why haven't I been published?" Trust me, I sympathize: I'm an aspiring writer too, and I know just how hard it is to wait weeks, months or more to hear back from a publisher--only to get rejected. It's hard.
However, I was lucky enough to land a gig at Teen Ink, and I'm here this week with potentially the most important Teen Ink Weekly ever: the one that will get you published.
I'm going to tell you how to majorly increase your chances of publication in Teen Ink. First, I'd like to offer the most likely reason you might not have been published yet: you've been submitting poetry or fiction. Those two genres are exponentially more competitive than the others we publish, which means our editors have to wade through a zillion of them every day--so it can be hard to stand out. Another important factor to consider is how much you've proofread and polished your work. Typos and grammatical errors make editors wince, and they decrease the professionalism of your writing. Don't just run spell-check; instead, read your work carefully, aloud if you have to, and ask a friend to look it over before you submit it.
Okay, on to the good stuff. If you want to get published in Teen Ink, here's what you do: write college reviews and feedback. That's pretty much it. College reviews are one of the most helpful features of our magazine, and one of the only places where you can get honest opinions from other college-bound teens. We love publishing them, but we get hardly any submissions.
They're easy to write, too: short, fact-based, and simple. We're just looking for your honest opinion, mixed in with a few stats about tuition, the student body, and other basic information. Check out a few winners here--see? You can do it!
By submitting feedback, you can give a little love and encouragement (or criticism; everyone needs that, too) to your favorite contributors. Write down your reactions to anything you read or saw in the latest issue(s) and send them to us as soon as possible! We love hearing what you think, and we publish many letters to the editor in every issue.
Maybe they're not as exciting for you to write as is love poetry, but trust me: we read love poetry every day. Heck, every minute. We'll be very excited to get your college reviews and feedback.
Trust me, if you're looking to get published in Teen Ink, this is absolutely the best way to get started. No need to thank me--I'll just be happy (and a little jealous) to see your name in print.