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mavis posted this thread...
Jan. 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

not to sound like a jerk, but I have read some poems and writing... and they are BORING. and, predictably, about teenage love or mental health or coming-of-age or some other super dramatic emotionally-charged spew of words. which is fine and all, whatever, people should write about personal things...but honestly, it almost sickens me. I almost can't take it seriously.

lately i've been trying to enter contests and/or get published here and there, because probably it would look alright or kinda prestigious on college applications. I've been anonymously published in the magazine a half a dozen times or so, and I was thinking of putting  that on my application, as a sort of "accomplishment", but reading some of the other writing published, it just doesn't seem like much of an accomplishment...

when I apply, should I mention teen ink, or would that be ridiculous?

in general, what do you guys think?

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lilmartz replied...
Jan. 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

I think you should mention teen ink. For one, it's still an accomplishment and a publication either way. Also, it really doesn't hurt to put it down. You won't be losing anything, and who knows, maybe you will gain.

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Coffee replied...
Jan. 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I think a lot of people here have talent.

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Nick_Xao replied...
Jan. 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Hrm, not to sound rude,....but how did YOU get published? Your grammar and capitalization are abhorrent. I can't take you seriously.


See how that feels? Don't do that. You are being needlessly critical of other people's work; they deserve just as much recognition as you do. Don't get all preachy about what should and shouldn't be taken seriously, alright?


Being published anywhere is a high honor; that means they believe your work is of enough merit to warrant a permanent space either in print or online.


 If you think this is "worthy of mentioning on your illustrious application" go ahead. Nobody is forcing you to do it. 


One last tip; if you don't really want to be a writer, don't bother putting this on your application. The best way to screw yourself over is to do something "because it looks prestigious on college applications".


Finally, Coffee, I agree; there are many truly gifted and talented people on the site. *thumbs up* :)

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Loco-Lu replied...
Feb. 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

With an attitude like that, no one will take you seriously.


Not everybody is perfect. True, the publishers of teenink are looking for writers who stand out in some way, and individual style varies.

Don't bash writing, or what this site is promoting, because of a few careless people. Maybe they're justnot that good at writing. Don't criticize. It gets you nowhere in life.

That aside, you should mention the publishings you recieved in the other magazines, and that you've contributed to teenink, but make sure they don't think you were published in the magazine if you weren't. Honesty is appealing to employers/colleges, and if you word something wrong and they bother to look it up, they could misinterpret the error. :)

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Ninja_Kay1456 replied...
Feb. 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Honestly, just because you don't like some of the different styles of writing people have, it doesn't mean that you can bash on them like that.  A lot of the people on this site have extreme talent, and if you can't see that, then you shouldn't comment.  I don't mean to sound rude or anything, but it's true. And I totally agree with Nick_Xao.  I doubt very strongly that you like people being critical of your writing, how do you think it makes other people feel?  Maybe you should re-learn the golden rule if you're going to act that way.

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Loco-Lu replied...
Feb. 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Agreed. :)

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poisonwriter replied...
Feb. 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

sorry if some of the writtings are lame or boring or whatever. but this site is designed to help teens improe their writting skills! so if you read something you dont like that is what the comment button is for!! tell the writer why you dont like it and how they could improve on it!

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mavis replied...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

okay well maybe i'll clear up some things. there are some amazing, talented writers on this site/in the magazine, without a doubt. there is also alot of ubiquitous irritating teenage angst. i guess you have to expect both seeing that this is 'teen ink' magazine.  also i have indeed been published in this magazine 5ish times, under a few pennames. here's the thing- some of my old writing that was published (to my surprise...and dismay) was in fact overtly personal and angsty and gross. eh, whatever, sorry for even posting all of this in the first place. i won't apply to colleges for two years anyway, and by then i'm sure i'll have more interesting and personally valid accomplishments that could come in handy when applying. sorry if any of you took offense by me being arrogant. sorry i don't use accurate punctuation and capitalization. sorry about my attitude.

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Tobias replied...
Jun. 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Teen Ink is desgined for development in writing and in a way branching out. I'll admit there might be some articles on here that are angsty enough to get on my nerves, but that's why there is the wrinting form. Yes you should put it on a form. Being published period in anything is a honor, even here the article that standout the most are the onews that get to be acutally published-it shows you've had early expirence and was able to shape your style of writing. And any type of writing skill is vaulable for whatever you apply for.

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callie15 replied...
Jan. 8, 2012 at 1:25 am

Well, if you don't like Teen Ink so much, then why are you on it?

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babyrex4 replied...
Jan. 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

People on this site may not have good writing or whatever, but you can help them to make it better. But if you criticize them too much it could devastate them, so be careful what you say. How would you like it if someone told you your work sucked? It would probably devastate you.

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pulledheartstring replied...
Mar. 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I am new here (although I have been writing through tumblr), some writing I've read on here is sub-par, but I believe that all these writers here have reason and inspiration from somewhere to write certain things. And I haven't thought that far yet, but I doubt putting tumblr on my college resume would be necessary. So I guess that's one of the reasons that I'm here? In other words, you probably should mention teen ink as part of your accomplishments.
I do hope you believe that teen ink has helped you in some way or the other, and provided you a stepping stone in writing.

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RarelyJaded replied...
Mar. 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

^ hey, my names Callie too! :P.

alright, your already gettin' a lot of lip service, so I'll save you another barrage of negativity.

Chill, people!

Yes, you should list TI as an "accomplishment" ... I wish I could get published, but alas I haven't yet. Anyways, it wouldn't hurt anything if you did list this on your applications.

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