I never thought of myself as a struggling writer until I joined Teen Ink. I’ve been a member for 46 months, 29 days, 5 hours, and 22 minutes. For that entire time, I’ve submitted pieces to try to get published.
So far, no dice.
I’ve heard it’s an honor to get my work published on the Internet, but I’ve had my work on the Internet since I was 13. I’m 19 now; my time for this website isn’t long, and just once, I’d like to have something published in Teen Ink magazine.
I’ve read that only the best of the best gets picked for the magazine, but why can’t what I write be the best too? Why is it so incredibly difficult to get published in Teen Ink?
Editor’s response: Hali, if your goal was to see your name in print, sending us feedback is one of the fastest ways to achieve that goal. If your passion lies in fiction or poetry, then the competition is fierce, so yes, you need to be confident, have perseverance, and submit a lot of work. So thanks for sticking with it.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.