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Submission Guidelines
General Guidelines
  • All submissions of writing and artwork will be considered for publication in our monthly print magazine and on TeenInk.com, and are also automatically entered into any relevant contests.
  • Teen Ink has no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please submit it at least two months ahead.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to be a TeenInk.com user and be published in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Requesting anonymity. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, please check the anonymous box when submitting your work. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.
  • All materials submitted become the property of Teen Ink. By submitting your work to us, you are giving Teen Ink and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to Teen Ink retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Teen Ink is copyrighted by the Young Authors Foundation, Inc.
  • Plagiarism. Teen Ink has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. We check the originality of all published work through WriteCheck.
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Submitting Written Work
  • Writing may be edited and we reserve the right to publish our edited version without your prior approval. We may not print your name on sensitive personal articles, and in rare cases we may change names to protect individuals’ identities.
  • Most written pieces contain fewer than 2,500 words. (Novels, however, can be from 2,500 to 100,000 words.)
  • Be sure to also read our general guidelines before you submit.
  • Plagiarism. Teen Ink has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. We check the originality of all work through WriteCheck.

If you have any questions about submitting written work, e-mail us at editor@teenink.com.

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Submitting Art and Photos
  • Original work. Submit only your original work. Do not submit a version of someone else’s work or a drawing of a copyrighted character (like Spider-Man, Wolverine, or anime characters).
  • Be sure to read our general guidelines before you submit.

If you have any questions about submitting artwork or photos, e-mail us at editor@teenink.com.

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Submitting Videos
  • Videos should be no longer than six minutes.
  • At this time, we are only accepting videos that have already been uploaded to YouTube.
  • Videos must be original contributions. No copyrighted material.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to submit videos to TeenInk.com.

If you have any questions about submitting videos, e-mail us at editor@teenink.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if I get published?
If you are published on TeenInk.com, you'll receive an e-mail with a link to your work. If your work is published in our print magazine, you'll receive another email and we will mail you a free copy of the issue containing your work.

Who decides what gets published?
Our professional editorial staff reviews thousands of submissions each year. Every submission is read by at least one editor, and we pick the best of the best for each section of Teen Ink’s print magazine.

I submitted something a few months ago, but it hasn’t been published in your print magazine. Should I do anything?
Because of the number of submissions we receive each year, we can only print a fraction of them in our magazine. Of course, submitting more of your work increases your chances of getting published in our print magazine, so we encourage you to send us as many articles as you can!

Are some kinds of submissions more likely to get published in your print magazine?
We look for a variety of work by authors and artists from across the country. Some sections, like Reviews, Environment, Letters to the Editor, and Community Service, have considerably fewer submissions, so there is less competition to get published. Poetry has the most submissions. Most published pieces have fewer than 2,500 words.

What are Teen Ink’s editorial categories? Do I have to pick a category?
Yes. Please take a look at the sections and subsections listed on this site. When you submit, you will be asked to select a category.

What kind of artwork can I send?
You can send photocopies or high quality photographs of any kind of artwork, including oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture, collage, and computer graphics.

Who will see my work if it is published?
Hundreds of thousands of teens, teachers, and libraries across the country and around the world receive Teen Ink magazine. And, of course, anyone could see your writing and artwork on TeenInk.com.

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