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Teen Ink FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Teen Ink is an independent print publication. We are not affiliated with any individual, group or organization. We receive our income from four sources: Advertisers in the magazine who support our goals and want to reach teenagers with their message; donations people have made to our organization; payment for subscriptions of the print magazine requested by schools for their students; and all royalties from the sale of the Teen Ink books and products.
Teen Ink feels strongly that one of the greatest needs of young people is to preserve their sense of self-worth. Teen Ink's role is to listen to its contributors and provide a forum in which teens can express themselves through poetry, essays, stories, reviews, art and photography.
Teen Ink, founded in 1989, is a unique and far-reaching reading, communications and writing experience for teenagers. Teen Ink, the organization's monthly print magazine, used to reach hundreds of thousands of students in public and private high schools and middle schools across the country. Teen Ink also maintained an online version with daily features to allow additional teens an opportunity to be published.
Unfortunately, Teen Ink was an economic victim of COVID and the previous ownership and team dissolved in 2020. Under new ownership, we are in the process of preparing and organizing for a successful relaunch in 2021!
We will update the website accordingly when we are offering magazine subscriptions again, so stay tuned!
We have no staff writers or artists; all teenagers are encouraged to submit work. We read and review every submission, and though we can't publish every one, the creative process itself is satisfying and rewarding for teens. The letters we receive from students, teachers, parents and administrators attest to this. If a piece is accepted, the student has the joy of seeing his or her work in print and/or on the Internet.
Teacher Advisory Board members serve as liaisons and advisors to Teen Ink. They use the magazine in a variety of ways and are available if you have questions or suggestions. See our Teacher Advisory Board list!
George Lucas, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sen. John Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Pedro Martinez, Andrew Shue, General Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton all participated in an exclusive interview by teens for our magazine because they want to encourage as many teenagers as possible to reach out and learn more about the people who affect their lives.
We encourage teens to interview family members, neighbors, business people and friends to learn about the lives and histories of those close to them. Thousands of students submit interviews, many are published and those with the very best are chosen to do an exclusive interview with a celebrity for Teen Ink.
With budget cuts and other pressures, many schools no longer have a high school paper or literary journal. Some schools have a publication that comes out "whenever possible." In a few cases, schools maintain the tradition of a high school paper but don't accept submissions from large numbers of students. Any teenager can submit to our magazine, not just the few fortunate to be on the staff of their school paper. While school papers are only distributed within the school community, our print magazine reaches over 300,000 teenagers every month and many more on the Web.
Over 100,000 students submit work for publication each year, and our editors review each individual piece. If approved, the submission is first published on our website. From there, our editors chose the best of the best to include in our monthly print magazine. Click here to see our submission guidelines and to submit your work.
The magazine celebrated its 31st anniversary in 2020. The Teen Ink book series is a compilation of the very best of the pieces previously published in the magazine, with eight books already available nationwide.