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One Teen Story Submission Guidelines:

One Teen Story publishes 4 stories a year and accepts submissions from teen writers ages 13-19. For a list of writers we have published in the past and short samples of their stories, please visit out past issues page.

We’re excited to announce our newest One Teen Story Contest! Now through May 31st, 2017, we’re asking writers ages 13-19 to enter their original, unpublished fiction. We are interested in great short stories of any genre—literary, fantasy, sci-fi, love stories, and horror. What’s in a great short story? Interesting characters, a unique voice, strong writing, and a beginning, middle and end.

Prize:

The winning story will be published in a forthcoming issue of One Teen Story, which will reach over ten thousand readers. The contest winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of the magazine featuring their work. The contest winner will also have the opportunity to work with a One Teen Story editor prior to publication. Honorable mentions will be chosen in three age categories: 13-15, 16-17, and 18-19 year-olds, and each will be announced on our website, email announcement, and social media.

Guidelines:

How to Submit:

We have an automated system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your story and email you a confirmation that it has been received. To use the automated system, you’ll need to log in to your One Teen Story account. If you don’t have one, you will be able to create one on our Submission Manager when you submit your piece. Using this account you will be able to check the status of your submission at any time by going to our login page. When you are ready to submit please visit our Submission Manager. In the Genre drop-down menu, be sure to select your correct age group. IMPORTANT: Please note that we only accept work by writers ages 13-19 as of May 31st, 2017. If your story is being considered for publication, we will ask that you provide us with proof of your age.

Deadline:

May 31st, 2017 11:59pm ET

Important Information for Teachers:

Teachers: if you would like to use this contest for a class project, please email us at the address below with your email and mailing address, and we’ll send you a desk copy of one of our previous winners, along with a PDF for you to print out and share with your classroom.

If you have any questions, please email with the subject line One Teen Story Contest.

FAQ
What kind of stories is One Teen Story looking for?
One Teen Story is looking for great short stories written by teens about the teen experience. We seek stories that deal with issues of identity, friendship, family, and coming-of-age. Gratuitous profanity, sex and drug use are best avoided. We’re open to all genres of well-written young adult fiction between 2,000 and 4,500 words. Because of our format, we can only accept stories that are strong enough to stand alone (as opposed to excerpts from novels-in-progress). Proof of the author’s age will be required for all stories accepted for publication.
Does One Teen Story pay?
Yes. One Teen Story pays $500 and 25 contributor copies for first North American serial rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication.
Does One Teen Story accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Does One Teen Story accept stories translated from other languages?
Yes, however, all manuscripts must be written in English. Translations are accepted, but we will ask to see a copy of the original text.
How do I submit to One Teen Story?
We have an automated system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your story and email you a confirmation that it has been received. To use the automated system, you need to create a One Teen Story account. Using this account you will be able to check the status of your submission at any time by going to our login page. When you are ready to submit please visit our Submission Manager. IMPORTANT: Please note that we only accept work by writers ages 13-19. If your story is being considered for publication, we will ask that you provide us with proof of your age.
What file types can I submit?
One Teen Story does not accept paper submissions. All paper submissions will be recycled upon receipt. We accept PDF, RTF, and TXT files that are less than 500KB. Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file. Please also double-space your submission and include page numbers. (Submissions that aren’t double-spaced and don’t include page numbers will go unread and be withdrawn from the system.)
How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
We do our very best to respond to submissions 16 weeks after they are received. If you don’t hear from us right away, please be patient! It is our goal to make sure that each submission is read carefully. We ask that you wait a minimum of six months to send follow-up inquiries. Please send all inquiries by email to and include the phrase “Submissions inquiry” in your subject line.

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