Notes from the Teen Underground Column

VOYA invites submissions from teens aged 12 to 18 for Notes from the Teenage Underground. This occasional column reveals secrets of teen culture to the adults who care regarding books, information, entertainment, media, and identity. VOYA readers are librarians, teachers, counselors, authors, publishers, and youth workers who provide services, information, fun reading, and entertainment for teenagers. What would you like them to know about your popular culture, your favorite reading, media, music, hobby, pastime, or craze -or your inner thoughts about just being you, transforming from child to adult?

Submissions must be between 500 and 900 words, double-spaced in word processing as a .doc or .txt file and should be submitted to via email. Include a recent photograph of yourself and a brief biography containing your school name, grade, town, and state, with some interesting facts about you. Your chances of acceptance are better the more carefully you edit your own work, from spelling and grammar to logical construction. Ask a receptive teacher, librarian, adult friend, or parent to check your article before you submit it.

Use Notes from the Teenage Underground as a heading, then give your piece a descriptive title. Include your full name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. If your submission is accepted, the editor will contact you for further information such as illustrations or clarification. You must submit a Publication Authorization with your manuscript in order for us to print your piece. After publication, you will receive a check for $50 and three copies of the magazine.

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