Welcome to the submission page for JoCoLibrary's elementia teen literary magazine as well as Summer 2021's photography, youth short story, and sticker design contests!


Submit your work under the corresponding tab below!


Whether you’re capturing the charisma and antics of your family pets or the wild creatures that live alongside us, this is your chance to show off your photography skills. Submit your photos June 5 - July 5, 2021. One entry per person, please. The Tails and More Tails Photo Contest is open to all Johnson County residents ages 12 and up, with winners and prizes in both youth and adult categories.  

Time to spruce up those laptops, water bottles and bare surfaces with a new round of quality stickers. Johnson County Library is hosting a FANTASY-THEMED sticker contest for youth 19 and under with winners across multiple age categories! We want your most fantastical sticker designs, so imagine your favorite unicorns, dragons, porgs and more for this contest!

Submit your designs for a  3x3 inch round or square sticker through March 30, 2021. All submitted stickers will be voted on by library patrons and the favorite selected for printing. A library staff favorite will also be selected. Each limited edition sticker will get a run of 500 stickers produced, to be snagged at your closest Johnson County Library location for free (winners will get a pack of 20 stickers mailed to them to share with their favorite people).

Guidelines:

  • You must be 19 years old and under to submit designs to this contest.
  • All designs must be 3" by 3" and either round or square (if round, please place on white or transparent background).
  • All designs must be the artists original work. 
  • You may submit as many designs as you create. Please only attach one design per submission to help our judges.

We are looking for teens to join our design committee for our 19th issue (2021-22 school year).  Applicants should be 14-19 and able to make meetings virtually (or potentially at Johnson County Library's Central Branch in Overland Park, KS and the Leawood Pioneer Branch in Leawood, KS depending on public health policy). Committee members receive volunteer hours for all work.

Editorial Committee Expectations

Time Commitment: 50 hours of reading and 16 hours of meetings

Selecting what is published in elementia is an important task & truly a team effort. As a selector you have the rare opportunity to read the words of your peers and help the library compile & showcase the voice of your generation. As a selector your goal will be to read & rate all submissions assigned to you. You are expected to attend all editorial meetings and come prepared (having read all assignments and completed any additional tasks assigned by Library staff).

*All submissions are online and can be read at your convenience–anytime & anywhere with an internet connection.

Example Schedule

  • Sat Mid Jan 12-3pm: Orientation Meeting (lunch provided)
  • Feb 1: all submissions close to the public
  • Sat Mid Feb 1:30-3pm: Check-in meeting
  • Late Feb: Writing scores due
  • Sat Late Feb 12-3pm: Final Selection Meeting 1
  • Sat Late Feb 12-3pm: Final Selection Meeting 2
  • Late April: Issue launch party

Design Committee Expectations

 Time Commitment: 50 hours of selection and design work and and 8 hours of meetings 

Designing elementia is an exciting and important project and a team effort. As a designer, you shape the look, feel and design of the magazine, pairing words and images, and working with the Art Director to decide on the format and length of the magazine. 

*Designers are not required to have software of their own. The Library will provide access to Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InCopy and Adobe Illustrator to all designers. You will need to provide your own computer, with the ability to install these applications.

Example Schedule

  • Sat Mid Jan 12-3pm: Orientation Meeting (lunch provided)
  • Feb 1: all submissions close to the public
  • Late Feb: Art scores due
  • Sat Early March 12-3pm: Final Selection Meeting (lunch provided)
  • Spring Break Design Work Times
  • Sat Late March Copy edit session
  • Late April: Issue launch party

elementia is a teen literary zine published to represent and uplift young adults (up to age 19). Submissions must be original work. We welcome simultaneous submissions (things that you're sending elsewhere for consideration) and pieces that have been previously published (as long as you hold the publication rights). 

Poetry, Short Story and Essay Submission Guidelines

There aren't any word count limitations, but we encourage submitters to pick their best excerpts from pieces that are too long for publication in a magazine. Each piece of writing or art should be submitted as an individual entry, but there is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit. Please send us your most final draft, as our editing stage only allows for minimal adjustments.

Looking for feedback on your writing?  Use your Johnson County Library card to access the Writing Lab from Brainfuse HelpNow!

 elementia is a teen literary zine published to represent and uplift young adults (up to age 19). Submissions must be original work. We welcome simultaneous submissions (things that you're sending elsewhere for consideration) and pieces that have been previously published (as long as you hold the publication rights). 

Poetry, Short Story and Essay Submission Guidelines

There aren't any word count limitations, but we encourage submitters to pick their best excerpts from pieces that are too long for publication in a magazine. Each piece of writing or art should be submitted as an individual entry, but there is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit. Please send us your most final draft, as our editing stage only allows for minimal adjustments.

Looking for feedback on your writing?  Use your Johnson County Library card to access the Writing Lab from Brainfuse HelpNow!

elementia is a teen literary zine published to represent and uplift young adults (up to age 19). Submissions must be original work. We welcome simultaneous submissions (things that you're sending elsewhere for consideration) and pieces that have been previously published (as long as you hold the publication rights). 

Art Guidelines

Please submit the highest resolution image you can, if we accept your piece for publication we will need a 300dpi image for printing purposes. If you don't have the ability to submit a high resolution image, submit what you have and if accepted for publication, we may reach out to you and help scan a higher resolution version. Visual art submissions will be treated as graphics may be subject to alteration (including, but not limited to: cropping, flipping, and other changes). 

Calling all short-story enthusiasts! Submit your work to Johnson County Library's FANTASY-THEMED writing contest. We want your most fantastical imaginings of unicorns, dragons, porgs and more! Winners will be celebrated in an online event on Saturday, July 31st and will receive a certificate and prize pack!


Submissions will run from June 5th - July 5th.  One story per patron. Entries must be submitted online through the Elementia submission portal.  Happy writing!

Entrants must be 19 and under, and there is no word limit for submitted work. Winners and prizes across multiple age categories!