BREAKING FREE

Standing up for what you believe in is a big part of growing up and learning how to break  out of your shell. Whether it's something as little as changing the way you dress or as big as taking charge of your own future, we are wondering what makes you bold--how do you defy the status quo?  

But action doesn’t stop at the self. How do you free others? How do you disrupt the systems of the world? Share your ideas of defiance and change. Use experience from social reformers of the past, current events, or your own brushes with breaking free from society’s norms. We want to know--how do you break free? Submit your original poetry, short stories, essays, comics, or artwork responding to our theme through February 1, 2019.


ABOUT US & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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). 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 Tutor.com!

We are looking for teens to join our editorial and design committees for our 16th issue--Breaking Free!  Applicants should be 19 or younger and able to make meetings at Johnson County Library's Central Branch in Overland Park, KS.  Please apply by June 1 to be involved in our Best Of Issue or August 1 to join the team for issue xvi.

Editorial Committee Expectations

Time Commitment: 50 hours of reading and 8 hours of meetings

Selecting what is published in elementia is an important task & truly a team effort. As an editor you have the rare opportunity to read the words of your peers and help the library compile & showcase the voice of your generation. As an editor 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. You can also receive volunteer credit for the time you spend reading and rating submissions.

Best of elementia editorial meetings

June 16 12-4pm Orientation Meeting (lunch provided) 

July 5 ALL ASSIGNMENTS DUE

July 7 12-4pm Final Selection Meeting (lunch provided)

elementia Issue XVI editorial meetings

Schedule TBD. Expect majority of the work late January through mid-February.

Design Committee Expectations

Time Commitment: 50 hours of selection and design work and and 15 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 will also review and copy edit the final magazine.

*Designers are not required to have computers or software of their own. The Library will provide laptops with access to Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InCopy and Adobe Illustrator to all designers.

Best of elementia editorial meetings

June 16 12-4pm Orientation Meeting (lunch provided) 

July 7 12-4pm Final Selection Meeting (lunch provided)

July 14 12-4pm Design Kickoff Meeting and page assignments (lunch provided)

July 21 Feedback Session (times TDB)

July 28 Turn in final pages and copy edit session (times TDB)

elementia Issue XVI editorial meetings

Schedule TBD. Expect majority of the work mid-February through Spring Break.

Ends on February 1, 2019

Poetry submitted to elementia should be by a young adult (up to age 19) and address the theme:  

Standing up for what you believe in is a big part of growing up and learning how to break  out of your shell. Whether it's something as little as changing the way you dress or as big as taking charge of your own future, we are wondering what makes you bold--how do you defy the status quo?  

But action doesn’t stop at the self. How do you free others? How do you disrupt the systems of the world? Share your ideas of defiance and change. Use experience from social reformers of the past, current events, or your own brushes with breaking free from society’s norms. We want to know--how do you break free? 

Prose submitted to elementia should be by a young adult (up to age 19) and address the theme:  

Standing up for what you believe in is a big part of growing up and learning how to break  out of your shell. Whether it's something as little as changing the way you dress or as big as taking charge of your own future, we are wondering what makes you bold--how do you defy the status quo?  

But action doesn’t stop at the self. How do you free others? How do you disrupt the systems of the world? Share your ideas of defiance and change. Use experience from social reformers of the past, current events, or your own brushes with breaking free from society’s norms. We want to know--how do you break free? 

Art
Ends on February 1, 2019

Artwork submitted to elementia should be by a young adult (up to age 19) and address the theme:  

Standing up for what you believe in is a big part of growing up and learning how to break  out of your shell. Whether it's something as little as changing the way you dress or as big as taking charge of your own future, we are wondering what makes you bold--how do you defy the status quo?  

But action doesn’t stop at the self. How do you free others? How do you disrupt the systems of the world? Share your ideas of defiance and change. Use experience from social reformers of the past, current events, or your own brushes with breaking free from society’s norms. We want to know--how do you break free?