CONNECTION

Everything and all of us are connected on every conceivable scale, from the subtle subatomic bonds in the smallest building blocks of matter to the massive interconnected root system of the 80,000 year old Pando aspen grove.

In our hectic modern world people build bridges, knock down walls and create networks to fight isolation and forge strong connections around the globe. Ideas and inspiration spread across the boundaries of location, medium, class and culture: mind maps on cosmic scale. We are each a collection of connections, our root systems shaped by influences of our families, friends, collaborators and heroes. Our links and bonds each tell a story about who we are and where we’ve been.

Whether you answer by pulling back to see this web from afar, or by closely tracing each filament to its root, our question for this elementia is: what connects you?


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). 

Poetry, Short Story and Essay Submissions

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!

Art Submissions

 Visual art submissions will be treated as graphics may be subject to alteration (including, but not limited to: cropping, flipping, and other changes). 

We are looking for teens to join our editorial committee 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.  

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 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. We get so many submissions we work in two rounds:

Nominating: Every piece gets assigned to 3 editors. If two editors give it the thumbs up it moves to round 2. In years past this has been about 100-150 pieces (depends on how many submissions we get)

Final Selection:  Every piece that has 2 thumbs up from round 1 is assigned to the whole editorial team. Everyone rates on a scale of 1-10 which will go into a final score. We use the score (but also other factors) in making our final selection. In years past this has been 150-200 pieces.

*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.

Rough Schedule (items in bold are required meetings)

  • Sat Mid Jan 12-3pm: Orientation Meeting (lunch provided)
  • Feb 1: all submissions close to the public
  • Mid Feb: Nominating scores due
  • Late Feb: Final Selection scores due
  • Sat Late Feb 12-3pm: Final Selection Meeting (lunch provided)
  • Sat Late March Copy edit session
  • 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.

Rough Schedule (items in bold are required meetings)

  • 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


Ends on February 1, 2020

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

Everything and all of us are connected on every conceivable scale, from the subtle subatomic bonds in the smallest building blocks of matter to the massive interconnected root system of the 80,000 year old Pando aspen grove.

In our hectic modern world people build bridges, knock down walls and create networks to fight isolation and forge strong connections around the globe. Ideas and inspiration spread across the boundaries of location, medium, class and culture: mind maps on cosmic scale. We are each a collection of connections, our root systems shaped by influences of our families, friends, collaborators and heroes. Our links and bonds each tell a story about who we are and where we’ve been.

Whether you answer by pulling back to see this web from afar, or by closely tracing each filament to its root, our question for this elementia is: what connects you?

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

Everything and all of us are connected on every conceivable scale, from the subtle subatomic bonds in the smallest building blocks of matter to the massive interconnected root system of the 80,000 year old Pando aspen grove.

In our hectic modern world people build bridges, knock down walls and create networks to fight isolation and forge strong connections around the globe. Ideas and inspiration spread across the boundaries of location, medium, class and culture: mind maps on cosmic scale. We are each a collection of connections, our root systems shaped by influences of our families, friends, collaborators and heroes. Our links and bonds each tell a story about who we are and where we’ve been.

Whether you answer by pulling back to see this web from afar, or by closely tracing each filament to its root, our question for this elementia is: what connects you?

Art
Ends on February 1, 2020

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

Everything and all of us are connected on every conceivable scale, from the subtle subatomic bonds in the smallest building blocks of matter to the massive interconnected root system of the 80,000 year old Pando aspen grove.

In our hectic modern world people build bridges, knock down walls and create networks to fight isolation and forge strong connections around the globe. Ideas and inspiration spread across the boundaries of location, medium, class and culture: mind maps on cosmic scale. We are each a collection of connections, our root systems shaped by influences of our families, friends, collaborators and heroes. Our links and bonds each tell a story about who we are and where we’ve been.

Whether you answer by pulling back to see this web from afar, or by closely tracing each filament to its root, our question for this elementia is: what connects you?