elementia is a teen literary zine published to represent and uplift young adults (up to age 19). We are currently accepting art, poetry, short stories and essays through February 1 on our next theme.

issue xviii theme: bodies

Is your look a choice, or did you inherit it? Tattoos, hickeys, and scars tell stories. Bodies are fragile; bodies are powerful. Human bodies, governing bodies, bodies of water, and bodies of work represent and contain us all. From quotidian to quixotic, dig out the poems from between your teeth. Speak on skin color, speak on sex. Revel in the heft of the body’s shape, adorn it, treat it, or let it decompose. Inhabit the cycles of our somatic experience: we bleed, we heal, we kill, we kiss, we die. Anyone with a body can relate, but everyone sees bodies differently. Give us the perceptions inside your skin, by way of your hands and heart.  

As we look toward a year of being glued to our laptops and tablets, we decided they could use a bit of an upgrade and we need your help. Johnson County Library is hosting a sticker contest for teens 

Submit your designs for a 3x3 inch round or square sticker through October 31, 2020. 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 between the ages of 12-19 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.

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).