elementia is a teen literary zine published to represent and uplift young adults (up to age 19). Starting April 23, 2021 we will be accepting submissions for Issue XIX. We are excited to announce that the theme of this upcoming issue is The Unknown!

The Unknown

We’re always told to “create what we know,” but what about what we don’t know? From higher beings to the center of the Earth—there are so many things we’ve yet to discover. How can we sense the unknown? Feel it. See it. Overcome it. Does it Terrify? Exhilarate? Comfort?

How does confronting the unknown change our human experience? Communicate your dreams and anxieties.

What do we not understand about ourselves? Our thoughts. Our motives. Our actions. How about outside our perception? Deign to view the imperceptible; speculate on the fabric of reality.

In what ways do you try to dissect the unfamiliar, consciously or not? Everything we know is learned: what have we not been taught? What has time robbed us of knowing? In what ways can we help each other reveal what’s hidden?

Venture into the oceans, the night sky, the rainforests. Search for the aliens among us and beyond us. Find the murky edges of your imagination and focus on them. Visualize what exists in the afterlife and what is hidden in the dark.

Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the unknown.

Submit your original poetry, short stories, essays, comics, or artwork through February 1, 2022.

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). 

Issue xix Theme: The Unknown

We’re always told to “create what we know,” but what about what we don’t know? From higher beings to the center of the Earth — there are so many things we’ve yet to discover. How can we sense the unknown? Feel it. See it. Overcome it. Does it terrify? Exhilarate? Comfort? 

How does confronting the unknown change our human experience? Communicate your dreams and anxieties. 

What do we not understand about ourselves? Our thoughts. Our motives. Our actions. How about outside our perception? Deign to view the imperceptible; speculate on the fabric of reality. 

In what ways do you try to dissect the unfamiliar, consciously or not? Everything we know is learned: what have we not been taught? What has time robbed us of knowing? In what ways can we help each other reveal what’s hidden? 

Venture into the oceans, the night sky, the rainforests. Search for the aliens among us and beyond us. Find the murky edges of your imagination and focus on them. Visualize what exists in the afterlife and what is hidden in the dark. 

Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the unknown.

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). 

Issue xix Theme: The Unknown

We’re always told to “create what we know,” but what about what we don’t know? From higher beings to the center of the Earth — there are so many things we’ve yet to discover. How can we sense the unknown? Feel it. See it. Overcome it. Does it terrify? Exhilarate? Comfort?

How does confronting the unknown change our human experience? Communicate your dreams and anxieties.

What do we not understand about ourselves? Our thoughts. Our motives. Our actions. How about outside our perception? Deign to view the imperceptible; speculate on the fabric of reality.

In what ways do you try to dissect the unfamiliar, consciously or not? Everything we know is learned: what have we not been taught? What has time robbed us of knowing? In what ways can we help each other reveal what’s hidden?

Venture into the oceans, the night sky, the rainforests. Search for the aliens among us and beyond us. Find the murky edges of your imagination and focus on them. Visualize what exists in the afterlife and what is hidden in the dark.

Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the unknown.

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). 

Issue xix Theme: The Unknown

We’re always told to “create what we know,” but what about what we don’t know? From higher beings to the center of the Earth — there are so many things we’ve yet to discover. How can we sense the unknown? Feel it. See it. Overcome it. Does it terrify? Exhilarate? Comfort?

How does confronting the unknown change our human experience? Communicate your dreams and anxieties.

What do we not understand about ourselves? Our thoughts. Our motives. Our actions. How about outside our perception? Deign to view the imperceptible; speculate on the fabric of reality.

In what ways do you try to dissect the unfamiliar, consciously or not? Everything we know is learned: what have we not been taught? What has time robbed us of knowing? In what ways can we help each other reveal what’s hidden?

Venture into the oceans, the night sky, the rainforests. Search for the aliens among us and beyond us. Find the murky edges of your imagination and focus on them. Visualize what exists in the afterlife and what is hidden in the dark.

Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the unknown.

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).