CICADA magazine for teens ages fourteen and up

CICADA, for readers ages 14 and up, publishes original fiction, poetry, first-person nonfiction, and comics by both adult and teen writers and artists. In some cases, CICADA purchases rights for excerpts from books yet to be published. Each edition also includes reprints of high-quality selections. Please keep in mind that CICADA's readers are intelligent and sophisticated and can handle complexity with respect to theme, characterization, and plotting. The editors want to provide a balance of serious and humorous writing within each edition.


Fiction and novella

We are interested in realistic, contemporary, and historical fiction, as well as humor, mysteries, fantasy, and science fiction.

Length: up to 5,000 words; we will consider novellas up to 9,000 words


We would like to see first-person experiences of interest to teen and young adult readers.

Length: up to 5,000 words


CICADA publishes serious, humorous, rhyming or free verse.

Length: up to 25 lines

Alternative Comics

CICADA seeks talented artists who are making thoughtful (or flippant), beautiful (or unsettling), exuberant (or quiet) comics, zines, visual poems, sequential graphic narratives, or any other work in image and/or text. Comic submissions can be emailed to COMIC SUBMISSION should be the subject line of the email.

CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.

Check out a sample issue of CICADA magazine online.

Online Submissions

We now accept, and prefer, online submissions via Submittable. Submittable Submissions Manager makes it easier than ever to submit and track your manuscripts online. Our Submittable page,, contains simple forms for submitting to BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, CRICKET, and CICADA. Once you register with Submittable, you can track and manage your submissions to many popular publications all in one place. Submittable is especially convenient for international submissions.

Note: We do not accept email submissions.

The only place we accept online submissions is Please do not email submissions to editors or Customer Service, and please do not attach manuscripts to forms on this site or our children’s websites.


Before submitting, be sure to familiarize yourself with our magazines. Sample issues can be viewed at You can purchase sample issues online, by emailing, or by calling 1-800-821-0115. Issues are also available at many local libraries.

  • CRICKET Magazine Group will consider all manuscripts sent on speculation.
  • Please submit a complete manuscript. We do not accept queries.
  • Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts should include an exact word count; poetry manuscripts should include an exact line count.
  • Include full contact information: phone, email, and mailing address.
  • Manuscript should be submitted as a .doc, .docx, .txt., or .rtf file.
  • Please allow up to 3-6 months response time.

Print Submissions

We do accept hard copy submissions. When submitting a hard copy of your manuscript, please follow the instructions above, as well as these additional instructions:

  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Domestic submissions without a SASE will be discarded.
    • Submissions from outside the U.S. do not need to include a SASE. We will respond via email. International authors are encouraged to submit via our Submittable page,
  • SASE is for our response only. Manuscripts are not returned.
  • Manuscript should be typed and double-spaced.
  • Address hard copy submissions to:

    Submissions Editor
    [Magazine Title]
    Carus Publishing
    70 E. Lake Street
    Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60601

Art Submissions

See our submission guidelines for artists.

What Happens Next?

The Manuscript Review Process

  • After they are received, manuscripts are reviewed by first readers. First readers consider each submission's literary potential and whether it might be a good fit for one of our magazines.
  • Promising submissions are then carefully reviewed by at least three editors: an assistant editor, the magazine's editor, and the editor-in-chief.
  • The editor-in-chief, in conversation with the magazine’s editor, makes a final decision on whether to reject or accept the manuscript. For manuscripts that show some promise but need further development, the editor may write the author to request revisions on speculation.

After Acceptance

  • If we accept your manuscript, we will send you an acceptance letter detailing payment and rights information and any revisions we would like you to make.
  • Once we've received your revisions, we carefully line edit the manuscript. The manuscript is then returned for your review. We work closely with our writers to bring out the best in each story, essay, and poem.
  • Once the manuscript is edited, it will be kept on file until it is assigned to an issue. Because we work 6-8 months ahead of each issue, it can be a year or more before a manuscript is placed.


  • Stories and poems previously unpublished: Rights vary.
  • Stories and poems previously published: CICADA purchases second publication rights. Fees vary, but are generally less than fees for first publication rights.


  • Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word
  • Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum
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