CICADA magazine for teens ages fourteen and up

CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens' truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Our readers are smart and curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes. 

Fav writers, YA and otherwise: Bennett Madison, Sarah McCarry, Leopolding Core, J. Hope Stein, Jose Olivarez, Sofia Samatar, Eria Lorraine Scheidt, David Levithan, Sherman Alexie, Hilary Smith, Nnedi Okorafor, Teju Cole, Anne Boyer, Malory Ortberg.

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Realism, SF/fantasy, historical fiction: Yes, yes, and yes

Length: flash fic to novellas; up to 9,000 words


Narrative nonfic (especially teen-written); essays on lit/culture/arts

Length: up to 5,000 words


Length: no length limits. Send us yer epics!

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.

Online Submissions

We no longer accept hard copy submissions. Please submit online 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 no longer accept hard copy submissions. Please submit online via Submittable

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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