Call for Submissions

Polyphony Lit invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from high school students (aged 14-18) worldwide. Students may submit for publication in our annual volume, and/or  our annual writing contests.

For submission guidelines, please see the individual categories listed below.

Submission Schedule:

Submissions for Volume 19 are open on the following schedule:

Reading Period 1:  July 1 - September 30, 2022
Reading Period 2:  November 1, 2021 - January 31, 2023
Reading Period 3 :  March 1 - April 30, 2023


Submissions for our Seasonal Contests are open on the following schedule:

Latin Heritage Contest: September 15th - October 15th, 2022
Fall Contest:  October 1 - 31, 2022
Black History Month Contest: February 1 - 28, 2023
Winter Contest:  February 1 - 28, 2023
Pride Month Contest: June 1 - 30, 2023
Summer Contest: June 1 - 30, 2023


Please note that some reading periods may close early if we reach our submission cap, so we recommend submitting early during the reading period.

Student Editors Read Every Submission

We have a staff of more than 150 high school students from around the world, all of whom have successfully completed our literary editing training program.

Editorial Philosophy

It is our privilege to read every submission we receive. We relish the opportunity to participate in this personal and essential journey of the human voice. We strive to build respectful, mutually beneficial writer-editor relationships. We honor literary achievement by bringing attention to excellence through awards and publishing much of the extraordinary work we receive.

Why Submit?

Anytime you submit, your work will be evaluated for publication in our magazine and, if published, it will be eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Young Writers Award.

Submission Calendar

Due to high submission volume, we manage our reading periods to match our editor capacity. We have six windows during the 2021/22 submission period. To verify a reading period is still open, visit our submissions page on Submittable.

For Volume 19

Submissions during these times:

  • will receive in-depth editorial feedback from our editors
  • will be evaluated for publication in our annual volume
  • are eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards
  • Submissions are free

Contests:

  • Submissions during these contest reading periods are read by editors but do not receive feedback unless they are selected as a finalist
  • Submissions cost $5.00 each for the Fall, Winter, and Summer Contests
  • Submissions are free for Latin Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Pride Month Contests
  • Winners are:
    awarded the Polyphony Lit Writing Award (no cash value)
    published in our annual volume


Latin Heritage Contest Contest 2022: Voz de Melodiosa| Sept 15 - Oct 15, 2022

English

Wepa! In celebration of Latin Heritage Month, Polyphony Lit is hosting a special contest for Latinx submitters. The theme for the contest is Magical Realism. For more details on the prize, see below!

What is magical realism? As a literary movement, magical realism es un terremoto that has shaken Latin America to the core. It is unlike fantasy and science fiction, because the incorporation of fantastical elements is always matter-of-fact. These fantastical elements are simply the frosting on top of an otherwise realistic world.

There is no explanation for the miracles and phenomena that occur. And who needs one? Magic, after all, is just a fact of life. Ghosts come walking through the house on a regular basis, and nobody pays them any mind. Curses follow your family for generations, but you simply shrug them off and keep going. There is no system of rules; instead, magic springs intuitively from the characters’ emotions. Magic is not just a tool that the characters use; instead, it is an expression of their deepest fears and desires. It is a manifestation of their real-life challenges, and in this way, the magic has roots in a very real place.

So let’s talk about those real places, too: What does it mean to be a Latinx writer or artist? What do you want to celebrate, or mourn, or cherish about your Latin heritage? Wow us with the next Oscar Wao. Haunt us with your House of Spirits. Give us something to mull over during One Hundred Years of Solitude.

If English is your language, then send us your work in English. Si el español es tu lengua materna, entonces envíanos tus mejores poemas. Ou talvez você fale português… Whatever it is, we want to see it!

Want a sample of how Polyphony Lit writers blur the line between the real and fantastical? Check out Countdown in the Sky and From One Shut-In Heart, to Another.

Voz Melodiosa Contest Guidelines

Submissions will open on September 15th and will remain open until October 15th or until we reach our submission cap of 200 submissions.

Please note that this is a separate submission category from Polyphony Lit Volume 19.​ Submissions to Polyphony Lit Volume 19 will receive feedback from the editors, but for the contest category, only the winning submissions will receive feedback from the judge.

If you have already submitted your work to the Volume 19 category, then please do not send the same submission to the Voz Melodiosa contest.

If you submit to the Voz Melodiosa contest first and your work is declined, then you may submit it to the Volume 19 category after the Core de Voces contest is complete.

Prize

There will be one winner and two finalists. The winners/finalists will receive:

  • Publication in Polyphony Lit Volume 19.
  • Eligibility for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards.
  • Editorial feedback from the Contest Judges, Julia Vaz and Fiorenza Felice. (To learn more about the judges, see below!)
  • Social media posts announcing the winners.
  • An honorary emblem next to the published work on the website.
  • A full scholarship for Polyphony Lit’s "How to be a Literary Editor" course. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to join the editorial staff of Polyphony Lit!

A limited number of scholarships for our “How to Be a Literary Editor” training course will also be awarded to additional Latinx submitters with financial need. In order to take the course, students must be sufficiently fluent in English.

Students who complete the course will be invited to join the staff of Polyphony Lit as a Junior Editor. If you are interested in the scholarship opportunity, then please submit an application here.

Please note that only the three winners will receive feedback from the Judge. However, if your work is declined for the Core de Voces Contest, then you may submit to the Volume 19 category and receive regular feedback from our editors.

Writer Qualifications

  • High school students who identify as Latinx are eligible to submit. For ease of reference, we roughly define this as writers of Hispanic, Latinx, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican or Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian, etc) and/or writers who identify as Central / South America Indigenous Peoples (for example: Amerindian, K’iche’, Yucatec, Miskitos, Quechua, Chibcha, etc). However, we understand that Latin America is incredibly diverse and people of Latin American descent often come from many different backgrounds, so we hope that you will not be limited in any way by these categories. If you are not Latinx, but still interested in submitting magical realism, then check out our Volume 19 submission category!
  • Creative works may be written in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Accepted submissions that are written in Spanish or Portuguese will be accompanied by an English translation.
  • Submit a maximum of three pieces.
  • Submissions must be 1,800 words or fewer, double-spaced.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions and work that has been published elsewhere. If your submission is accepted, you must note if the work was previously published. If it is accepted elsewhere after you submit to us, you must notify us immediately. In this case, if we accept it for publication, we will acknowledge the site of the original publication.
  • Pieces that have been published elsewhere are not eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Young Writers.

Formatting​

  • Please upload only one document per submission.
  • Do not put your name on the piece, because all work is blind juried.
  • Submissions longer than one page should have the page number inserted at the top (right or left side) of every page
  • We accept submissions in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats.
  • We prefer common conventions: Color: Black & white Font Size: 12 pt throughout, including titles Font Type: Times or Times New Roman Margins: 1-inch at the top and bottom, and 1.25 inch at the left and right. One space after periods. There should be no extra returns after paragraphs unless you have a meaningful reason for the extra space.

Using Submittable​

  • Submissions are free.
  • Please upload submissions through Submittable. We do not accept email submissions or hard copies via mail.
  • There is a submission cap of 200 submissions, so we may close submissions for the Voz Melodiosa Contest before October 15th. We recommend submitting early to ensure that you do not miss the deadline.

Español

Wepa! En celebración del Mes de la herencia latina, Polyphony Lit está organizando un concurso especial para los participantes latinos. El tema del concurso es el Realismo Mágico. Para obtener más detalles sobre el premio, consulte a continuación.

¿Qué es el realismo mágico? Como movimiento literario, el realismo mágico es un terremoto que ha sacudido hasta la médula a América Latina. Es diferente a la fantasía y la ciencia ficción, porque la incorporación de elementos fantásticos es siempre práctica. Estos elementos fantásticos son simplemente el glaseado en la parte superior de un mundo realista.

No hay explicación para los milagros y fenómenos que ocurren. ¿Y quién necesita uno? La magia, después de todo, es solo un hecho de la vida. Los fantasmas pasan por la casa regularmente y nadie les presta atención. Las maldiciones siguen a tu familia durante generaciones, pero simplemente te encoges de hombros y sigues adelante. No hay un sistema de reglas; en cambio, la magia brota intuitivamente de las emociones de los personajes. La magia no es solo una herramienta que usan los personajes; en cambio, es una expresión de sus miedos y deseos más profundos. Es una manifestación de sus desafíos de la vida real y, de esta manera, la magia tiene raíces en un lugar muy real.

Entonces, hablemos también de esos lugares reales: ¿Qué significa ser un escritor o artista latino? ¿Qué quieres celebrar, llorar o apreciar de tu herencia latina? Sorpréndenos con el próximo Oscar Wao. Persíguenos con tu Casa de los Espíritus. Danos algo para reflexionar durante Cien años de soledad.

Si el inglés es su idioma, envíenos su trabajo en inglés. Si el español es tu lengua materna, entonces envíanos tus mejores poemas. Ou talvez você fale português… Sea lo que sea, ¡queremos verlo!

¿Quieres una muestra de cómo los escritores de Polyphony Lit desdibujan la línea entre lo real y lo fantástico? Echa un vistazo a Countdown in the Sky y From One Shut-In Heart, to Another.

Bases del Concurso Polifonía Lit Voz Melodiosa

Las presentaciones se abrirán el 15 de septiembre y permanecerán abiertas hasta el 15 de octubre o hasta que alcancemos nuestro límite de presentación de 200 presentaciones.

Tenga en cuenta que esta es una categoría de envío separada de Polyphony Lit Volume 19. Los envíos a Polyphony Lit Volume 19 recibirán comentarios de los editores, pero para la categoría del concurso, solo los envíos ganadores recibirán comentarios del juez.

Si ya envió su trabajo a la categoría Volumen 19, no envíe el mismo envío al concurso Voz Melodiosa.

Si envía primero al concurso Voz Melodiosa y su trabajo es rechazado, puede enviarlo a la categoría Volumen 19 después de que se complete el concurso Core de Voces.

Premio

Habrá un ganador y dos finalistas. Los ganadores/finalistas recibirán:

  • Publicación en Polyphony Lit Volumen 19.
  • Elegibilidad para los Premios Claudia Ann Seaman.
  • Comentarios editoriales de los jueces del concurso, Julia Vaz y Fiorenza Felice. (Para obtener más información sobre los jueces, ¡vea más abajo!)
  • Publicaciones en redes sociales anunciando a los ganadores.
  • Un emblema honorífico junto a la obra publicada en la web.
  • Una beca completa para el curso "Cómo ser un editor literario" de Polyphony Lit. Al finalizar el curso, los estudiantes serán elegibles para unirse al equipo editorial de Polyphony Lit!

También se otorgará una cantidad limitada de becas para nuestro curso de capacitación "Cómo ser un editor literario" a otros participantes Latinx con necesidad financiera. Para tomar el curso, los estudiantes deben tener suficiente fluidez en inglés. Los estudiantes que completen el curso serán invitados a unirse al personal de Polyphony Lit como editor junior. Si está interesado en la oportunidad de beca, envíe una solicitud aquí.

Tenga en cuenta que solo los tres ganadores recibirán comentarios del juez. Sin embargo, si su trabajo es rechazado para el Concurso Core de Voces, puede enviarlo a la categoría Volumen 19 y recibir comentarios regulares de nuestros editores.

Calificaciones del escritor

  • Los estudiantes de secundaria que se identifican como Latinx son elegibles para enviar. Para facilitar la referencia, definimos aproximadamente esto como escritores de origen hispano, latino o español (por ejemplo: mexicano o mexicoamericano, puertorriqueño, cubano, salvadoreño, dominicano, colombiano, etc.) y/o escritores que se identifican como centro/ Pueblos Indígenas de América del Sur (por ejemplo: amerindios, k'iche', yucatecos, misquitos, quechuas, chibchas, etc.). Sin embargo, entendemos que América Latina es increíblemente diversa y que las personas de ascendencia latinoamericana a menudo provienen de diferentes orígenes, por lo que esperamos que estas categorías no lo limiten de ninguna manera. Si no eres Latinx, pero aún estás interesado en enviar realismo mágico, ¡echa un vistazo a nuestra categoría de envío del Volumen 19!
  • Las obras creativas pueden estar escritas en inglés, español y portugués. Las presentaciones aceptadas que estén escritas en español o portugués estarán acompañadas de una traducción al inglés.
  • Presentar un máximo de tres piezas.
  • Las presentaciones deben tener 1.800 palabras o menos, a doble espacio.
  • Aceptamos envíos simultáneos y trabajos que hayan sido publicados en otros lugares. Si su envío es aceptado, debe indicar si el trabajo fue publicado anteriormente. Si se acepta en otro lugar después de enviarnos, debe notificarnos de inmediato. En este caso, si aceptamos su publicación, reconoceremos el sitio de la publicación original.
  • Las piezas que se han publicado en otros lugares no son elegibles para el Premio Claudia Ann Seaman para Escritores Jóvenes.

Formateo

  • Cargue solo un documento por envío.
  • No pongas tu nombre en la pieza, porque todo trabajo es jurado a ciegas.
  • Los envíos de más de una página deben tener el número de página insertado en la parte superior (lado derecho o izquierdo) de cada página
  • Aceptamos envíos en formato .doc, .docx o .rtf.
  • Preferimos convenciones comunes:
  • Color: blanco y negro
  • Tamaño de fuente: 12 pt en todo, incluidos los títulos
  • Tipo de letra: Times o Times New Roman
  • Márgenes: 1 pulgada en la parte superior e inferior y 1,25 pulgadas a la izquierda y a la derecha. Un espacio después de los puntos. No debe haber devoluciones adicionales después de los párrafos a menos que tenga una razón significativa para el espacio adicional.

Uso de la tabla de envío

  • Las presentaciones son gratuitas.
  • Cargue envíos a través de Submittable. No aceptamos envíos por correo electrónico o copias impresas por correo.
  • Hay un límite de presentación de 200 presentaciones, por lo que podemos cerrar las presentaciones para el Concurso Voz Melodiosa antes del 15 de octubre. Recomendamos enviarlo con anticipación para asegurarse de no perder la fecha límite.

Português

Oba! Em comemoração ao Mês de Herança Latina, a Polyphony Lit decidiu criar um concurso especial para escritores Latinx. O tema do concurso é Realismo Mágico! Para mais informações sobre o prêmio, veja abaixo!

O que é Realismo Mágico? Como um movimento literário, o realismo mágico é um terremoto que abalou todas as estruturas da América Latina. Ele difere da fantasia ou ficção científica porque seus elementos mágicos são considerados fatos já estabelecidos. Os elementos fantásticos são simplesmente a cereja do bolo dentro de histórias que são, em todos os outros quesitos, completamente realistas.

Não há nenhuma explicação para os milagres ou fenômenos que transcorrem. Afinal, quem precisa de uma? Magia é, no fim das contas, um fato da vida. Fantasmas andam pelas casas regularmente e ninguém os dá atenção. Maldições acompanham sua família por gerações, mas você apenas deixa elas de lado e segue em frente. Não há regras; a magia é resultado das emoções dos personagens. A magia não é apenas um instrumento utilizado pelos personagens, mas uma representação de seus medos e desejos mais íntimos. É uma manifestação de desafios tangíveis e, por isso, a magia tem raízes na realidade.

Então, vamos falar sobre lugares reais também: O que significa ser um escritor ou artista Latinx? O que sobre a sua herança Latina você celebra, lamenta ou estima? Nos impressione com o próximo A fantástica vida breve de Oscar Wao. Nos assombre com o seu próprio A casa dos espíritos. Nos dê algo que nos faça refletir como em Cem anos de solidão.

If English is your language, then send us your work in English. Si el español es tu lengua materna, entonces envíanos tus mejores poemas. Ou talvez, você fale português… Independentemente, nós queremos ler!

Precisa de inspiração? Quer ver um exemplo de como escritores da Polyphony Lit já mesclaram o fantástico e o real? Veja Countdown in the Sky e From One Shut-In Heart, to Another.

Voz Melodiosa Regulamento

Os envios serão aceitos do dia 15 de Setembro até 15 de Outubro, ou até que o limite de 200 envios seja atingido.

Por favor, note que o concurso é uma categoria separada da Edição 19 da Polyphony Lit. Envios para a Edição 19 receberão comentários dos editores, mas para o concurso, apenas os ganhadores receberão feedback dos juízes.

Se você já enviou um texto ou poema para a Edição 19, por favor, não envie o mesmo para o concurso Voz Melodiosa.

Caso você se inscreva no concurso Voz Melodiosa e seu trabalho seja recusado, você poderá enviar o mesmo texto ou poema para a Edição 19 quando o concurso for finalizado.

Prêmios

O concurso escolherá um ganhador e dois finalistas. Eles receberão:

  • Publicação na Edição 19 da Polyphony Lit.
  • Consideração para o Prêmio Claudia Ann Seaman.
  • Feedback editorial das juízas do concurso Julia Vaz e Fiorenza Felice (para saber mais sobre as juízas, veja abaixo!).
  • Posts nas redes sociais anunciando os vencedores.
  • Um emblema honorário que será publicado junto com o texto ou poema no site da Polyphony.
  • Bolsa integral para o curso "Como ser um Editor Literário" da Polyphony Lit. Após o curso, estudantes serão elegíveis para juntar o time editorial da Polyphony Lit!

Um número limitado de bolsas também serão oferecidas para adicionais escritores Latinx com necessidade financeira. Para participar do curso, os estudantes precisam ser suficientemente fluentes em inglês. Aqueles que completarem o curso serão convidados a participar do time editorial da Polyphony como um Editor Júnior. Se você está interessado na bolsa, por favor envie sua inscrição aqui.

Por favor, note que apenas os três vencedores receberão feedback das juízas do concurso. Entretanto, se o seu texto ou poema for recusado para o concurso Voz Melodiosa, você poderá enviá-lo para a Edição 19 e receber comentários dos nossos editores normalmente.

Qualificações do Escritor

  • Estudantes do Ensino Médio que se identificam como latinx são elegíveis para o envio dos textos. Para facilidade ou referência, nós definimos isso como escritores de origem hispânica, latinx ou espanhola (por exemplo: mexicano ou mexicano-americano, porto-riquenho, cubano, salvadorenho, dominicano, colombiano, etc) e/ou escritores que se identificam como pessoas indígenas da América do Sul ou Central (por exemplo: ameríndio, quiché, iucateque, misquito, quíchua, chibcha, etc). Porém, nós entendemos que a América Latina é incrivelmente diversificada e pessoas de descendência latino-americana muitas vezes vêm de diferentes circunstâncias, então esperamos que você não seja limitado de qualquer maneira por essas categorias. Se você não é latinx, mas ainda tem interesse em enviar obras de realismo mágico, confira a categoria de envio do Volume 19!
  • Trabalhos criativos podem ser escritos em inglês, espanhol ou português. Textos aceitos que estão escritos em espanhol ou português serão acompanhados de uma tradução em inglês.
  • Envie o máximo de três textos.
  • Textos precisam ter 1,800 palavras ou menos, com espaçamento duplo.
  • Nós aceitamos envios simultâneos e obras que já foram publicadas em outros lugares. Se seu texto for aceito, você precisa nos informar ele já foi publicado anteriormente. Se seu trabalho for aceito em outro lugar depois de você o enviar para nós, você precisa nos informar imediatamente. Nesse caso, se aceitarmos sua obra para publicação, iremos reconhecer o site de publicação original.
  • Textos que já foram publicados anteriormente não serão elegíveis para o Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Young Writers.

Formatação

  • Por favor faça o upload de apenas um documento por envio
  • Não coloque o seu nome na peça, pois todo o trabalho é analisado sem termos informações sobre os escritores, ou seja, por blind reading
  • Textos maiores do que uma página devem ter o número da página inserido no topo (lado direito ou esquerdo) de todas as folhas
  • Nós aceitamos textos em.doc, .docx ou .rtf formats.
  • Nós recomendamos convenções comuns: Cor: preto e branco Tamanho da fonte: 12 pt, incluindo título Tipo da fonte: Times ou Times New Roman Margens: uma polegada nas margens superior e inferior, e 1.25 polegadas na esquerda e direita. Um espaço após pontos finais. Não deve haver espaço extra após o parágrafo a menos que você tenha uma razão significativa para o espaço.

Usando o Submittable

  • O envio de textos é feito de forma gratuita
  • Por favor envie o seu texto através da plataforma Submittable. Nós não aceitamos envios por e-mail ou correio.
  • Há um limite de 200 textos, então é possível que encerremos o envio para o Concurso Voz Melodiosa antes do dia quinze de outubro. Nós recomendamos que você envie o quanto antes para garantir que não irá perder a data limite.

Calificaciones

  • Los estudiantes de  secundaria que se identifican como Latinx son elegibles para enviar. Para facilitar el entendimiento, nosotros definimos esto como escritores de orígenes  hispanos, latinos, o Españoles (por ejemplo: Mejicano o Mejicano Americano, Puertorriqueño, Cubano, Salvadoreño, Dominicano, Colombiano, etc.) y también escritores que se identifican como Sur o Centro Americanos indígena (por ejemplo: Amerindian, K’iche’, Yucateco, Miskitos, Quechua, Chibcha, etc.). Sin embargo, nosotros entendemos que Latino América es increíblemente diversa y que las personas de ascendencia latinoamericana a menudo provienen de diferentes orígenes, por lo que  esperamos que estas categorías no lo limiten de ninguna manera. Si no eres Latinx pero todavía estás interesado en entregar realismo mágico a la revista, !échale un vistazo a nuestra categoría de envío del Volumen 19!

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  • Los trabajos creativos pueden ser escritos en inglés, español, o portugués. Los envíos aceptados que estén escritos en español or portugués estarán acompañados por una traducción en inglés.
  • El máximo número de trabajos que se pueden enviar son tres.
  • Los envíos deben ser 1800 palabras o menos, y el formato de las líneas en doble espacio.
  • Aceptamos entregas simultáneas y trabajos que ya han sido publicados en otros lugares. Si tu trabajo es aceptado necesitas informarnos si ha sido publicado anteriormente. También, si el trabajo es aceptado en otro lugar después que lo aceptamos, nos tienes que dejar saber inmediatamente. En este caso, si lo aceptamos para publicación, nosotros reconoceremos el sitio de publicación original.
  • Los trabajos que han sido publicados en otra parte no son elegibles para el premio Claudia Ann Seamen para Escritores Jóvenes.

Formato

  • Por Favor, suba solo un documento por envío.
  • No pongas tu nombre en el documento porque todos los trabajos son de jurado a ciegas.
  • Las entregas de más de una página deben tener el número de la página insertado en la parte superior (lado derecho o izquierdo) de cada página.
  • Aceptamos entregas en formatos .doc, .docx, o .rtf
  • Preferimos las convenciones comunes: Color: Negro y Blanco Tamaño de letra : 12 pt en todo el documento, incluyendo títulos Tipo de letra: Times or Times New Roman Márgenes: 1 pulgada en la parte superior e inferior de la página, y 1.25 pulgadas a la izquierda y a la derecha de la página. Un espacio después de los puntos. No debe haber devoluciones adicionales después de los párrafos a menos que tenga una razón significativa para el espacio adicional.

Usando Submittable

  • Los envíos son gratuitos.
  • Por favor subir los escritos a través de Submittable. No aceptamos envíos por correo electrónico o copias en papel por correo.
  • Hay un límite de envío de escritos de 200 envíos, puede que entonces cerremos la entrega de escritos para el Concurso Voz Melodiosa antes del 15 de octubre. Recomendamos enviarlo con anticipación para asegurarse de no perder la fecha límite.

Polyphony Lit Latin Heritage Contest Editorial Scholarship Application

Wepa! In celebration of Latin Heritage Month, Polyphony Lit is hosting a special opportunity for Latinx submitters who are interested in becoming editors for Polyphony Lit. This opportunity goes hand-in-hand with our Voz de Melodiosa Contest.

In order to expand and diversify our staff, Polyphony Lit is seeking out high school students who identify as Latinx. A limited number of scholarships for our “How to Be a Literary Editor” training course will also be awarded to Latinx submitters with financial need.

In order to take the course, students must be sufficiently fluent in English. Students who complete the course will be invited to join the staff of Polyphony Lit as a Junior Editor.

Polyphony Lit Coro de Voces Editorial Scholarship Application Guidelines

Submissions will open on September 15th and will close on October 15th.

Prize

The selected scholarship students will be offered full access to Polyphony Lit’s “How to Be a Literary Editor” editorial training course, and upon completion of the course, will be invited to join the staff of Polyphony Lit as Junior Editors.

Within the editorial staff, there is opportunity for promotion, so students may be eligible to take on leadership positions at the magazine and get an inside look at the publication process. If they show skill in crafting commentary, then editors may be offered higher positions such as Senior Editor, Contest Reader/Judge, Executive Editor, Teaching Assistant, or Genre Managing Editor.

Joining the editorial staff also offers students a chance to interact with a global network of like-minded writers.

To learn more about the “How to Be a Literary Editor” course, please see our website.

Writer Qualifications

  • High school students who identify as Latinx are eligible to submit. For ease of reference, we roughly define this as writers of Hispanic, Latinx, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican or Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian, etc) and/or writers who identify as Central / South America Indigenous Peoples (for example: Amerindian, K’iche’, Yucatec, Miskitos, Quechua, Chibcha, etc). However, we understand that Latin America is incredibly diverse and people of Latin American descent often come from many different backgrounds, so we hope that you will not be limited in any way by these categories. If you are not Latinx, but still have financial need, then please check out our general scholarship category.
  • Scholarship applications for editorial training must be written in English. To become an editor for Polyphony Lit, students must be sufficiently fluent in English.

Using Submittable

  • Submissions are free.

Please upload submissions through Submittable. We do not accept email submissions or hard copies via mail.

"How to Be a Literary Editor"

This course teaches high school and college students how to edit poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Our editorial method, developed over 15 years of teaching our own staff the craft of editing, offers a standard approach for tackling each submission and gives an overview of the specific editing vocabulary useful for giving meaningful feedback. Students who complete the course will be prepared to join the staff of their school literary magazine, ace an internship at a real-world lit magazine, and/or join Polyphony Lit.   Features of this course:

Students who pass the mini-quizzes and complete the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Completion and an invitation to join the Polyphony Lit editorial staff.

For High School Literary Magazine Advisers: If your school is interested in using the workshop to train your high school editorial staff, please contact us for more information and a discount on volume purchases.

Scholarship Qualifications

  • High school student or equivalent.
  • Financial need: public school students who qualify for free/reduced lunch; private school students receiving financial aid; students whose family financial situation has been affected by the pandemic.
  • Has access to computer/device and Wifi to take the online workshop.
  • Plans to complete the online workshop, which takes 3-5 hours, by June 2023.

Polyphony Lit is currently looking for high school writers/editors (aged 14-18) to represent certain regions of the globe in a series of upcoming prose workshops. These courses will feature experienced editors and award-winning writers from all over the globe, each contributing a couple of instructional videos that will walk students through the history, culture, and craft of prose.


For more details on the fiction workshop, please see this document.


For more details on the creative nonfiction workshop, please see this document.


We are currently looking for students in the following regions:

  • Central America
  • South America
  • The Caribbean Islands
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • The Middle East
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Oceania
  • Canada and Indigenous regions of North America

In addition to being featured in our workshop, selected students will also be offered the opportunity to take Polyphony Lit’s How to Be a Literary Editor course for free and join the staff of Polyphony Lit as a Junior Editor.
Please attach a sample of your best prose (1800 words maximum) and please write a brief topic pitch, explaining how you would like to explore poetry-related topics in your video/slides if you were to participate in the workshop.
There are a limited number of positions available, so students will be selected based on the quality of their work, the originality of their topic pitch, and their geographic location.
The deadline to submit is November 30th, 2022.

Please keep in mind that these workshops are a long-term project, so it might take a month or two before we respond to your application.

Poetry / Prose Guidelines

Writer Qualifications​

  • High school students (aged 14-18) from anywhere in the world are eligible to submit.
  • Works must be written in English.
  • Original works only.
  • Submit a maximum of three pieces altogether.
  • If you are submitting multiple pieces then please upload them as separate submissions. If you submit multiple pieces in a single document, then your work will be withdrawn and you will be asked to resubmit your pieces separately.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions and work that has been published elsewhere. When you submit previously published work, please note that the work was previously published, where and when it is being published, and if it is eligible for republication. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere after submitting to Polyphony Lit, you must notify us immediately... but if you are still interested in publication at Polyphony Lit, then please do not withdraw your submission. If we choose to accept a previously published submission for publication, we will acknowledge the site of the original publication.
  • Pieces that have been published elsewhere are not eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Young Writers..

Length

  • Poetry must be 80 lines or less.
  • Fiction and creative nonfiction must be 1,800 words or less.
  • Submissions that exceed limits will not be accepted.

Formatting​

  • Do not put your name on the piece, as all work is blind juried.
  • Poetry should be formatted flush left unless another format, such as centering, is an integral part of the piece's meaning.
  • We accept submission in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats.
  • We prefer common conventions:
    Color: Black & white
    Font Size: 12 pt throughout, including titles
    Font Type: Times or Times New Roman
    Margins: 1-inch at the top and bottom, and 1.25 inch at the left and right. One space after periods. There should be no extra returns after paragraphs unless you have a meaningful reason for the extra space.

Using Submittable

  • Please upload submissions through Submittable. We do not accept email submissions or hard copies via mail.
  • If you submit a revision of a piece that has already been returned to you, type the abbreviation (REV), in parentheses, after the title you enter.​
  • There is no fee to submit.
  • By submitting my Work to Polyphony Lit, I, the AUTHOR of this Work, agree to the terms and conditions outlined in our https://www.polyphonylit.org/privacy-policy.

Additional Guidelines for Creative Nonfiction​

  • Because of the flexibility of form that marks much of Creative Nonfiction, the genre is not easily defined; at Polyphony Lit, we look for creative nonfiction pieces that are written in the style of personal essays or short memoirs. We are looking for pieces that are informal, flexible in form, and most importantly, personal. Personal discovery is the keystone of a personal essay. Self-revelation, human experiences, humor, and flexibility of form are all aspects that we look for in pieces we publish as creative non-fiction.
  • We do not look for op-ed pieces, critical analyses, research papers, or academic essays (unless the academic essay in question takes a creative approach and is written as a personal reflection).
  • We would advise reading some samples of our work, in order to understand the type of material that we publish. Here are some samples of creative nonfiction that we have published recently:
  • Memories of the Boy I Didn't Know
  • responses to love
  • Holiday in a Burning City


Art Guidelines

Artist Qualifications​

  • High school students (aged 14-18) from anywhere in the world are eligible to submit.
  • For the art category, we welcome multiple submissions.

Artwork Guidelines​

  • Submitted artwork will be considered for any of the following categories: (1) Cover Art (which will appear both on the website and in print), (2) T-Shirt Art (which will appear in our online store), and (3) Promotional Art (which will appear on social media, on our website, and in our online workshops).
  • The T-shirt art winner will receive $150 and a free t-shirt featuring their design.
  • Images must be a .PNG or .JPG file.
  • Images must be at least 2700 x 1800 pixels. Images with low resolution will not be eligible for cover art or t-shirt printing.
  • Images must have a resolution of at least 300 DPI (dots per inch).
  • Portrait orientation is preferred.
  • For the purpose of t-shirt printing, your artwork may be edited in order to create a color palette that works for printing.
  • Polyphony means “many voices,” which you can use as inspiration for your design. You are not limited to that theme, as we are looking for the creativity and imagination of your visual art to be a match for the wide-ranging literary works contained in our annual volume.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but if the piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately. Only previously unpublished works are eligible.
  • All submissions must be original and may include drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, or mixed media.

Using Submittable​

  • In the submission form, please select "Cover Art" as the genre for your submission.
  • Please upload submissions through Submittable. We do not accept email submissions or hard copies via mail.
  • Upload only one piece per submission file; to submit more than one piece, make more than one submission file.
  • There is no fee to submit.
  • We do not provide feedback on cover art submissions. If your piece is accepted for publication, we will notify you at the close of our submission cycle.
  • By submitting my Work to Polyphony Lit, I, the AUTHOR of this Work, agree to the terms and conditions outlined in our https://www.polyphonylit.org/privacy-policy.

Please note that this category is for pieces written by Polyphony Lit editors only. This form helps us to identify the editors' submissions and to ensure that the editors in question are not assigned to vote on their own work. If you are not an editor on the staff of Polyphony Lit, then please submit through the "Volume 18: Submissions" form instead of this one.


Poetry / Prose Guidelines

Writer Qualifications​

  • High school students (aged 14-18) from anywhere in the world are eligible to submit.
  • Works must be written in English.
  • Original works only.
  • Submit a maximum of three pieces altogether.
  • If you are submitting multiple pieces then please upload them as separate submissions. If you submit multiple pieces in a single document, then your work will be withdrawn and you will be asked to resubmit your pieces separately.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions and work that has been published elsewhere. When you submit previously published work, please note that the work was previously published, where and when it is being published, and if it is eligible for republication. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere after submitting to Polyphony Lit, you must notify us immediately... but if you are still interested in publication at Polyphony Lit, then please do not withdraw your submission. If we choose to accept a previously published submission for publication, we will acknowledge the site of the original publication.
  • Pieces that have been published elsewhere are not eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Young Writers..

Length

  • Poetry must be 80 lines or less.
  • Fiction and creative nonfiction must be 1,800 words or less.
  • Submissions that exceed limits will not be accepted.

Formatting​

  • Do not put your name on the piece, as all work is blind juried.
  • Poetry should be formatted flush left unless another format, such as centering, is an integral part of the piece's meaning.
  • We accept submission in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats.
  • We prefer common conventions:
    Color: Black & white
    Font Size: 12 pt throughout, including titles
    Font Type: Times or Times New Roman
    Margins: 1-inch at the top and bottom, and 1.25 inch at the left and right. One space after periods. There should be no extra returns after paragraphs unless you have a meaningful reason for the extra space.

Using Submittable

  • Please upload submissions through Submittable. We do not accept email submissions or hard copies via mail.
  • If you submit a revision of a piece that has already been returned to you, type the abbreviation (REV), in parentheses, after the title you enter.​
  • There is no fee to submit.
  • By submitting my Work to Polyphony Lit, I, the AUTHOR of this Work, agree to the terms and conditions outlined in our https://www.polyphonylit.org/privacy-policy.

Additional Guidelines for Creative Nonfiction​

  • Because of the flexibility of form that marks much of Creative Nonfiction, the genre is not easily defined; at Polyphony Lit, we look for creative nonfiction pieces that are written in the style of personal essays or short memoirs. We are looking for pieces that are informal, flexible in form, and most importantly, personal. Personal discovery is the keystone of a personal essay. Self-revelation, human experiences, humor, and flexibility of form are all aspects that we look for in pieces we publish as creative non-fiction.
  • We do not look for op-ed pieces, critical analyses, research papers, or academic essays (unless the academic essay in question takes a creative approach and is written as a personal reflection).
  • We would advise reading some samples of our work, in order to understand the type of material that we publish. Here are some samples of creative nonfiction that we have published recently:
  • Memories of the Boy I Didn't Know
  • responses to love
  • Holiday in a Burning City

Art Guidelines

Artist Qualifications​

  • High school students (aged 14-18) from anywhere in the world are eligible to submit.
  • For the art category, we welcome multiple submissions.

Artwork Guidelines​

  • Submitted artwork will be considered for any of the following categories: (1) Cover Art (which will appear both on the website and in print), (2) T-Shirt Art (which will appear in our online store), and (3) Promotional Art (which will appear on social media, on our website, and in our online workshops).
  • The T-shirt art winner will receive $150 and a free t-shirt featuring their design.
  • Images must be a .PNG or .JPG file.
  • Images must be at least 2700 x 1800 pixels. Images with low resolution will not be eligible for cover art or t-shirt printing.
  • Images must have a resolution of at least 300 DPI (dots per inch).
  • Portrait orientation is preferred.
  • For the purpose of t-shirt printing, your artwork may be edited in order to create a color palette that works for printing.
  • Polyphony means “many voices,” which you can use as inspiration for your design. You are not limited to that theme, as we are looking for the creativity and imagination of your visual art to be a match for the wide-ranging literary works contained in our annual volume.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but if the piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately. Only previously unpublished works are eligible.
  • All submissions must be original and may include drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, or mixed media.


Using Submittable​

  • In the submission form, please select "Cover Art" as the genre for your submission.
  • Please upload submissions through Submittable. We do not accept email submissions or hard copies via mail.
  • Upload only one piece per submission file; to submit more than one piece, make more than one submission file.
  • There is no fee to submit.
  • We do not provide feedback on cover art submissions. If your piece is accepted for publication, we will notify you at the close of our submission cycle.
  • By submitting my Work to Polyphony Lit, I, the AUTHOR of this Work, agree to the terms and conditions outlined in our https://www.polyphonylit.org/privacy-policy.

“How to Be a Literary Editor” Scholarship Application

Students who fill out this form will be offered a full scholarship for the “How to Be a Literary Editor” course, if they qualify for financial aid.

We are a nonprofit with aim to reach all students. In order to open our staff to students from low-income communities, we offer to waive the $75 enrollment fee for students who qualify for financial aid.

You may apply for the scholarship by filling out the form below or by emailing david@polyphonylit.org.

"How to Be a Literary Editor"

This course teaches high school and college students how to edit poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Our editorial method, developed over 15 years of teaching our own staff the craft of editing, offers a standard approach for tackling each submission and gives an overview of the specific editing vocabulary useful for giving meaningful feedback.

Students who complete the course will be prepared to join the staff of their school literary magazine, ace an internship at a real-world lit magazine, and/or join Polyphony Lit.  The course also includes a guide for literary magazine interns published by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses [clmp] which will introduce students to the administrative and business aspects of producing a literary magazine.

Features of this course:

Students who pass the mini-quizzes and complete the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Completion and an invitation to join the Polyphony Lit editorial staff.

For High School Literary Magazine Advisers: If your school is interested in using the workshop to train your high school editorial staff, please contact us for more information and a discount on volume purchases.

Scholarship Qualifications

  • High school student or equivalent.
  • Financial need: public school students who qualify for free/reduced lunch; private school students receiving financial aid; students whose family financial situation has been affected by the pandemic.
  • Has access to computer/device and Wifi to take the online workshop.
  • Plans to complete the online workshop, which takes 3-5 hours, by June 2022.
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