CICADA is an
online 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. Our readers are smart and
curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes.
CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.
Especially welcome: works by people of
color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ people, nonbinary people, and other
marginalized peoples. Not welcome: cultural appropriation.
Fav writers, YA and otherwise: Sarah
McCarry, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherman Alexie, David Levithan, Daniel Jose
Older, Debbie Urbanski, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie, Ntozake Shange, Anne Carson, Jacqueline Woodson, ZZ Packer, Ursula
Vernon, Angela Nissel, Sofia Samatar, Leigh Bardugo, Richard Siken, Malory
Ortberg, Saeed Jones, Octavia Butler, Andrea Gibson
@cicadamagazine / cicadamagazine.tumblr.com
Current Calls for Submission
Call for Submissions: Family
Deadline: April 13, 2018
CICADA YA/teen lit magazine seeks
fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Family. We want to see
honest works exploring all aspects of family life, whether it be family by
relation or a family of choice. What connects a family? What might break it apart?
How do we define family? In what ways do our familial connections heal or harm
us? We are especially interested in works depicting found families and other
nontraditional/nonnuclear families—show us how the family you build can be just
as strong as (or stronger than!) the one you are born with.
Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction
Deadline: rolling deadline
Wanted: your flash fic. Submit here!
Limit: 1000 words. Oh! Who are we? We edit Cicada, the finest YA lit/comics
mag in the land! Relevant to our interests: literature, teens, literature about
teens, SFF, feminist fairy tales, aliens, shapeshifters, ghosts, and witches
Especially excited to hear from LGBTQIA+ writers, writers with disabilities,
and writers of color. Bonus points if your story plays with form: a grocery
list, a GoFundMe, a Twitter feed… (Listen, we never said we were good at
brevity. We're not. That's where you come in.) SUBMITTTTTTTT!
Before submitting, be sure to familiarize
yourself with our magazine. Sample issue here.
Realism, SF/fantasy, historical fiction:
Yes, yes, and yes
Length: flash fic to novellas; up to
Narrative nonfic (especially
teen-written); essays on lit/culture/arts; hybrid forms
Length: up to 5,000 words
Length: no length limits. Send us yer
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. We commission original stories from a brief pitch,
and give developmental feedback through the production process.
If you are interested in submitting,
please submit a short pitch/sketch(es) to the “Comics” section below. Please be
sure to include a link to your portfolio in the body of your cover letter. We
will try to respond to comics submissions within 6 months.
- We only
accept online submissions, and the Submittable page you're currently
on is the only place we accept them. We do not accept
hard-copy submissions or email submissions. Submittable accepts
- Please do NOT
email unsolicited submissions to editors or Customer Service. Your
submission will not receive a response unless it is submitted through
Cricket Media’s literary magazines
(BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, CRICKET, and CICADA) will consider all manuscripts
that are sent on speculation. We do not accept queries. For everything except
comics, please submit a complete manuscript. (Manuscript should be submitted as
a .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf file.) 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.
We will try to respond to all submissions
within 6 months.
What Happens Next?
The Manuscript Review Process
manuscripts are received, they 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.
submissions are then carefully reviewed by several editors, including the
- The magazine
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
- 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
(which acceptance shall only be binding upon your signing a final
agreement that embodies agreed-upon rights and terms).
- 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.
- Fiction: up
to 10¢ per word
up to 25¢ per word
- Poems: up to
$3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum
We’re always looking for new artists! If you’re interested in sharing your
portfolio with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Use ONLINE PORTFOLIO SAMPLE
as the subject line if you are emailing a link to an online portfolio. Use
PORTFOLIO SAMPLES as the subject line if you are emailing attachments. Please
limit any emailed file to a maximum attachment size of 50 KB.
Because of the volume of portfolios we receive, we cannot reply to
individual submissions. We will be in touch if we have a project for you!