It can take guts to own your story and find pride in it. Cicada wants to see your manifestos--poetry and art that shouts, "I'm here! This is me! This is what I'm about!" Submissions are due by midnight on July 20, 2017.


If you’re entering art, here are a few tech reminders:  

  • Can be full color or black and white, but all pieces will appear in black and white
  • Digital art submissions should be 300 dpi
* Note: all photos must be your own work (no collages of other peoples’ copyrighted images!) and no showing trademarks or unauthorized images. See details at our official rules

Contest is open to legal residents, age 14-23 at time of entry, of the 50 United States (and District of Columbia), Canada (other than Quebec) and only those countries in which this contest is fully permitted by law. Residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korean, Sudan, and Syria are expressly prohibited. Family members of employees of Carus Publishing Company (the Sponsor) and affiliates, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to enter or win.  BY SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY, YOU AGREE TO THE OFFICIAL RULES FOR THIS CONTEST, WHICH GOVERN YOUR SUBMISSION AND ARE AVAILABLE HERE. If we publish your submission in Cicada, you will receive two complimentary copies of the issue (ARV: $7.95 apiece). All Contest entries are assumed for publication and become the property of Cricket Media, Inc. and its parent/affiliates, the Contest sponsor. IF YOU ARE A MINOR, YOUR PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN WILL NEED TO COMPLETE A PUBLICITY RELEASE ON YOUR BEHALF IN CONNECTION WITH A PARTICULAR CONTEST. Please read our WEBSITE’s Terms and Conditions


Submit your pieces using the form below. (We do not accept hard copy submissions.)


Note: Creative Endeavors is a poetry and art contest for ages 14-23. Click here to check out our general submission guidelines for adults and teens!