for teens, by teens

Canvas Teen Literary Journal is published quarterly in print, ebook, web, video, and audio formats.

Writing Submissions

Submissions were closed temporarily, but are now re-opened. Visit this link to read more about our transition to a different form provider.

We are seeking writers ages 13-18 to submit:


Fiction – Please limit submissions to 5,000 words.

Novel Excerpts - Novel and memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained (work as a complete narrative).

Poetry – You may submit more than one poem, but please do not exceed 5 pages worth of poetry.

Plays - Please follow standard play format. Limit to 10 pages.

Nonfiction – Essays, memoir, creative nonfiction. Please limit submissions to 5,000 words.  

New Media – Video, images, etc fine for website. But must be accompanied by written version to be considered for print and eBook.

Cross-genre - Experimental work (prose poems, art and writing, fiction and nonfiction hybrids) are highly encouraged, but please keep to the word limit for fiction.

We DO NOT accept:

Book reports
Fanfiction — Except for literary works with historical significance such as Shakespeare, classical mythology, etc.
School assignments*
 — Poetry and short stories are accepted as long as significant creative effort was put into them.

*read the guidelines below to find out more details about exceptions.


Please read all of the following before submitting. Thank you.


Upon acceptance, Canvas acquires first North American serial publication rights, after which the copyright reverts to the author. 

These guidelines are put in place to give you the best chance of getting your work accepted into our journal, please follow them.

  • Please don't send us any schoolwork. As stated above, we do not accept school essays or book reports. As a general rule of thumb, if your piece has citations, we are probably not the right journal for that piece. We may accept creative writing assignments if they are written smartly and with passion. If you just wrote something for a grade or because you had to, please do not submit it.
  • Be smart with your humor. We love funny work, really, there's nothing better than a good laugh, but if you are going to submit a humorous or satirical piece, make sure that it actually delivers. Random and funny are not the same thing.
  • Cover pages are unnecessary. The information you include in your bio is enough for us. Addressing pieces to our head editor or adding comments to your piece like, "I hope you like my poem!" is sweet, but unnecessary. Each of our readers will read your piece and decide whether or not it should be considered for publication based solely on the content of the work.
  • We are a serious creative journal. All of our teen board members put a lot of work into running this journal, and we take it very seriously. That being said, only send us something you think is creative, original, and of good quality. Please don't send us something you purposely wrote poorly to be "funny" (see bullet #2). 


Canvas strives to give each piece we receive individual, critical, and in-depth attention. In order to do this, we must keep the number of submissions we receive each quarter (per issue) below 500. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to email us at if you have any questions.


Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


We do not currently accept work that has been previously published. However, we will make an exception for work that was published in a school literary journal or a personal website. If you need further clarification, please contact


To submit cover art, visit the Submit Your Art page.

Please use the form below for all submissions.


© Canvas Literary Journal 2016
Writers & Books
Rochester, NY