Cicada Magazine: Earn up to $2,000 for YA Short Stories

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Cicada Magazine: Earn up to $2,000 for YA Short Stories


Cicada Magazine is open for submissions! They want to see YA short stories, comics, poems and nonfiction essays aimed at a young adult audience.

The editors want to see fiction up to a maximum of 9,000 words with a focus on realism, SF/fantasy or historical fiction.

Articles of narrative nonfiction and essays on literature/culture/arts, especially if written from a teen perspective, are also welcomed. Maximum word count for non-fiction is 5,000 words.

From time to time the editors will request specific themes for upcoming issues. Always check the full submission guidelines to check if any themes are required before submitting.


According to their website, the editors at Cicada want a variety of YA short stories with a specific theme included in their future issues. The theme changes with each issue, as does the deadline, so it’s worth checking back regularly to see what else they may require.

Payment for unpublished stories and articles is up to 25 cents per word. Payment for poetry is $3 per line.

Cicada Magazine may consider reprints, but the pay rate is generally much less than the rate paid for unpublished work.

All stories and articles submitted to Cicada Magazine must be submitted via their online portal at Submittable. Promising manuscripts will be reviewed and editors will work with writers on any revisions that may be required.


You can read the full writer’s submission guidelines here:



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