A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art
All work is welcome. We are nice and we are dying to hear/see/feel what you have to show us. This is the most important thing we can tell you: WHAT YOU SEND US DOES NOT NEED TO BE PERFECT AND POLISHED. IT JUST NEEDS TO BE IMPORTANT TO YOU. Are you proud of it? Great! Then send it.
NOTE: We are NOT a contest or competition site. Hypernova Lit does not hold any writing/art contests and we do not award prizes. We publish work – that’s all.
Some Details on What We Want
We want work that connects to the heart and the gut. We want honesty and fearlessness. We want risk. We do not censor. All content is welcome. Hit us with everything you’ve got.
WRITING: Any and all types of writing are welcome. Short stories, prose poetry, traditional poetry, blackout poetry, creative accounts of your life and experiences, essays about yourself, essays about what you love, plays, scripts, letters, lists, rants, lyrics, journal writing, dream writing, ALL writing.
ART: Any and all types of visual art are welcome. Photography, digital art, sketches, paintings, charcoal and chalk drawings, pen and ink, portraits, sculpture, pottery, textiles, fashion, tattoo flash, calligraphy, graffiti art, sketchbooks, mixed media with text and visual, collages, ALL art.
NOTE: While we are definitely open to anything you would like to show us, we’re particularly interested in work that addresses the current social and political climate of the U.S. – Black Lives Matter, immigration issues, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, feminism, #metoo, school shootings, etc. – OR the social and political climate of where YOU live. We want to know what you think about it and how you deal with it.
The Rundown on How We Want It
Writing should be attached in a Word Doc or a PDF, or pasted directly into the email. Send all your submissions in one email.
Art should be attached in JPG or PNG form, or pasted directly into the email (if the file is not too big). Send all your submissions in one email.
In the SUBJECT of the email say what it is (story, poem, photography, drawing, or just writing or art).
In the BODY of the email tell us:
Email your work to: email@example.com
And then celebrate! You sent work out into the world. You are brave and amazing.
The Technical Stuff
Some work accepted for publication might undergo an editing process between the artist and the editor. If you are under 18 and your work is accepted for publication, you and your parent or guardian will need to sign a release for the work published.
We do not publish works that have been published anywhere else, except perhaps in a high school literary magazine that is not nationally distributed, or on your blog or personal website. We acquire exclusive first-time Internet rights for all works we publish. Works are also archived online. All other rights, including the right to publish in print form, revert to contributors.
We ask for three months of exclusivity before the work is published elsewhere. Should the work get picked up by another publication after Hypernova Lit, even if it is re-edited, we ask for the standard industry credit–something along the lines of “This work originally appeared in Hypernova Lit,” with either a hyperlink to your work or to the Hypernova homepage (www.hypernovalit.com).
As much as we would love to pay our contributors, it’s just not in the budget.
If you have any questions at all about anything, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.