A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art


Submissions are closed until further notice. Please check back in 2018. Below, in the meantime, are our submission requirements in case you want to bookmark Hypernova Lit for the future.

Here is the most important thing we can tell you:



Are you proud of it? Beautiful! Then send it.

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. Try to keep your submission under ten pages, and if you have several poems or stories, submit them all at once, not separately.

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, video with music, video of performance, video of process, ALL art. Please submit all at once, not separately.

The Rundown on How We Want It

All work must be submitted via Submittable. If you do not already have an account, you will be prompted to create one.

In the cover letter box on Submittable:

  • Title(s) and genre(s) of what you are submitting
  • Your name
  • Your high school/program/facility, etc.
  • Your city of residence
  • Your age
  • A sentence or two about what your work means to you, how it makes you feel, why you create, etc.
  • How/where your heard about Hypernova Lit


Celebrate! You sent work out into the world. You are brave and amazing.

If you have any questions at all, please email hypernovalit@gmail.com.

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 each 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We do not publish works that have been published anywhere else, except perhaps in a high school literary magazine that is not nationally distributed. 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.

All work is welcome. We are nice and we are dying to hear/see/feel what you have to say.

8 comments on “SUBMIT

  1. Kenya peck 10th grade
    May 11, 2015

    i would like to ask a couple opf questions about what we need to write in order for uss to at lesat be acknowlaged within the program..


  2. Alexie Vera Piasan Magaway
    August 14, 2016

    Will there be prizes for the chosen works?


  3. Alexis
    August 17, 2016

    I actually have several questions if you’ve got the time. For starters, is there a registration fee? What about word count limits? Do you show this work to various colleges, like Harvard or Stanford? How far does the publication reach? Could I submit an entire book? I’ve only got the first four chapters so far and I’ve got five hundred words on another piece I’m working on. Do you have to join Hypernova Lit in order to submit?


    • Chelsea Laine Wells
      August 17, 2016

      Hypernova Lit is just an online journal, there’s nothing to join. There is no fee to submit or read Hypernova. I haven’t established any word count limits- that’s more on a case by case basis. But I probably wouldn’t want to publish anything over a few thousand words, approximately. Regarding an entire book, no, this isn’t an appropriate venue to submit a whole book- instead, you could submit a chapter or an excerpt. I don’t market Hypernova Lit directly to any colleges or institutions. The magazine is small and has a somewhat limited reach at this point, mainly via social media and word of mouth. Let me know if you have more questions. You can leave them here or email me at hypernovalit@gmail.com.


  4. JuJu
    October 17, 2016

    What are the deadlines?


    • Chelsea Laine Wells
      October 17, 2016

      There are no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. Please send us work whenever you like!


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