A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art


Submissions are CLOSED AT THIS TIME. Check back in summer 2019, and keep an eye on all the work we’ll be publishing in the meantime – let it inspire you.


If you want to submit work to another magazine, we suggest that you look into:
New Pages – Young Authors Guide
Telling Room – Places to Publish
Gigantic Sequins – Teen Sequins
Blue Marble Review
Sugar Rascals
The Claremont Review
New Moon Girls
Polyphony HS
Teen Ink

When submissions are open, these are our guidelines:

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:

  • Your name and age
  • Where you live
  • Your high school/program/facility, etc. (if you’re not in school, that is perfectly fine)
  • 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

Email your work to: submit2hypernovalit@gmail.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 hypernovalit@gmail.com.


18 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!


  5. Alexandra Adams
    July 27, 2018

    How long does it take until we receive a response from the editors/staff?


  6. Macy
    July 30, 2018

    Hello! Is work that includes swear words acceptable to submit?


  7. CM
    July 31, 2018

    Hello I just wanted to know if you could submit something under an alias if you are not comfortable with sharing your name


    • Chelsea Laine Wells
      August 4, 2018

      Hi! Yes you can. Your actual name needs to be on the consent form but we can publish you under any name you like. We are closed for submissions right now, though. Keep an eye on our submit page for the next open period.


  8. H
    August 8, 2018

    In this competition are there any winners or prizes given? And if my work was to published, could be applicable for colleges to put on my CV as in a certificate or something? Would there be any proof of this publication?


    • Chelsea Laine Wells
      August 8, 2018

      This site does not hold any contests or competitions of any kind. There is no prize or compensation for publication, should your work be accepted. You could put the publication on your CV. The link to the piece itself where it would appear on our website would be your proof. Thanks!


  9. Sha.
    August 11, 2018

    When will we receive a response about our work?


    • Chelsea Laine Wells
      August 12, 2018

      As soon as we can! We are three editors working in our spare time and the volume of submissions was immense so we are working through them as we can. You’ll hear from us soon. 🙂


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