Cicada 313

A project of Cricket Media (see other related projects)

About

CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Our readers are smart and curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes. CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues. Especially welcome: works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, genderqueer folks, and other marginalized peoples. Not welcome: cultural appropriation. Fav writers, YA and otherwise: Sarah McCarry, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherman Alexie, David Levithan, Daniel Jose Older, Holly Black, Kelly Link, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ntozake Shange, Anne Carson, Jacqueline Woodson, ZZ Packer, Angela Nissel, Sofia Samatar, Malory Ortberg, Saeed Jones, Octavia Butler, Andrea Gibson.

Cicada

Audience

Country of Publication

Young adults. United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 6 x per year.

Fiction Open

Realistic, contemporary, historical, humor, mysteries, fantasy, science fiction

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
G GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
A Action-AdventureOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Contemporary, Historical.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Other (May vary, See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Novelette7,500 - 9,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
P Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open

First-person experiences of interest to teen and young adult readers

Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Other (May vary, See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
EssayUp to 5,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
P Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open

Serious, humorous, rhyming or free verse

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
G GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
A Action-AdventureOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Contemporary, Historical.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Poetry Forms:
Free verse, Light verse, Rhyming.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Other (May vary, See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
PoemUnlimited number of lines; Unknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
S to P Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) to Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated:
06 Oct 2017
Date Added:
25 Jul 2005