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Cicada 317

A project of Cricket Media (see other related projects)


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.
FICTION: Realistic, contemporary, historical, humor, mysteries, fantasy, science fiction
NONFICTION: First-person experiences of interest to teen and young adult readers
POETRY: Serious, humorous, rhyming or free verse

CicadaUnited States


GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
Action-AdventureOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Contemporary, Historical.
Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.


Audience:Young adults.
Poetry Forms:Free verse, Light verse, Rhyming.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Mainstream.
Topics:Other (May vary, See guidelines).

Types & Lengths

EssayUp to 5,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
PoemUnlimited number of lines; Unknown number of pieces.
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.

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 6 x per year.


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionP Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) per piece.
N NonfictionP Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) per piece.
P PoetryS to P Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) to Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) per piece.

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No OK OKText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No OK OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No OK OKText format submissions

Theme Calendar

AliensF Fiction27 Apr 178
AliensN Nonfiction27 Apr 170
AliensP Poetry27 Apr 170
Puppets and DollsF Fiction02 May 173
Puppets and DollsN Nonfiction02 May 170
Puppets and DollsP Poetry02 May 170

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We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

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Date Added:
25 Jul 2005
Last Updated:
08 Feb 2017