Teen Ink offers teens the opportunity to publish their creative work and opinions in a national magazine, book series, and website. Teen Ink is devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and forums. The publications offer some of the most thoughtful and creative work generated by teens today.
Teen Ink’s role is to provide a forum in which teens can express themselves through poetry, essays, stories, reviews, art and photography on issues that affect their lives – everything from love and family to school, current events, and self-esteem.
There are no staff writers or artists; the publications depend completely on submissions from teenagers around the world for its content. Hundreds of thousands of students, aged 13 -19, have submitted their work and more than 55,000 teens have been published since 1989.
ALL teenagers are encouraged to submit work to Teen Ink. Over 100,000 students submit work for publication each year, and the editors review each individual piece. If accepted for publication, the submission is first published on the website. From there, editors chose the best of the best to include in the monthly print magazine. Although not every submission is published, many teens report that the creative process itself is satisfying and rewarding.
Teen Ink is available in public libraries and schools in Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound area. In fact, it has the largest distribution of any publication of its kind and is distributed in schools and libraries nationwide.
Teen Ink is an independent print publication of The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that supports all Teen Ink publications. The foundation is devoted to helping teens share their own voices, while developing reading, writing, creative and critical-thinking skills. All proceeds from the print magazine, website and Teen Ink books are used exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to further our goals.