and the ones we all worshipped are
starting families alone
the boy i had a crush on when i was thirteen has
replaced his schoolboy charm with a drinking problem
and my first date is now a cigar smoke cloud floating
around the town he swore he’d never get stuck in
i wonder if the ones like me who were
not considered cool but not uncool either
not noticed, really
are doing the same things i am
going about their days in the margins
scuffling between popularity and lonerism
and holding their tongues when someone asks
them why they’re like this because hey,
it’s no fun admitting you weren’t
very cool in high school"
asked by Anonymous
I really don’t know! I’ve never submitted to any lit mags. I’m sorry. I’m publishing this and hoping my followers can help you out!
maroogundy said: Winter Tangerine Review is one I’ve submitted to, I think all of its contributors are teens/young adults and it’s run by one (Yasmin Belkhyr, if I spelled it right). She also has a tumblr.
arsenalhearted said: downdirtyword.com
those are a few to start with (i’ve been published in the first too. i highly recommend words dance. amanda oaks is a lovely amazing supportive human). i would remind your anon that any magazine can be a fit for any writer (as opposed to a teen writer looking specifically for teen magazines). you just need to make sure that you read some of the stuff they publish and see if your style fits them. :)
- My therapist:
Look at nature. Look at flowers. We never walk into our garden and say "Oh wouldn't that flower be so much more pretty if it were taller? Or red instead of pink?" No, we don't. Because nature was created perfect just as it is. And so are we. We are part of nature, we are how we're meant to be, we are perfect just as we are.