Unsolicited submissions are accepted throughout the year. One Teen Story accepts submissions from writers of all ages. 8 of the 12 stories we publish are written by established and emerging adult authors of literary YA fiction. 4 of the 12 are written by teens. For a list of writers we have published in the past, and short samples of their stories, please visit our past issues page.
What kind of stories is One Teen Story looking for?
One Teen Story is looking for great short stories written for the young adult audience ages 13 and up. These stories should deal with the teen experience (issues of identity, friendship, family, coming-of-age, etc.) and should be geared primarily toward an audience of teen readers. With that in mind, gratuitous profanity, sex and drug use are best avoided. We’re open to all genres of literary fiction between 2,000 and 4,500 words. Because of our format, we can only accept stories that are strong enough to stand alone (as opposed to excerpts from novels-in-progress).
Does One Teen Story pay money?
Yes. One Teen Story is offering $500 and 25 contributor copies for first North American serial rights. All rights will revert to the author upon publication.
Does One Teen Story accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Does One Teen Story accept stories translated from other languages?
Yes, however, all manuscripts must be written in English. Translations are accepted, but we will ask to see a copy of the original text.
How do I submit to One Teen Story?
We have an automated system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your story and email you a confirmation that it has been received. To use the automated system, you need to create a One Teen Story account. Using this account you will be able to check the status of your submission at any time by going to our login page. When you are ready to submit please visit our Submission Manager. IMPORTANT: In the “Genre” field, you will be directed to tell us your age range — either 20+ or 13-19. If you’re a teen writer and your story is being considered for publication, we will ask that you provide us with proof of your age.
What file types can I submit?
One Teen Story does not accept paper submissions. All paper submissions will be recycled upon receipt. We accept PDF, RTF, and TXT files that are less than 500KB. Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file. Please also double-space your submission and include page numbers. (Submissions that aren’t double-spaced and don’t include page numbers will go unread and be withdrawn from the system.)
How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
We do our very best to respond to submissions 16 weeks after they are received. If you don’t hear from us right away, please be patient! It is our goal to make sure that each submission is read carefully. We ask that you wait a minimum of six months to send follow-up inquiries. Please send all inquiries by email to and include the phrase “Submissions inquiry” in your subject line.
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