Monday, March 18, 2013

Canvas Literary Journal

A big HI there TBF Fans from your fan Stephanie!

While everyone is counting down the days to TBF (62 of them!) I thought I would share this pretty amazing opportunity for those of you who are also writers!  Below and attached you will find information about a new TEEN driven online magazine, Canvas, through Writers and Books here in Rochester.  Take a look!  And share the info with others you think might be interested!  I know we have a lot of TBF fans who are writers…so this is perfect.  One of these days I just know we are going to have an author featured at TBF who came to TBF as a teen :)  And you can talk about your participation in a magazine!

If you have any questions about the magazine, please contact Kristen King at Writers and Books: Writers and Books ( will also be at TBF again this year…presenting TWO mini writing workshops.  So you can also stop by their table at TBF and ask all about Canvas :)

I will have to wear a prom dress to TBF and sing to our authors during the opening session because we met our fundraising goal!  Thanks (I think LOL) to all who contributed to TBF or who helped us reach our goal in some way!)

Now from Writers and Books!

Poster with more info

Writers & Books recently received a grant to initiate an online teen magazine both for and by teens - Canvas Literary Journal. Our idea is that the literary publication will exist as it’s own website available to the public and will be available for free downloading on e-readers. The ebook will be published quarterly, and we will accept submissions from any teen between ninth and twelfth grade residing in the greater Rochester area.

Not only will Canvas contain submissions exclusively from teenagers, it would also be run by an editorial board of local high schoolers to insure that each publication is representative of, and faithful to, the voices of Rochester youth. The editorial board is responsible for choosing the general guidelines for each submission, the length of each publication, which submissions to accept, themes for each issue, and the general layout of each publication. We have chosen an editorial board, and they are hard at work on our first publication. 

Now we need submissions. 

We are seeking writers between the ages of 13-18 to submit up to two pieces in the following categories: fiction, poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Each submission must be accompanied by a short author bio including age, grade, and contact information as well as an optional photo. Interested parties can submit pieces in two categories per publication. Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Fiction – Please limit submissions to 2,500 words
  • Poetry – You may submit more than one poem, but please do not exceed five pages worth of poetry.  
  • Creative NonFiction – Please limit submissions to 2,500 words. 
  • Flash Fiction – You may submit more than one flash fiction story, but please do not exceed five pages worth of flash fiction (with a maximum of 500 words per story).
The deadline for submissions for the premiere edition is Wednesday, April 10th, 2013.  For more information, or to submit your piece(s), please email Kristen Zory King at

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