Simply put, we want your best work. We want well-crafted work that is worthy of our audience - young adults.

The best way to get a feel for the kind of writing and art we aim to publish is to review the work that is available in past issues.

For all submissions:

Please include a cover letter and a brief biography with your submission.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you please notify us if they are accepted elsewhere so that we can celebrate with you.

We currently accept only work created by those over 20, so as to not conflict with our targeted reading audience of 12 to 19.

We will respond to your work within sixty days of receiving. If you have not received word after this point, you may feel free to query us directly at

We charge three dollars per submission so that we may cover our operating costs and work towards paying our writers and artists. This does not go to our team. We are not paid. This is a labor of love for all of us at The Passed Note.

For now, we can pay selected artists and writers an honorarium of ten dollars.

To ensure a diversity of voices, we ask that authors we publish wait one year after publication to resubmit. Thank you.

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After two years of publishing the work of adult writers for teens, we are featuring our very first teen writing contest!

We are asking you (if you're a teen aged 12 - 19) to submit your poetry, non-fiction, and fiction writing! 

Submissions open October 1st and close November 30. Three winners, announced on December 15th, will be featured in our February issue, and each win a cash prize of $20 USD.

Here's what we are looking for: 

Please only submit once per genre and mark the genre and word count in your submission title. All submissions must please be under 2,000 words. All submissions should be your very best work. We believe in you.

Poetry: No more than 3 poems per submission.  Each poem must be on its own page.

Fiction and Non Fiction: As stated above, must be under 2,000 words. Please refrain from using Courier and Courier New. 

Best of luck!


Please submit only one work of short fiction (under 4,000 words) as a .doc or .docx. Please do not submit in Courier or Courier New. 


Please submit up to three previously unpublished poems in a single file (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) via our submissions manager. All poems should begin on a new page.

Please submit only one work of short non-fiction (under 4,000 words) as a .doc or .docx. Please do not submit in Courier or Courier New.


In the realm of visual art, we accept photographs, comics,  and paintings. 

Often, we fall in love with an artist's aesthetic, and typically choose one artist per issue. As such, it is not infrequent that we publish more than one piece per artist--which means more $$ for you! (For this, you may submit up to six pieces.)

For now, we pay selected artists and writers an honorarium of ten dollars per piece.

Please submit at 300 dpi as a .jpeg.

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