Let's face it, teens deal with a lot. Between school, a global pandemic, and other stressors (like the fact that being a teenager is just weird), teens don't always have time to be creative, or an outlet to do so. That's why we created this teen zine, Teen Spotlight! You can get creative by submitting your own work or be inspired by the unique submissions of teens in your area. It's a perfect excuse for a break, and a way to connect with other teens through their art! See the information below for guidance on what to submit and how to be part of Teen Spotlight!

Submitting Your Digital Content

Teen Spotlight is accepting submissions for its Fall 2021 publication. The theme for this issue is reimagining a traditional tale. Fairy tales, folklore, mythology, historical events — the options are endless.

We encourage teens in Richmond City and its surrounding counties to submit their art and/or written work. We are looking for a diverse range of submissions including drawings, photographs, poetry, essays, mixed media, short stories, or any other written/visual representation of your creativity! Submitting your work is free and the process only takes a few minutes but must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submissions should be from teens ages 12-19 living in Richmond City and its surrounding counties.
  • Submissions are limited to one entry per teen including one image or a document of no more than 800 words. All work over 800 words will automatically be disqualified.
  • Accepted file formats are jpg, png, or PDF.
  • Submissions should be your own original work and you should own the right to it. Work submitted by someone other than the creator will not be accepted.
  • Content should be appropriate for teen audiences.
  • Deadline is September 25, 2021.

The inclusion of submissions in Teen Spotlight will be at the editors’ discretion. The editors reserve the right to conduct light editing on submissions. For questions, email medialab.rpl@gmail.com.