Gnashing Teeth Publishing is accepting submissions for Volume 2 of SHE: Seen. Heard. Engaged. Send us words and art. We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, short essays, and artwork from girls aged 8-18, describing the experience of being a girl in America, at this time in history. There is a lot going on around the world at this time. The feelings and attitudes of youth are often not considered; but young women have strong opinions about the future, their values, and the causes they take up and fight. What is your perspective, as a young person? What do you see? How do you feel about it? What is going on inside your mind and heart? Nothing is off limits and there is no judgment. Put it all on the page. We want to hear difficult secrets, radical ideas, and unbridled joy. Please read the guidelines. Use our Contact Form for any questions, but not for submissions.
TOPIC: “Being a girl in America today.”
Female and female-identifying youth ages 8 – 18. Open to U.S.. residents (legal status does not matter) only.
Poetry can be on any subject related to the main topic. Submit up to 3 poems in any style, up to 3 pages per poem. Each poem should be on a separate page. Use 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial. Put “END” at the end of each poem.
Flash fiction and creative non-fiction should be no longer than 1,500 words. Submit up to 1 piece in each category. Use 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial. Do NOT double space.
Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words. When appropriate, please include any citations. Don’t worry about formatting the citation, as long as we can find the source. Citations are not included in the word count. Use 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial. Do NOT double space.
We are seeking cover art and interior illustrations. If you are submitting for cover art, please do not use the title as part of the artwork. All forms of art and illustration are encouraged, including, but not limited to: watercolor, pen and ink, graphic design, cartoon/illustration, photography, and collage. State in your cover letter if the artwork is intended for cover art or as an interior illustration. Submissions of artwork should be formatted as .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .png, or .pdf.
There is no cover letter requirement. Please fill out all form fields.
Send us words and art using the Submission Form below. If the form isn’t loading on your phone, please use a desktop/laptop computer. If you are still experiencing loading problems, use the Contact Us button to send us a message, but not to submit. Submissions are open through February 28, 2022. You will be notified by March 15, 2022, if your piece was selected for inclusion in the anthology.
All accepted contributors will receive a copy of the anthology as payment.
We are committed to including underrepresented voices. We encourage all female and female-identifying youth aged 8-18 to submit regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, citizenship status, ability, or national origin.