Gnashing Teeth Publishing is accepting submissions for our newest anthology, 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.



Female and female-identifying youth ages 8 – 18. Open to U.S. residents (legal status does not matter) only.

TOPIC: “Being a girl in America today.”


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 & Creative Non-Fiction

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.

Short Essays

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.

Artwork And Illustrations

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.


Include your name, age, address, email address, school attending (if applicable), and parent/guardian contact information. Include a short bio, up to 60 words


Send us words and art to Any submissions sent through our contact form will be deleted without comment. Submissions are open through Jan 31, 2021. You will be notified by Feb 28, 2021, if your piece was selected for inclusion in the anthology.


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.


All accepted contributors will receive a copy of the anthology as payment.