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Teen zine

Deadline for submissions extended till Jan. 31

Artwork by Zoe Brown

We are now accepting submissions for the teen zine, winter 2021 issue: Pandemics. This issue will explore pandemics — both current and historical, real and fictional. We’ve experienced many challenges and difficult changes because of COVID-19, but we’ve also seen positive effects and communities coming together. We now understand pandemics of the past in a different way, and can clearly imagine futuristic pandemic stories. We want to see your creativity reflected in this theme; the good, the bad, the hopeful, the bored, the connected, the lonely and the inspired.

What we’re looking for:

  • Short stories, 750 word max
  • Poetry, 500 word max
  • Book reviews, 250 word max
  • Movie reviews, 250 word max
  • Non-fiction articles, 750 word max
  • Photography
  • Illustrations
  • Comic strips
  • Puzzles

Need ideas? Here’s some examples:

  • Non-fiction article about a historical pandemic like the Spanish Flu
  • Photographs of social distancing in public
  • Artwork of people connecting virtually
  • Short stories about characters living through a fictional pandemic
  • Poetry about isolation and mental health
  • Comic strips about neighbours supporting each other
  • Reviews of books about hobbies you can do at home
  • Crossword using clues related to pandemics

Submission guidelines:

  • Open to teens in Grades 7-12 living in the Lower Mainland
  • Original work only
  • Must explore the theme of pandemics

How to submit:

  • Accepted file types are: .doc, .docx, .jpg, .gif, .png
  • Email your submission as an attachment to
  • Deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Please note:

Due to space limitations, priority will be given to North Shore residents and your submission may not be published. However, we may publish it in a future issue.

Previous editions:

Broaden Your Horizons, a compilation of creative writing, essays, photography, and artwork by North Shore youth, was dreamed up and edited by the Teen Advisory Council at the North Vancouver City Library.

Read the Broaden Your Horizons edition of the teen zine! (PDF)

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