THE TORCH

Youth Literary Magazine

Issue 01. From the Ashes We Rise

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Our mission is to ignite a fire within youth and make them feel seen and heard.

Open until March 15, 2021

The Torch is an annual literary magazine run by Heard ‘Em Say Youth Arts Collective members. Each Spring we will produce one issue in both digital and print format. We envision creating a space in the world where youth are seen as leaders and their/our voices aren’t dismissed for being “too young.” Here at The Torch, we hold space for all experiences. 

For our first issue, The Torch will be accepting original poetry (written and video submissions) from international middle school to high school students ages 12 to 19. This year’s theme is From the Ashes We Rise. All poets are encouraged to reflect and have fun with this issue’s theme and interpret it how they see fit.

Although we value all stories and experiences of youth, we will not accept any poetry that is intensely graphic, sexual, or violent. Any poems that are about mental health and/or sexual assault/violence, please include a trigger warning specific to the nature of the poem at the end of the poem's title. We do not encourage the use of curse words or profanity. 

DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME ON SUBMISSION DOCUMENT. Each submission will go through an anonymous reading process by our youth and adult staff. Each poet may submit UP TO 5 pieces in the same document (one poem per page). Each poem submitted should be single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt. font, and no longer than 35 lines.

All poets who have their work chosen for the Spring Edition will be mailed a free copy of the Print Edition in which their piece appears. If you submit a video with your poem and it is chosen, it will be featured on the HES YouTube channel.

For questions, please email us at thetorch [at] heardemsay [dot] org. 

Submission Guidelines

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