Submission Guidelines:

Writer of the Week 

We are looking for the very best teen writing of Chicago. We seek to feature a different teen writers every week. We are open to any style of writing. 

By submitting, you are giving ChiTeen Lit Fest permission to publish your work if selected. 

We will not accept work that is racist, homophobic, misogynistic, anti-semitic, sexist, agist, or any other form of writing that may be offensive or hurtful to others. In regard to explicit language, we are adverse to cursing without artistic purpose. 

Please submit your best work, the work you are most proud of. 

Submission Format: doc, docx, pdf

Genres We Accept

We accept: Fiction, Poetry, Lyrics/Songs, Essays, Creative Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Blogs, Articles, Plays

Fonts: 11 or 12, Times New Roman, Arial, Serif

Fiction, Essays, Creative Nonfiction, Blog, and Articles, : 

Up to 6 pages, double-spaced about how you feel about the special little things in your life and explain them from a book you had read.


One Scene and games showing how to improve scenes and how to act out a story


Up to 3 poems about how you feel about your life and what inspired you in your life and if you get like scared or writer's block just express yourself by writing out or stating facts about the topics


Up to 2 songs, must have lyrical content showing how you feel about the songs or why you hate the son and what makes you feel emotion about the song and why does the song inspire you to have a message around the song.

Graphic Novel: 

Up to 4 pages 

Chicago Public Library