Misty Mint Magazine

Misty Mint Magazine is a fresh new literary journal run primarily by students from the Hugo House Young Writers Cohort (with some support from the Hugo House Youth Programs team!) and was founded with inspiring youth voices in mind.

As passionate young writers ourselves, we recognize the importance of providing a safe space for youth to express themselves, regardless of their experience, background, ethnicity, and/or identity. Through our words, we share unique perspectives in a world that needs to hear them.

We also acknowledge the weight of our histories and the power of our identities. By showcasing our incredible works of prose, poetry, and everything in between, we aim to amplify the voices of all writers who have been historically marginalized or silenced in the publishing world. So, to the young writers who have felt unheard in the past, this is your time to shine! Whether your pieces are pristine or still a bit rough around the edges, whether they’re hopeful or despondent, whether they speak truth to our lived realities or envision worlds outside of our own, we encourage you to share your work with us!

As you look through the pages of Misty Mint Magazine, you’ll see the many pasts, presents, and futures of these diverse young writers. By the time you turn over the last leaf of this journal, we hope you’ll come away feeling empowered in this ever-changing world.

— Allison, Anthony, Josie, Olivia L., Olivia Z., and Sophia
Hugo House Young Writers Cohort 2022

Submission for Issue #1

For our first issue, Misty Mint Magazine is accepting work inspired by the theme of The Unexpected. If you’re a young writer ages 5-19 and interested in submitting, click on the submission form to read more about this theme.

See our General Submission Guidelines below to learn how you can submit your works for consideration. Whether you adhere strongly to the theme or are inspired to write something loosely related, we welcome your submissions!

General Submission Guidelines

Misty Mint Magazine accepts work by writers ages 5-19.

Pieces must be written in Times New Roman font, size 12, with 1-inch margins. Pages should be double spaced, and files are accepted in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Please be sure to name your submitted document(s) in the following format: Lastname, Firstname_Genre_Name of Piece. Please DO NOT include your name anywhere within the document you submit

Writers can submit up to five pieces total, and each piece should be no more than five pages. We accept written work in the following genres: 

  • Poetry – in any poetic structure or format, or spacing style (single space OK!) 
  • Fiction – including short story, playwriting
  • Creative Nonfiction – including memoir, essay
  • Other – please specify (example: poetic memoir, graphic essay) 

Please note that we will not accept submissions that discriminate against others, contain gratuitous violence, or plagiarize existing pieces. We also ask that writers include content warnings on their pieces, which can be indicated in our submission portal.

We also accept cover art submissions! Submitted pieces for the cover must follow these guidelines: 

  • Submit your work as a 5.75” x 9” high-quality png file. Please note that the 0.25” inch bordering your image will exist in the “bleed,” which is an area that may be cut off during the printing process.
  • Misty Mint Magazine issue text, including title, subtitle, and volume information will be added to your cover work. General areas where this text will be located can be found in the below cover image template. Please avoid putting content you do not want to be covered up in these designated spaces.
  • For a visual diagram of bleed areas & designated text areas, please refer to our cover image template. 

We reserve the right to edit your cover submission to fit our printing & design specifications. Misty Mint Magazine issue text, including title, subtitle, and volume information will be added to your cover work. However, we will not make changes to the content of the art itself. By submitting your cover art, you agree to these guidelines. 

Our submission window opens July 15, 2022 and will close on September 25, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT.
You will hear back from us about whether one or more of your pieces is accepted for publication by no later than
November 23, 2022 in an email from youth@hugohouse.org, sent to the email address you include with your submission. Please do not contact us ahead of that date. Publication for this first issue will be in January 2023 in both online and print versions. 

If your work is not accepted, please do not feel discouraged—it is not a reflection of your skill, but rather a reflection of our limited capacity. Your voice deserves to be heard, and we encourage you to resubmit to future editions!

Submit Your Work

Please upload one piece per form submission. You may submit up to five times.

The submission window will close on September 25, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT.

Enter the Misty Mint Magazine Logo Design Contest!

Using the name “Misty Mint” and its mission statement as inspiration, design a logo for Misty Mint Magazine! This logo will be featured across all Misty Mint platforms, including our print & digital publications, website, and social media. Misty Mint Magazine will always credit the winning artist in media where the logo is used (for example, within the printed & online journal).

The logo design submissions window is open now and will close on October 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT. The winner will be announced at the teen Stage Fright event, as well as on our social media platforms, on November 30, 2022.

Get more info and submit your work here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Misty Mint Magazine accepts all work, even if it has been published elsewhere. If your work has been published previously, please tell us the following:

  • Where your work was published (and a link, if online)
  • When it was published
  • If it is eligible for republication
  • If accepted, we will acknowledge the site of the original publication

Please be sure to read the Submission Guidelines above carefully to ensure that your work meets our criteria for acceptance.

Yes! However, if your publication is accepted elsewhere after submitting to Misty Mint Magazine, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing youth@hugohouse.org. In the email, please let us know if you are still interested in having your submission considered or if you’d like to withdraw your submission.

If you are still interested in having your submission considered, tell us the following:

  • Where your work will be published
  • When it will be published
  • If it is eligible for republication

If accepted, we will acknowledge the site of the original publication.

Absolutely! However, please include English translations for any non-English words, phrases and sentences for your piece.

Young writers ages 5-19 are welcome to submit!

Our submission window opens July 15, 2022 and will close on September 25, 2022 at 11:59pm PT. You will hear back from us about whether one or more of your pieces is accepted for publication by no later than November 23, 2022 in an email from youth@hugohouse.org, sent to the email address you include with your submission. Please do not contact us ahead of that date.

Misty Mint Magazine uses a multistage review process designed to best meet the mission of our literary magazine. One review stage is conducted anonymously in order for our editors to focus solely on the quality and content of the work, and another review stage considers the identifying information shared by writers and artists in the submissions portal. Editorial review also takes into consideration layout, balancing genres published and age range of submitters.

Misty Mint Magazine is operated by talented, driven, and exceptionally thoughtful students from the Hugo House Young Writers Cohort. Since its inception, these young writers have worked tirelessly to build the foundations of Misty Mint Magazine—from crafting its mission, naming the publication, and designing the submission and review process, making this truly a literary journal that is by youth, for youth.