Ends on August 15, 2018

Hey, we're [Y]volve Publishing and we're Chicago teens who want to publish YOUR stories and poems! And we are now open for submissions for the 2019 Teen Chapbook Series!  

If you are a Chicago teen between the ages of 15-19 interested in becoming a published author, then submit! This is an opportunity to publish your own book, and gain other opportunities within Chicago's literary community and beyond.

Your submission can explore any topic or theme you choose in the genres of Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Hybrid (a manuscript that includes a combination of these three genres).




Important Info You NEED to Know Before Submitting: 

  • Accepted manuscripts will be matched with a professional writer for mentorship inclusive of 2 check-ins. 
  • Selected authors will be able to work on new pieces for consideration in the manuscript.
  • Authors will also be matched with an [Y]volve editor for collaboration and feedback. 
  • This opportunity requires a commitment and engagement of a min. of 6 months.
  • Accepted authors will be required to participate in photo/video shoots, readings, and workshop sessions over the course of developing their books. 
  • Authors are required to submit at least 3 revisions of their manuscript. 
  • Accepted authors will receive a letter of agreement to be reviewed and signed by parents. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your parents before submitting to best understand the commitments if you are selected.

General Guidelines:

  • Must be a Chicago resident. 
  • Must be between the ages of 15-19.
  • We accept manuscripts that explore any topic or theme.
  • Curse with purpose and intention.

Manuscript Guidelines:


  • Acceptable fonts: Times New Roman, Serifs, Garamond 
  • Acceptable fonts sizes: 11 or 12
  • Accepted files. Doc, docx, pdf
  • Only one submission per genre is allowed.

Poetry Guidelines:

  • 10-20 pages of poetry.
  • Each poem must appear on its own page.
  • We discourage centering poems unless there is a specific, artistic reason.
  • Please use page numbers.

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Guidelines: 

  • 2-4 short works.
  • The entire manuscript must total no more than 30 pages, double-spaced.
  • Please use 1 inch margins.
  • Please include page numbers.
  • Please use paragraph breaks.

Hybrid Genre Submissions: 

  • If you would like to submit a hybrid manuscript only one submission is allowed. 
  • Follow formatting guidelines stated above that are relevant to the genres your submission includes. This means, poems should match the poem guidelines and fiction/nonfiction should match those guidelines. 
  • No more than 20 pages of writing.


How many teen authors are chosen each year?


How many books will be printed?

50-75. Authors receive 5 copies each. 

Does it have to fit a certain theme?

No. Feel free to create and explore your own individual theme(s). We want to project YOUR story! 

Do I have to live in Chicago in order to submit?

Yes! At this time, we are focused on providing this outlet and opportunity for Chicago teens. 

Can I make my own cover art?

Cover at is a collaborative process. Authors will be able to work with artists to develop and select the cover art that best represnts their work. 

Will the books be sold?

Yes! Revolving Door Arts manages the sale of books. 

Do I get a profit?

Yes! Authors will be provided a percentage of the net sales. 

Can I submit more than once?

You can submit one manuscript per genre. Only one submission is allowed if you are submitting a hybrid mansucript.

Can I curse?

We know you curse. Period. We don’t want to censor you. Therefore, feel free to curse, but let’s be artists and think about cursing artistically and with creative purpose. However, please be aware that we will not support or publish any work that is racist, misogynist, homophobic, gender bias, or otherwise offensive and derogatory towards others.

This is great! What else do I get? 

While publishing your own books is great in itself, there are many other opportunities that can come along as result of being a Teen Chapbook Series author such as: interviews, readings, and possibly presenting at conferences across the country, and more. These are not guaranteed, but are very likely.

I have other questions that aren't represented here. 

That's perfectly fine! Email us at info@revolvingdoorarts.org. We look forward to reading your work!