WHO ARE WE?

Hot Dish Magazine is an annual online literary journal serving up a bubbling mixture of poetry and short fiction from teens (grades 9-12) from anywhere in the U.S. The magazine is edited by undergraduate students from various disciplines at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

The majority of writers today began their careers in the halls of their local high school, shouting into the void that is the teenage years and wishing they had a way to make their voices heard. We hear you, we have been there, and we want to give you a chance to be heard as a writer, rather than just a high school student.


WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

We want to give high school students the opportunity to publish their work and showcase their voices. We want to provide an opportunity for high school students to grow as writers, and want to be a welcoming place for young writers to feel supported and encouraged to pursue their passion for writing.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Passion. Different perspectives. Individuality. We are looking for people who want to write, share their work with the world, and put their voices out there. (The formal guidelines for our submissions categories can be found here.)


WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO FOR YOUNG WRITERS? TEACHERS? READERS?

Our magazine opens doors for readers in the Midwest and beyond to a multitude of viewpoints, experiences, and literary perspectives. We are dedicated to promoting literary advocacy by supporting young writing talent and encouraging readership in schools.


Writing, while often solitary, is also largely collaborative. This is also true of Hot Dish. We look forward to providing relevant resources to teachers who encourage and push students creatively. We’ve all had teachers who have stood out in our memories and supported us when everyone else thought we were crazy. Without support from teachers like this, where would any of us be?


In the end, we strive to be a resource for students and teachers alike. We endeavor to offer advice, inspiration, support, encouragement, and ultimately a platform for writers to grow as creative individuals in a world that desperately needs more creative voices offering creative perspectives.


WHAT RIGHTS DO WE ACQUIRE?

If your work is accepted for publication, Hot Dish Magazine acquires First North American Serial Rights  and First Electronic Rights. All rights revert to the writer after  publication. Contributors agree to credit Hot Dish Magazine  if their work is subsequently reproduced online or in print.


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If you are a teen living in the United States (grades 9-12), Hot Dish Magazine wants to publish your delicious descriptions! Send us your most delectable lines and your tangiest slant rhymes. 


Submit 1-3 poems (up to 50 lines each), any form or style.


Please submit up to 3 poems in one .doc or .docx file. Name the submission with the titles of all poems submitted. Example: Wednesday on Fire/Turbulent Spring/Poem for Julia.

Please include your name in the file with your poems.


A $50 prize for the Editor's Choice Award will be awarded to the winning entry in this category.


Entrants will also be considered for a Fine Arts Scholarship to be used if they enroll at Buena Vista University in the future. Scholarships are $2000 for English majors and $2000 non-English majors who are active in the literary arts at BVU (non-majors must participate in FACES or Hot Dish Magazine for scholarship renewal).


Please note: Poems that have appeared in school literary journals may be submitted to Hot Dish Magazine. We do not accept poems that have been previously published in national publications. If your work is accepted for publication, Hot Dish Magazine acquires First North American Serial Rights  and First Electronic Rights. All rights revert to the writer after  publication. Contributors agree to credit Hot Dish Magazine  if the work is subsequently reproduced online or in print.

If you are a teen living in the United States (grades 9-12), Hot Dish Magazine wants to publish your savory stories! Send us your well-seasoned characters. Let us sink our teeth into your chewy plots.


Submit 1 short story (up to 1000 words), any genre, in a .doc or .docx file.

Please use the title of your story as the title of your submission.

Please include your name in the file with your story.


A $50 prize for the Editor's Choice Award will be awarded to the winning entry in this category.


Entrants will also be considered for a Fine Arts Scholarship to be used if they enroll at Buena Vista University in the future. Scholarships are $2000 for English majors and $2000 non-English majors who are active in the literary arts at BVU (non-majors must participate in FACES or Hot Dish Magazine for scholarship renewal).


Please note: Poems that have appeared in school literary journals may  be submitted to Hot Dish Magazine. We do not accept poems that have  been previously published in national publications. If your work is  accepted for publication, Hot Dish Magazine acquires First North American Serial Rights  and First Electronic Rights. All rights revert to the writer after  publication. Contributors agree to credit Hot Dish Magazine  if the work is subsequently reproduced online or in print.




The Hot Dish Challenge offers a recipe creative writers can use to cook up something special. If you are a teen living in the United States (grades 9-12), experiment with this recipe and send us your best results!


The Hot Dish Challenge is to write a poem or short story based on a difficult question.

Directions: Title your poem or story with the question. Include more than one answer to the question in your poem or story. The answers could be from different characters or voices, from one character's interior thoughts and exterior dialogue, or from one character moving through different moods or trying out different answers.

Example: See Tom Wayman's "Did I Miss Anything?"

Please submit ONE (1) short story (up to 1000 words) OR ONE (1) poem (up to 50 lines) for this category as a .doc or .docx file.

Please use the title of your story or poem as the title of your submission.

Please include your name in your file with your story or poem.


Notification of accepted submissions will be during the month of January, 2021. 


A $50 prize for the Editor's Choice Award will be awarded to the winning entry in this category.


Entrants will also be considered for a Fine Arts Scholarship to be used if they enroll at Buena Vista University in the future. Scholarships are $2000 for English majors and $2000 non-English majors who are active in the literary arts at BVU (non-majors must participate in FACES or Hot Dish Magazine for scholarship renewal).


Please note: Poems and stories that have appeared in school literary journals may be submitted to Hot Dish Magazine. We do not accept poems and stories that have been previously published in national publications.

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