Hot Dish Magazine
There are presently no open calls for submissions.
WHO ARE WE?
Hot Dish Magazine is an annual online literary journal serving up a bubbling mixture of poetry and short fiction from Midwestern teens (grades 9-12 from one of the following states: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI). 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 the tasty literature from the Midwest (because we are more than just flyover states and corn fields). 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 the work is subsequently reproduced online or in print.