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.
Ends on January 5, 2018
If you are a Midwestern teen (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 poems in one .doc or .docx file.

Submission period ends 1/5/18. Notification of accepted submissions will be during the month of January, 2018.

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.

Ends on January 5, 2018
If you are a Midwestern teen (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 750 words), any genre, in a .doc or .docx file.

Submission period ends 1/5/17. Notification of accepted submissions will be during the month of January, 2017.

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


Ends on January 5, 2018
The Hot Dish Challenge offers a recipe creative writers can use to cook up something special. If you are a Midwestern teen (grades 9-12), experiment with this recipe and send us your best results!

The Hot Dish Challenge is to write a Ten to One poem or story.

Submit one short story or one poem for this category as a .doc or.docx file.

Short story: Write a complete story in which the first sentence has ten words, the second sentence nine, and so on until the final sentence consists of only one word

Poem: Write a poem in which the first line consists of ten words, the second line nine words, and so on until the final line consists of a single word.


The fun of following a recipe like the "Ten to One" challenge is to see how even with limited words, you can create a fun and original piece.

Submission period ends 01/05/18. Notification of accepted submissions will be during the month of January, 2018.

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.