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Submission Guidelines

How to write for Imagine

Feature Articles

Imagine accepts queries (proposals) for feature articles. Please do not send completed articles. We prefer to work closely with writers from the beginning to avoid unnecessary rewrites. Because we have a very small editorial staff, we are unable to provide feedback on articles that we have not agreed to publish.

Our issues for the 2014-2015 volume year will focus on:

  • Sept/Oct 2014: Space Exploration [closed for submissions]
  • Nov/Dec 2014: Crossing Cultures
  • Jan/Feb 2015: Marine Science
  • Mar/Apr 2015: Writing
  • May/Jun 2015: The Energy Issue

We are especially interested in hearing from students who participated in summer programs, internships, academic competitions, volunteer work, or other experiences related to these topics. Because we reserve a few pages in each issue for articles unrelated to the issue's theme, we are also interested in pitches for articles on other topics.

A few tips:

  • Submissions and queries should come from the students interested in publishing their work. We appreciate the interest of parents and educators in publishing their students’ writing; however, we want to hear from students themselves. We want to read work that the student believes in and believes is worthy of publication.
  • Imagine is a unique magazine, so please make sure you read at least one issue before submitting your writing to us. If you are not familiar with Imagine, please order a back issue or read a digital issue to make sure your submission is appropriate. We do not publish research papers.

Email your queries to mhartman@jhu.edu.

Creative Minds Imagine

We run three creative writing contests each year for students age 18 and under:

  • Poetry (winners published in Sept/Oct issue)
  • Creative Nonfiction/Essay (winners published in Jan/Feb issue)
  • Short Fiction (winners published in May/June issue).

Read submission guidelines for the current contest here.

Read the winning entries in our most recent contest here.

Off the Shelf

Have you read a great book lately? Imagine readers want to know! We publish reviews of everything from the classics to hot-off-the-press releases. Tell us what you're reading and why you think others would enjoy it. In an upcoming issue, we may publish your name, the title of the book you recommend, and your reasons for recommending it. We may even invite you to expand your recommendation into a featured review for a future issue.

Letters

What do you think of the current issue? Is there an article that you really like, or is there something you’d like us to do better? Write us a letter or send us an e-mail! Depending on the number of responses wer receive, we may publish letters in the following issue.