We are seeking writers ages 13-18 to submit:

Fiction – Please limit submissions to 5,000 words.
Novel Excerpts - Novel and memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained (work as a complete narrative).
Poetry – You may submit more than one poem, but please do not exceed 5 pages worth of poetry.
Plays - Please follow standard play format. Limit to 10 pages.
Nonfiction – Essays, memoir, creative nonfiction. Please limit submissions to 5,000 words.  
New Media – Video, images, etc fine for website. But must be accompanied by written version to be considered for print and eBook.
Cross-genre - Experimental work (prose poems, art and writing, fiction and nonfiction hybrids) are highly encouraged, but please keep to the word limit for fiction.

We DO NOT accept:

Book reports
Fanfiction — Except for literary works with historical significance such as Shakespeare, classical mythology, etc.
School assignments* — Poetry and short stories are accepted as long as significant creative effort was put into them.
*read the guidelines to find out more details about exceptions.


Please read all of the following before submitting. Thank you.


Upon acceptance, Canvas acquires first North American serial publication rights, after which the copyright reverts to the author. 

Submission Cut-Off

Canvas strives to give each piece we receive individual, critical, and in-depth attention. In order to do this, we must keep the number of submissions we receive each quarter (per issue) below 500. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to email us at canvaslitboard@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Simultaneous Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


We do not currently accept work that has been previously published. However, we will make an exception for work that was published in a school literary journal or a personal website. If you need further clarification, please contact canvaslitboard@gmail.com.


  • Artist must be 13-18 years old.
  • Please title your submissions something more meaningful than "untitled."
  •  Submit 1 image at a time. Fill out the form again for each additional piece.
  • Submit only jpegs or pngs. No PDFs or DOCs.
  • All images must be at least 300 dpi.
  • If we accept your piece, it will be sized at 2550 pixels by 3300 pixels for the cover, so please be sure that your image size is close to that, or that you have a version that is the appropriate size.