Submissions for the Winter 2019 are now closed. We will open submissions for Spring 2019 in early January 2019.

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Update: All seats on our teen board are currently filled. But please fill out the application if you'd like to be added to our waiting list. 


As of July 2018, we have now opened teen board member seats to people outside of the Rochester area, and have streamlined the book production process so it is simpler, less time-consuming, and more fun.

If you are interested in being a teen board member of Canvas, here is everything you need to know:

  • You must be no older than a high school senior, and no younger than a high school freshman.
  • You will need parental permission to join Canvas. When you apply, you will include your parent/guardian email. They will then just need to send us back a one-sentence permission email. 
  • Teen Board Members can choose to participate as Readers or Editors. (see details below)
  • Readers and Editors will be reading and rating hundreds of pieces by your peers every season. Readers will usually have about two months to read/rate about 500 submissions. Those who do not meet their deadlines may be asked to leave the board.
  • There are 18 seats available for board members. Seats are first come, first served. Applicants need parental approval and then approval by Lindsay Herko to join the board.
  • You must have access to the internet. You will be given a login to Submittable and taught how to read and rate submissions.
  • Board members will have their names and bios on the board members page at the website, and their names listed on the masthead in the print issue.
  • Those who fulfill 4 seasons on the board will receive a certificate and can ask for a college reference letter.
  • Most importantly, board members will be in a position to influence the lives of other teen writers in positive ways, to learn some basics of the publishing industry, and connect with like-minded peers from around the world.



We have been honored to receive applicant interest from around the world and are eager for all of your perspectives to curate a truly epic teen literary magazine.  

When you apply, let us know your position preference: Reader or Editor

Readers will be responsible for reading and rating submissions online through Submittable. They don't have to be available for the quarterly editing session. 

Editors will be responsible for reading and rating submissions as well as editing those pieces chosen for publication. They will have to be available by skype for the quarterly editing session. This event will happen once a season on a Saturday and last about 3-4 hours.

Lindsay Herko will be in touch with Editors to schedule the quarterly date and time. Plan to be available between one Saturday every quarter from 12-4 pm, Eastern Standard Time. If your time zone prevents you from participating as an Editor, we still hope you’ll consider participating as a Reader, which won’t require being available for the group edit. 


Lindsay Herko is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s creative writing MFA, where she also served as managing editor of Notre Dame Review. Her writing and visual art have appeared in Caketrain, BOAAT, Sundog Lit, Salt Hill, Luna Luna Magazine, and The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society. Lindsay has taught youth writing courses in Writers & Books’ SummerWrite program and currently teaches college-level writing courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) including experimental writing, world-building, and introduction to creative writing.

Nina Alvarez has an MA in English from of the University of Albany. She owns and operates Dream Your Book, an author services company, and is founding publisher of Cosmographia Books. She also runs the popular poetry website Her poems, hybrid pieces, nonfiction, reviews, and short stories have been published in Tupelo Quarterly, Split Lip, Prick of the Spindle, Danse Macabre, Grasslimb, and others publications. Her play “The Life of Leo Wool” went to full production in 2013 at RAPA in Rochester, NY. Nina is an award-winning poet, playwright, and teacher, and won the 2014 Writers & Books Big Pencil Award for her work with the original teen board of Canvas Teen Literary Magazine.

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