Welcome to Sucker Literary Magazine where established and emerging, hugely talented writers for young adults have the opportunity to strut their stuff. As we are a fledgling outfit, we will be eating the elephant one tiny bite at a time (how’s that for some mixed metaphors?) That is to say, our immediate goal is to collect submissions for our first issue, scheduled to be released by the winter of 2012. Currently, we are seeking FICTION ONLY (no stand alone poetry unless it is a short story or chapter from a novel in verse) and welcome all genres of YA writing. Bring on your skateboarding vampires, angst ridden, nerd-boy who has never been kissed, or girl crushing on her best friend (be it girl or boy).



  • Stephanie Jefferson  On June 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    It sounds like a doable thing. I’ll see what I have that might fit.

  • Candy  On June 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Hannah, I’ve got a story, possibly two, that you may be interested in. Let me work on a few minor story details, and I’ll send them your way! What an awesome adventure you’re beginning!~Candy (She Writes)

  • MadBen  On June 28, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Having read your guidelines I am still a little unsure whether or not my own current story project “Tales from the Fringe of Madness” would fit in. It’s not about highschool life, but then you asked for fiction only anyway. There is some gore, but I believe I didn’t overdo it or wallow in it. The story mainly depicts the madness of the real world by transferring it into a fictional one, which is a topic that seems to go well with the general theme of your site. Anyway, if you like it, feel free to use a chapter for your magazine.

    The following link is to a post on a forum for authors, where I am working on the story with the help of other members. I broke my reply to your blog into two parts, so you can more easily remove the second one with the link in case you don’t like people adding them here.

    • suckerliterarymagazine  On June 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for your interest in Sucker. I’m afraid your project doesn’t fit our editorial needs. It certainly seems very compelling, though! Good luck with your work and thanks again!

  • Catherine Stine  On July 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Hannah, sounds fabu!!!!

  • Suzy  On February 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Please bear with me, but I’m a bit confused as to the purpose of the magazine. Please tell me if I am correct– we submit a portion of our unpublished YA manuscript to you and then you may publish it in your magazine. Is the purpose that possible agents will see our submission and want to work with us? If our work is not with a book publisher, how do we ensure that others have the credibility not to “steal” our ideas?

    • suckerliterarymagazine  On February 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      First, I invite you to read this http://www.copyright.gov/title17/
      This will explain about copyright laws.

      Second, we do not publish “portions of unpublished YA manuscripts”. We publish short YA fiction and stand alone chapters from YA novels. We prefer for the work to be previously unpublished because our purpose is to showcase and provide a platform for emerging writers in this genre and we want the work to be fresh.

      The purpose of our magazine is not to attract agents or editors, per say. That would certainly be lovely for our writers but that’s not the intention behind the magazine. Our purpose is to showcase emerging, fresh voices in YA fiction.

  • suzy  On February 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Oh, so I can submit, let’s say, the first three chapters of my MS as long as it can stand on its own. How does the mentoring portion work? Also, how do you decide what to publish?

  • Amy Gerstin Coombs  On April 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hi — I’ve been enjoying Issue One and am interested in submitting a short story. I don’t see any contract information. If you publish my story, will I be able to include it in a future collection I’m planning? Also, I’m curious if you know how many of your readers/followers are actually teens. It seems Sucker is more about reaching our audience than attracting an agent or editor (although that would be great, too,) and I appreciate this. Thanks – Amy Coombs

    • suckerliterarymagazine  On April 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

      We don’t offer or work with contracts with our writers at this point. All rights remain with the author and you give us permission to publish in our magazine. You can do with it as you wish. We prefer previously unpublished work but once it is in the mag, go for it and do as you wish. It would be nice if we are mentioned as a place where the piece was previously published but it is not mandatory. Sucker is about showcasing talented emerging authors of YA fiction…anything else that happens along the way is awesome (agents, a big teen following). We are about talent and craft first!

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