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(See Guidelines below.)


We're reading for Issue 7 (Summer 2024). Submissions close on May 20, 2024.                                 


Poetry: Send 2-5 poems as a Word-friendly attachment or PDF. We are interested in all traditions of metered, free verse poetry, and prose poetry.

Fiction: Send one short story or novel excerpt not to exceed 5,000 words or multiple short stories, the total submission not to exceed 5,000 words as a Word-friend attachment or PDF. We are interested in all styles of short fiction, including realistic, speculative, sci-fi, romance, fantasy, historical, flash and nano. 

Creative Nonfiction: Send one piece of creative nonfiction or several shorter pieces, the total submission not to exceed 5,000 words, as a Word-friendly attachment or PDF. We are interested in dynamic nonfiction, with emphasis on “creative”: personal essays, flash nonfiction, micro-nonfiction, interview, literary journalism, humor, lyrical and segmented essays, braided essays, mock genre, and memoir excerpts. We are not interested in school assignments and research papers unless they skyrocket in the creative department. 


· You must be a teenager (age 13-19) at the time of your submission. For your work to be considered, in your email, indicate your age and place of residence.

· Submissions must be in English, and we welcome translations.

· The submission must be previously unpublished: it can’t have appeared in another magazine, print or online, or on social media (blogs, etc.).

·  No mixed submissions (don’t send poetry and short stories in the same email, for instance).

·  Simultaneous submissions (when you send the same work to several magazines) are okay by us. Notify us at this email ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere. And congrats from us!

·  Make sure that email correspondence from Under the Madness doesn't land in your email spam/junk folder.

·  We endeavor to respond in 3 months during the school year.


·  Send an email to

 ·  In the Subject Line of the email, put your GENRE [Is it poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction?], followed by title(s), followed by your full name. Example: CREATIVE NONFICTION, “Year of magical thinking,” by Sara Perez. 

·  In the body of the email, provide a 75-150 word bio written in third person. If your work is accepted for publication, this bio will be printed with your writing. Tell us about yourself. What's your age? What are your hobbies and interests? Where do you reside on planet Earth? What's it like to be from this place? If you’ve been previously published, feel free to let us know where and what you've published.

"Under the Madness lies literature" - Unknown
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A magazine for teen writers—by teen writers. Under the Madness brings together student editors from across New Hampshire under the mentorship of the state poet laureate to focus on the experiences of teens from around the world. Whether you live in Berlin, NH, or Berlin, Germany—whether you wake up every day in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North or South America—we’re interested in reading you!