Unlike other literary journals that only accept the works of high school or college students, Ember encourages aspiring writers, even kids, to practice their skill and submit their masterpieces. Open to all writers ages 10 and beyond, Ember publishes literary pieces across different genres.
Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation, the team behind this brilliant journal, believes that starting them early is the key for the youth to achieve great things. They believe that cultivating that passion to write will allow them to develop their skill in critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. They also believe that encouraging kids to develop a love for reading will allow them to continuously seek knowledge in all other disciplines. With this in mind, they established the publication for Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, a bi-annual journal that features outstanding pieces in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
If you’re interested in submitting your work, do note the guidelines necessary for each category. For poetry, you can submit one to three poems, provided that each is composed of three to a hundred lines. It doesn’t matter what format you use. It can range from metered to unmetered to traditional. For short stories, you can submit anything as long as it’s within the 12,000-word limit. For flash fiction, you can do pieces around 500 to 1,500 words. The same goes for creative nonfiction which is a showcase of a true story.
But more than the word count, it is far more essential to come up with an engaging story, one that would touch the emotions of the readers. Use language that will allow your work to transcend across age. Remember who’s reading your pieces. You can always achieve that wow factor without the need to use highfaluting vocabulary.
Another piece of good news is that Ember is one of those publications that send you some allowance when your piece is chosen to be published. Their rate is two cents per word or $20 per piece, depending on which is more.