elementia is a literary arts magazine published to represent and uplift young adults. We accept original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, photography and illustrations.

Standing up for what you believe in is a big part of growing up and learning how to break out of your shell. Whether it’s something as little as changing the way you dress or as big as taking charge of your own future, we are wondering what makes you bold—how do you defy the status quo?
But action doesn't stop at the self. How do you free others? How do you disrupt the systems of the world? Share your ideas of defiance and change. Use experience from social reformers of the past, current events, or your own brushes with breaking from society’s norms. We want to know—how do you break free?

Submit your original poetry, short stories, essays, comics, or artwork through February 1, 2019.

Young Adult Submission Committee
​Do you want to be a part of a young adult group selecting what goes in elementia? If you are in grades 9-12 and are interested in writing or graphic design, we encourage you to join our group. Applications are available online. Have questions about the committee? Email elementia.

If you are a teacher of creative writing or visual arts, please reach out to elementia staff, to find out how we can help you in your classroom!

elementia is generously supported through the Joan Berkley Writers Fund of the Johnson County Library Foundation. Issue xvi is supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Free copies of the magazine are available at all Johnson County Library locations.

elementia Issue 5
elementia Issue 6
elementia Issue 7
elementia Issue 8
elementia Issue 9
elementia Issue 10
elementia Issue 11
The cover of the 12th issue of the library's literary magazine for teens, elementia.
elementia Issue 12
elementia Issue 13
elementia Issue 13
elementia issue xiv
elementia Issue 14
Cover of elementia issue xv
elementia issue 15
Best of elementia cover
Best of elementia (issues i-xv)