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

Issue xvii Released Early

Things have been tough lately, and we all deserve a bit of good news! So we have released elementia issue xvii a little early, as a stay-at-home treat! Enjoy our newest issue!

Issue xvii Reception News

The elementia issue xvii reception on April, 24, 2020 is cancelled as is the exhibition scheduled to run April 20 - May 8 at the Central Resource Library. We are heartbroken we won’t be able to gather together and look over the glossy pages together in April but we are working to reschedule the reception, exhibition, and visit from National Slam Poetry Champion, Rudy Francisco. We hope to have print copies when the Library reopens. Keep your eyes here for more news.

Now Accepting Submissions to Issue xviii

Is your look a choice, or did you inherit it? Tattoos, hickeys and scars tell stories. Bodies are fragile; bodies are powerful. Human bodies, governing bodies, bodies of water, and bodies of work represent and contain us all. From quotidian to quixotic, dig out the poems from between your teeth. Speak on skin color, speak on sex. Revel in the heft of the body’s shape, adorn it, treat it or let it decompose. Inhabit the cycles of our somatic experience: we bleed, we heal, we kill, we kiss, we die. Anyone with a body can relate, but everyone sees bodies differently. Give us the perceptions inside your skin, by way of your hands and heart. For this issue of our teen literary magazine, we invite you to examine bodies in writing, art and poetry. Submissions due Feb. 1, 2021​.

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. Free copies of the magazine are available at all Johnson County Library locations.

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