YA is an ever expanding category of literature that constantly pushes boundaries. While the intended audience of YA is teenagers, almost half of YA readers are adults and Voyage is happy to be at the intersection of both groups. We are not interested in publishing a specific genre of YA, but we are interested in quality work by writers from a variety of backgrounds, especially #ownvoices. We are excited about creating a space that supports both emerging and established voices.

Voyage features short-form fiction and nonfiction weekly and we’re typically looking for unpublished work, though we do consider reprints. All submissions should be 6,000 words or less.

Please send any inquiries to contact (at) thevoyagejournal.com.

By submitting to The Voyage Journal, submitters agree to receive correspondence about future work and submission opportunities from The Voyage Journal. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Best Chapters Contest  | $5,500 Total Awarded


Guest Judge: NYT Bestselling Author & Filmmaker Soman Chainani

It’s that time of year when books are forged in the creative fires—something about the fall change inspires us. We want to see all that hard effort rewarded, and we warmly invite you to send us your favorite chapters from your novels!

Roll up your sleeves, write relentlessly, and send us your best this December. We want the chapter that makes us ache for the rest of the book, that makes us desperate to spend more time in the world of your creation!

We’re so excited to read your submissions and to discover all the wonderful books just waiting for their readers! Submissions are open from October 1, 2021, to December 15, 2021.

Our guest judge will choose three stories from a shortlist.  

The 1st Place winner will receive $5,000 and an hour-long consultation with a literary agent; 2nd Place will receive $300 and publication; 3rd place will receive $200 and publication. 

Finalists will also receive written feedback from a literary agent.

Bonus: Every entrant will receive access to a pre-recorded mini workshop!

Bonus-Bonus: The Voyage Team will randomly select participants to receive agent critique.

Guidelines:

  • Voyage submissions are open to all writers working in English
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Submissions must be a chapter of a Young Adult novel (full novel does not need to be completed), and from the point-of-view of a young adult, meaning through the lens of a teen protagonist
  • The chapter doesn't have to be standalone 
  • 5,000-word count maximum
  • We’re open to any genre or style—just send us the best you've got
  • Previously unpublished work only, please
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine—just notify and withdraw your entry if it's picked up by someone else
  • $20 reading fee per entry 
  • Multiple submissions are okay—please submit each as a separate submission
  • Every entry will be considered for our regular publications as well
  • Please: 1) double space; 2) use Times New Roman 12 pt font; 3) have 1-inch margins, and 4) put your last name and the page number in the top right-hand corner
  • Tell us in a brief cover letter your publication history (if applicable, no worries if not)



Note: To ensure the protection of our volunteer readers, and to keep Voyage a safe space, please let us know in your cover letter if your work can be triggering in any way. This will have no bearing on your submission or a decision—we just want to ensure the best possible environment for our readers. Thank you for your understanding.


Soman Chainani’s debut series, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, has sold more than 3 million copies, been translated into 30 languages across 6 continents, and will be a major motion picture from Netflix in 2022.

Each of the six books in the series — THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, THE LAST EVER AFTER, QUESTS FOR GLORY, A CRYSTAL OF TIME, and ONE TRUE KING — have debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list. Together the books have been on the print and extended lists for 38 weeks.

Soman has recently announced a new book, BEASTS & BEAUTY, coming September 21, 2021 from HarperCollins.

A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, Soman began his career as a screenwriter and director, with his films playing at over 150 film festivals around the world. He has been nominated for the Waterstone Prize for Children’s Literature, been named to the Out100, and also received the $100,000 Shasha Grant and the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, both for debut writers.

Soman’s latest book, BEASTS & BEAUTY, is an instant New York Times Bestseller and will soon be published in 10 languages. It is his seventh New York Times bestseller in a row.

Voyage Values
Voyage YA is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Voyage has a zero tolerance policy for any work that is discriminatory or harmful in any way, whether intentional or unintentional. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and any work that violates our values will be immediately declined. Voyage maintains the right to further ban authors if problematic behavior persists and/or de-platform authors should there be problematic behavior via other platforms.

As the landscape of publishing changes, Voyage acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. Systemic racism and structural inequality have been a problem for a long time, and Voyage will actively work to dismantle them. We have joined the global movement to fight for equality and will consciously work to amplify marginalized voices of authors who have been historically underrepresented in publishing.
We urge authors and readers alike to visit some of the resources we have found helpful—and seek out others.



FAQ:


Q: When will I hear back about my submission/the results of the contest? 

A: Every submitter is notified of a decision, and we send out responses once a submission doesn't advance to the next round. We'd also encourage you to follow us on social media, as we publicly announce winners and contest opportunities there.


Q: Are prologues acceptable?

A: You can absolutely submit a prologue along with the chapter, as long as the submission is under 5,000 words. 


Q: What do you mean by "standalone"?

A: Standalone just means that it doesn't have to be from a standalone novel since some are writing series.


Q: Do you accept submissions from writing teams?

A: Yes! However, you would need to designate one person as the submitter—or maybe create a joint Submittable account. As long as you both understand that you'd be splitting the prize if the submission was selected as one of the winners.


Q: Who retains the rights to my work, and will I be able to query my novel later?

A: We're not able to speak for every publisher, but since we're not publishing your work in its entirety, it should not be a problem going forward. Rights also revert back to the author after 90 days. If an opportunity came up for you to publish your work before the 90 days, we are happy to revert rights back to you sooner.

Submission Guidelines:

Please read our submission guidelines carefully. 

Voyage has no restrictions on the kind of fiction we’re looking for. We simply aim to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what we publish, please read our archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to our general categories. New work is published weekly. 

We only accept submissions via our online submission managing system, Submittable. We DO NOT accept submissions via email. Submissions sent via email will automatically be discarded without a response. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your work via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.

Voyage pays $200 per accepted story.

Fiction: Please send stories of up to 6,000 words or less. We are simply looking for stories that surprise, inspire, entertain, or enlighten. 

Manuscript Preparation: Please make sure your manuscript is double-spaced with 12 point font (Times New Roman). Submissions should be no more than 6,000 words. Please include the author's name and page number in the top right-hand corner of every page.  

Note: To ensure the protection of our volunteer readers, and to keep Voyage a safe space, please let us know in your cover letter if your work can be triggering in any way. This will have no bearing on your submission or a decision—we just want to ensure the best possible environment for our readers. Thank you for your understanding.  


 Voyage Values

Voyage YA is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Voyage has a zero tolerance policy for any work that is discriminatory or harmful in any way, whether intentional or unintentional. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and any work that violates our values will be immediately declined. Voyage maintains the right to further ban authors if problematic behavior persists and/or de-platform authors should there be problematic behavior via other platforms.   

As the landscape of publishing changes, Voyage acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. Systemic racism and structural inequality has been a problem for a long time, and Voyage will actively work to dismantle them. We have joined the global movement to fight for equality and will consciously work to amplify marginalized voices of authors who have been historically underrepresented in publishing.

We urge authors and readers alike to visit some of the resources we have found helpful—and seek out others.

Please read our submission guidelines carefully. 

Voyage simply aims to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what we publish, please read our archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to our general categories. New work is published weekly. 

We only accept submissions via our online submission managing system, Submittable. We DO NOT accept submissions via email. Submissions sent via email will automatically be discarded without a response. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your work via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.

 Voyage pays $200 per accepted CNF piece. 

CNF: We’re on the hunt for personal essays and other creative nonfiction that specifically relates to the teen experience. Submit your creative nonfiction via our submission manager here. 

Manuscript Preparation: Please make sure your manuscript is double-spaced with 12 point font (Times New Roman). Submissions should be no more than 6,000 words. Please include the author name and page number in the top right-hand corner of every page.  

Note: To ensure the protection of our volunteer readers, and to keep Voyage a safe space, please let us know in your cover letter if your work can be triggering in any way. This will have no bearing on your submission or a decision—we just want to ensure the best possible environment for our readers. Thank you for your understanding.  


 Voyage Values

Voyage YA is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Voyage has a zero tolerance policy for any work that is discriminatory or harmful in any way, whether intentional or unintentional. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and any work that violates our values will be immediately declined. Voyage maintains the right to further ban authors if problematic behavior persists and/or de-platform authors should there be problematic behavior via other platforms.   

As the landscape of publishing changes, Voyage acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. Systemic racism and structural inequality has been a problem for a long time, and Voyage will actively work to dismantle them. We have joined the global movement to fight for equality and will consciously work to amplify marginalized voices of authors who have been historically underrepresented in publishing.

We urge authors and readers alike to visit some of the resources we have found helpful—and seek out others.

Please read our submission guidelines carefully. 

Voyage simply aims to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what we publish, please read our archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to our general categories. New work is published weekly. 

We only accept submissions via our online submission managing system, Submittable. We DO NOT accept submissions via email. Submissions sent via email will automatically be discarded without a response. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your work via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Voyage pays $50 per accepted craft essay. 

Craft Essays: We’re interested in publishing craft essays to the Voyage site, specifically those that relate to the art of writing YA. We're also interested in pieces that merge personal essay and craft essay--ones that also speak to the experience of being a YA writer. 

Manuscript Preparation: Please make sure your manuscript is double-spaced with 12 point font (Times New Roman). Submissions should be no more than 6,000 words. Please include the author name and page number in the top right-hand corner of every page.  


 Voyage Values

Voyage YA is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Voyage has a zero tolerance policy for any work that is discriminatory or harmful in any way, whether intentional or unintentional. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and any work that violates our values will be immediately declined. Voyage maintains the right to further ban authors if problematic behavior persists and/or de-platform authors should there be problematic behavior via other platforms.   

As the landscape of publishing changes, Voyage acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. Systemic racism and structural inequality has been a problem for a long time, and Voyage will actively work to dismantle them. We have joined the global movement to fight for equality and will consciously work to amplify marginalized voices of authors who have been historically underrepresented in publishing.

We urge authors and readers alike to visit some of the resources we have found helpful—and seek out others.

If you’ve made the decision to go the traditional publishing route, then you’ll have to put together a submission packet, which most likely will include a query letter and the first pages of your novel (depending on the agent). There are many resources for writing queries and perfecting those opening pages available online. However, maybe you’ve been through them and now you need a second set of eyes before finally hitting that submit button. That’s where Voyage editors can help. All three of our editors not only bring their editorial experience to the table, but they’ve all have been there—just like you. They’ve been in the query trenches, and they know that sometimes, you just need a little extra help with this often challenging process. Let our experienced editors help you put your best foot forward!

Please note that submitting your query or pages will not guarantee representation or publication. Our editors will offer their editorial advice based on their knowledge, experience, and industry standard. It’s important to know that every agent/editor has their likes and dislikes. This is a critique service, and Voyage YA cannot connect you with agents or editors. A significant portion of the fee goes to our editors, who are paid at the EFA rate.

Please make sure your manuscripts are in a standard format:

  • Times New Roman, 12 pt. Font
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced for pages, single spaced for query letters


FAQ

Question: How will this help me as a writer?

Answer: The feedback is designed to be constructive and to help you put your best foot forward as a writer. Our editors' goal is to be as objective as possible, to consider each project on its own terms. 


Question: Will my writing be published in any way?

Answer: No. This feedback is completely confidential and the only person who will see your work is the editor, who is under a non-disclosure agreement.


Question: What is the timeframe for getting the feedback?

Answer: Our editors will send you their feedback in four to six weeks, via submittable.


Question: Who will be giving me feedback?

Answer: Our experienced editors:

Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer, editor, and writing coach with an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She spent six years as an English Professor and currently owns the writing studio, Writer’s Atelier, in Maitland, FL. In 2010, Racquel co-founded Black Fox Literary Magazine where she still serves as an editor, and is the Editor-in-Chief at Voyage YA Journal. Since 2013, Racquel has presented and moderated panels at writing conferences, residencies, and private writing groups across the US. She is the author of Holiday on Park, Letter to Santa, and The Writer’s Atelier Little Book of Writing Affirmations (Writer’s Atelier Books, 2018). Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction has appeared in Lotus-Eater MagazineReaching Beyond the Saguaros: A Collaborative Prosimetric Travelogue (Serving House Books, 2017), We Can’t Help it if We’re From Florida (Burrow Press, 2017), Moko Caribbean Arts & Letters, among others. When she’s not writing, editing, or coaching writers, you can find her watching Hallmark Christmas movies.

Voyage Associate Editor Kip Wilson holds a Ph.D. in German Literature and was the Poetry Editor at Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for five years before joining Voyage. She is the author of White Rose (2019, HMH/Versify), a critically-acclaimed YA novel-in-verse about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl. Her next YA novel-in-verse, The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin, is coming in 2022.

Marquita Hockaday is a life-long lover of reading and writing. She could always be found in the library in elementary school with a book and was the first one in line for the Scholastic Book Fair, waiting to pick up the next Babysitter’s Club or Fear Street novel. Her love for reading and writing led her to earn an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Marquita is currently on submission (thus, insert vague synopsis here) with two YA novels about strong Black females and how they balance pain and joy (AKA love). If Marquita’s not writing or teaching, you can find her in the kitchen trying to be the next great American baker, or watching amazing reality TV--which really should be a job.

This position begins as soon as selected and involves a commitment of at least 6 months. If at any point, you'd like to end your reader position with Voyage, we ask that you give us at least two weeks notice. PLEASE NOTE: readerships are unpaid and on a strictly volunteer basis. 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample in one file.  We look forward to hearing from you!

We'll conduct this process in two rounds. You should hear back from us within a week or two of submitting whether you've been asked to move forward.

Thank you for supporting Voyage!

Best,

Racquel


 Voyage Values

Voyage YA is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Voyage has a zero tolerance policy for any work that is discriminatory or harmful in any way, whether intentional or unintentional. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and any work that violates our values will be immediately declined. Voyage maintains the right to further ban authors if problematic behavior persists and/or de-platform authors should there be problematic behavior via other platforms.   

As the landscape of publishing changes, Voyage acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. Systemic racism and structural inequality has been a problem for a long time, and Voyage will actively work to dismantle them. We have joined the global movement to fight for equality and will consciously work to amplify marginalized voices of authors who have been historically underrepresented in publishing.

We urge authors and readers alike to visit some of the resources we have found helpful—and seek out others.

Voyage