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Voyage features short-form fiction and nonfiction weekly and we’re typically looking for unpublished work, though we do consider reprints.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.

Led by Soho Teen Editor Alexa Wejko

Hooking an editor, agent, or reader isn't just about the "hook" itself—it's about creating a simmering combination of voice, character, and concept from the very first page. In this workshop, we'll break down the components of a successful first chapter as well as beloved first chapters in YA novels of the past and present and across genres, with an eye towards making your first chapter reach the heights of its potential while remaining true to your vision. This is a hands-on workshop, so prepare to revise your novel in real-time!

This class will be taught via Zoom and this is the registration form to attend live. Participants will also have access to the recorded class for at least 90 days.  

When: Sunday, September 26, 2021, 4:30 PM EST

Investment: $39 USD

*Zoom access info is sent out immediately via Submittable, so be sure to check under the messages tab.

About the Instructor:

Alexa Wejko joined Soho Press in the summer of 2018. Formerly an adjunct professor at Queens College, Alexa has worked on a wide range of children's books, including What's Coming to Me, The Inventors at No. 8, Empress of a Thousand Skies, and the NYT-bestseller Everless. She received her MFA from Queens College in Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

Led by Soho Teen Editor Alexa Wejko

Hooking an editor, agent, or reader isn't just about the "hook" itself—it's about creating a simmering combination of voice, character, and concept from the very first page. In this workshop, we'll break down the components of a successful first chapter as well as beloved first chapters in YA novels of the past and present and across genres, with an eye towards making your first chapter reach the heights of its potential while remaining true to your vision. This is a hands-on workshop, so prepare to revise your novel in real-time!

Please note this is the registration form to receive the recorded version of the workshop that will take place on September 26, 2021. Recording access is sent out within 48 hours of the live workshop time. Participants will have access to the recorded class for at least 90 days.

Investment: $39 USD


About the Instructor:

Alexa Wejko joined Soho Press in the summer of 2018. Formerly an adjunct professor at Queens College, Alexa has worked on a wide range of children's books, including What's Coming to Me, The Inventors at No. 8, Empress of a Thousand Skies, and the NYT-bestseller Everless. She received her MFA from Queens College in Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

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