BRIGHT LITE is an independent, reader-generated publication and digital platform created for adolescents. Available bi-annually, the journal driven format offers a unique inclusive space for readers to safely share their voice. Our creators are the next generation of strong, smart trailblazers who believe that every voice that deserves a home.
As one of the last living print publications for this demographic, we strongly believe that it is never too early to start communicating and connecting with one another. Our pages are a place to express thoughts, feelings, and everything in between.
Bright Lite, where you can be you.
Editor-in-Chief & Founder
“This smart-yet-cool mag for tweens and teens is made up of reader-generated content, making it truly a voice of a generation.”-Mother Magazine
“Bright Lite Magazine Empowers Preteen Girls, Restores Our Faith in Humanity.”–Autostraddle
“Bright Lite is the Magazine You’ve Been Dreaming Of”–YAYOMG!
Submissions are open for our next volume all about COMMUNITY. We’re talking fear of heights, fear of not being good enough, fear of not being smart enough, fear of anything really! As always we’re looking for photos, essays, drawings, comics, journal entries, letters and anything else you want to share with us. Please read our submission guideline and submit to us via email or to our P.O. Box address below.
NEXT ISSUE: COMMUNITY
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE ON 5/28/2021
How do I submit my work?
Bright Lite welcomes submissions from people who are eighteen and under.
We only accept submissions received through firstname.lastname@example.org that follow our guidelines listed below. Please include your name, age, and location for every submission and the theme of the volume you are submitting for in the subject line.
Remember to send us copies of your work, not originals, since your work will not be returned. (Manuscripts should be submitted as a .doc, .docx, .txt file.)
How will I know if my work has been accepted?
Bright Lite is a small publication that receives hundreds of submissions every month. If your work has been accepted, we will try to get back to you within four to six weeks. Thanks for your patience, in advance! If you do not hear from us, it means that we were unable to use your work in a particular volume, but please keep trying! There will be many more chances for us to publish your work.
What kinds of written pieces are you looking for?
We accept a wide range of writing including fiction, non-fiction, poems, jokes, journal entries, list things that make you upset, things that make you happy, etc.
How long does it have to be?
We have no minimum length but please try to keep written submissions under 600 words.
What happens after we accept your written piece?
We’ll send you a contributor’s agreement along with a parent or guardian’s release form to grant us permission to publish your work. We work very closely with our contributors and hope to inspire you to make your work the best it can possibly be.
What happens after we accept your visual piece?
Since we are a platform geared towards girls under the age of eighteen, we require a signed release from anyone in a photo or video that has been accepted. This is to make sure we have written consent from your parents that says it is OK for your image to appear in Bright Lite.
Is there a deadline?
The deadline for each issue will be posted with the announcement. Also *see above 😉