Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Aletheia Writing Magazine

Aletheia Writing Magazine for Christian teens by teens is a full-color quarterly publication priced at $26 for U.S. subscribers that contains stories, poems, artwork, photographs, book reviews, interviews, and more. Some of my TOS Crewmates and I were given the Fall 2011 hard-copy and the Summer 2011 digital edition to review.

"Aletheia" is Greek for "truth" or "unveiling".

You may read the Spring 2011 digital issue here. Please, take a look.

I think I would have loved this magazine when I was a teen. I would have been disappointed that there were only four issues a year. I probably would have submitted a story or two.

The magazine accept submissions from and in terms of demographics, aims at the 13-19 year old age range. I think that the stories appeal more to the kids who are avid readers and writers than just teens in general. If you have several teens at home, there is likely something in the magazine to appeal to each of them.

This magazine is an aspiring teen writer's dream - it offers stories by kids just like them and if offers a platform to become a published author at a young age, to set the stage for a potential career in writing. Submission guidelines and writing tips/hints are available on the company web site. Aletheia's publishers are homeschoolers; they accept submissions from any teen as long as the work meets submission guidelines. I hope that when the crazy-busy marching band season is over, my school-building-schooler will submit a story.

The stories are quality; engaging; the magazine is solid. Story length ranges from a couple of pages to nine pages (w/ illustrations) in the print version. I enjoyed the stories, and I appreciate the insight into the teen experience. I might recommend it for a pre-teen who is an avid reader and writer, who is ahead of the norm in that area. For developmentally delayed teens, I would recommend a peek at the free edition online before you make a decision. The subject matter and vocab are way outside the range of what my pre-teen homeschooler w/ developmental delays is reading at the moment. The magazines are 40 pages in length counting the front and back covers and there are very few ads to get in the way of the reading.

Read my Crewmates' reviews of Aletheia Writing Magazine here.

I was given the print version of the Fall 2011 and the digital edition of the Summer 2011 Aletheia Writing Magazine. I was not paid for the review. I get to keep the magazines. I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

1 comment:

Debra said...

I think you got it right there... an aspiring teen writer's dream... :)

I hope you do get your teen to submit something!

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