(1,500- 4,000 words): In our fifth publication year, we are now considering personal essays for Brain Teen, our award-winning print magazine devoted to parenting teens (ages 13 and up) or having been a teen. We look for an authentic voice with a down-to-earth tone. We appreciate exquisite detail, vivid scenes and spot-on dialogue.  We love to see new topics or interesting angles on familiar topics. Payment: $300. Each accepted essay is automatically entered into our "Best of Brain Teen" contest for a $1,000 prize.

Brain Teen 2016 includes essays by best-selling authors Ann Hood and Laura Pritchett.

Read this example of a Brain Teen essay.

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