ONLINE YOUTH LITERARY MAGAZINE

The Elysian Muse

About

 

 

We believe writing is a powerful, Elysian tool that can be used for introspection, discovering oneself, healing, creating breathtaking new worlds, telling powerful stories, immortalizing the best moments of life… the list goes on! 

We have a special emphasis on aspiring young creators who lack the opportunity to explore their own creativity. Young aspiring writers and artists often don't know where to start, as obstacles like submission fees, lack of opportunity, and lengthy applications can seem daunting. We hope to serve as a valuable tool for such creators, providing a platform to publish, free guidance, and creative resources.

 

 

Photography by Safia Henniche, 16, Boston

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Founder, Nonfiction Editor in Chief

Lori Khadse is a high school senior from New Jersey. Her photography, visual art, and writing are published or forthcoming in literary journals like Short Édition, Apprentice Writer, Polyphony Lit, and A Lack of Clarity. When she isn’t reading and writing, she’s strumming at her guitar or sketching out new ideas for her AP portfolio concentration.

 

 

 

Poetry Editor in Chief

Protima Banerjee is a senior from New Jersey who loves to write poems and short stories. She’s been published in The Blissful Pursuit Online Literary Magazine, and is a regular contributor to A Lack of Clarity. As an avid instapoet, she publishes her poetry on her poetry account @written_through_the_stars

 

 

Head of Photography and Visual Arts

Rutu Patel is a passionate writer, a keen photographer, and a talented artist. She's also a contributor to A Lack of Clarity and has published numberous works on various platforms like Tumblr. As a senior, she's an active member of her school's creative writing club. She's been writing since she was 12, inspired by the effect words have on people.

 

 

Fiction Editor in Chief

Swayam Chakraborty is a high school senior from New Jersey. He is currently a permanent author at A Lack of Clarity, and writes for a number of small publications, as well. He mostly writes fiction and poetry, but he also has a strong passion for acting and writing plays.

 

 

 

Meet our contributors

Over 280 young creators published 

from 25 U.S. States,

25 Countries, and

6 Continents Worldwide

Ronaq Sahni is a 17 year old writer from New Jersey. He has worked on the school newspaper, a writing blog called A Lack of Clarity, and have been published on the Youth Poets Network. He loves having creative outlets, whether that be through writing or music.  

 

Anvi Joshi is a 17 year old writer and poet from New Jersey and she's been honorably mentioned in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Contest for her poetry and her journalism. Her favorite author (and one of her biggest role models) is Maggie Stiefvater! You can read some more of her work on A Lack of Clarity.

 

Jibran Abbasi is a 17 year old from New Jersey. He is a staff writer for the newspaper "The Signal" and has published two articles alongside the organization and two poems independently!  He loves MMA and has been doing combat sports for thirteen years! You can read some of his work on A Lack of Clarity.

 

Silja Pietilä is a selftaught photographer from Finalnd. She is 17 years old and has been showcasing her work on her instagram @siljapietilaphotography for about two years now!

 

Safia Henniche is a 16 year old student in the Boston area. She got into photography a couple of years ago when she took a photography class for school, and over the course of the year, she found that she really enjoyed it! Allowing the world to look through her perspective and capturing the beautiful moments she sees everyday seemed like such a wonderful concept and she knew she wanted to pursue photography. She hopes that one day people will be able to see and understand her work.

 

Arya Swamy is a 16 year-old photographer from Massachusetts and a current junior at North Andover High School. You can find some more of her original photography on her instagram page  @_photosbyarya_. Follow for more photography content!

 

Maya C. is a 16 year old writer from Belgium who is currently toiling over a book of short stories with hand-drawn, personalized illustrations. Her favorite poet is Robert Frost, and her favorite poem is "A Road not Taken".

 

Nana Opare-Addo is a 13 year old writer who resides in New York. When she was younger, she became fascinated by a variety of poems & short stories, so she began writing. Writing under the nom de plume, Vicarious, Nana is currently a teen writer at WritetheWorld.com!

 

A N Keerthana Rao hails from Bangalore, India. She is an ambivert who loves to ink her emotions into words that flow in poetry. As a 19 year old girl, she's pursuing CA and Bcom at Bangalore! Away from her busy life, she finds solace in her words.

 

Jyotsna Nair is a 17 year-old currently  living in Kerala, India. Her work has previously been published in Canvas Literary Journal, Cathartic Youth Literary Journal, Ogma Magazine, and The Apprentice Writer. She is a firm believer in the power of banana bread, and has been known to consume copious amounts in alarmingly short intervals of time. In her free time, she enjoys exploring other worlds, both real and imaginary.

 

BG is a 13 year-old artist who lives in Virginia. He loves to draw, write stories, and do anything that comes to his fantasy! His Twitter is Walelelo, be sure to go follow for more art!

 

Rebekallah is an 11 year-old artist from Mexico. She loves drawing digitally and traditionally. Her art is featured on her YouTube channel, called Rebekallah Animations. Be sure to subscriber for more of her art!

 

Nadah Selim is a 17 year old artist from New Jersey. She loves to draw in her free time. She also has an Instagram account @singingnadah.

 

Nikki A is a 16 year old artist from the United States. She loves to listen to music and write penpal letters to friends all over the world! 

 

Madeleine Jones is a 16 year old writer from Florida. She writes for her school's newspaper, The Olive, and her favorite class is APUSH (AP US History). She is a Hamilton fanatic and dreams of writing "non-stop!" like he did!

 

Richard Ostrowski is a 15 year old writer and pianist from Montana. In addition to writing and playing the piano, he loves to play chess.

 

Julia Keiser is a 14 year old youth writer. She is from West Yorkshire, UK. Her favorite colour is blue, she loves to take long walks in the snow, and she has a heavy addiction for chocolate. You can find her on instagram @discoveringbabybluekites

 

Cheryl Kidder is a 19 year old writer and critical thinker from California. She's excited to be published on the Elysian Muse Youth Literary Magazine!

 

Eleanor Stanley is an aspiritng young writer who lives in Delaware with her family and pet dog. She started writing at age 10, and now that she's 18 years old, she's looking to publish in more literary magazines! She likes to bake cookies and cupcakes in her free time (much to her younger sister's delight) and has a fear of the dark that never quite went away. 

 

Carter LeClaire is an 18 year old philantropist, philosopher, and poet from Prince Edward Island. He started a nonprofit in 2020 to help kids K-12 improve their essay writing skills through peer mentorship over Virtual Zoom Meetings. 

 

Phoebe R. is a writer from South Carolina. She is 15 years old. She spends much of her time writing and scrolling though Tumblr next to her two adorable kittens (Mittens and Zipper!)

 

J.K. is a 16-year-old essay writer from Washington. If you were wondering, yes, J.K. is an alias! They use it in honor of their favorite author, J.K Rowling. When they aren't writing, they can be found playing basketball and going on runs though the park.

 

Mattew K is a 14 year old comic artist and writter from Norway with a passion for drawing, writing, and reading.

 

Krish Patel is a 20 year old writer born in Mumbai, India. Now in Pennsylvania, he blogs for WDC and has been published in his university's literary journal, as well. He hopes to one day publish his own young adult novel.

 

Rachel Joy is a 17-year-old freelance writer from Montana. She loves to write while sipping at a cup of hot coco and her favorite thing to do is iceskating. She participates in NaNoWriMo every November, and reccomends it for any writer, whether they're just starting out or they have a lot of experience. 

 

Fareen N. Limes, short stories, lattes, croissants, apple orchards in the fall, rainy nights, velvet. If she could, she would just speak in poetry! As a 16 year old from Arizona, she loves to spice up her life by writing thrilling short stories and vivid poetry with engaging and enrapturing language. One day, she hopes to become a novelist; she feels that writing is not just her hobby, not just her vocation, but her passion. 

 

Nate A. is a 17-year-old from New Jersey who loves to write essays, blog posts, and articles. He has previously been published on the SBPL Teen Zone and tutors English at his high school. 

 

Jyoshi W. is a 17-year-old lover of spoken word and slam poetry from New York. She has previously performed a few of her works at the NY Writers Coalition's virtual workshops and writes poems for greeting cards!

 

Abbebe Kalu is a 15-year-old writer from Nigeria who loves to read, write, and whittle wooden figurines! Of Virtues and Vices is her first long fiction piece, and she hopes to write more in the future!

 

Ryan R. is a photography-lover from Macomb County in Michigan. He hopes to one day be a professional photographer and create a professional portfolio online. He spends a lot of time on tumblr and twitter and loves to go outside to the park on long nature walks with his camera.

 

Clara Jain is a 16 year old blogger and artist from Alaska. She has an (admittedly unhealthy) obsession with Gossip Girl and Jessie, boba tea, and Apple's smile-tear emoji. She loves to spend hours on Netflix (it's never too late to start a binge!) or reading books whenever she can.

 

Anika Chand is a 13 year old writer from Kansas. She has over 30 stories and blurbs in her google drive. Her goal is to have 100 by the end of the year! Or maybe even 200... who knows!

 

Leya Warre is a 16 year old queer writer with a passion for English literature. She lives in Missouri, but hopes to one day live in New York City as a professional editor or publisher.

 

Raj Kapoor is an 18 yr/o playwright and book critic from London.

 

A.J. is a writer who loves to combine science and unique perspectives in her work! She is from Arkansas and she just turned 15

 

Jennica Lode is an American writer who is doing her undergrad at Penn State. At 18 years old, she hopes to share her POV with others through her writing. She currently lives in Pennsylvania.

 

Matthew (Matt for short) is a nonfiction writer from Sydney who primarily focuses on societal issues and political editorials. When he isn’t writing, he’s writing. He is 16 years old.

 

Sanjana S. is an Asian-American writer who draws inspiration from Hamilton and his resilience (Immigrants; we get the job done)! She is a 16.5 year old from OxfordMississippi, and her favorite song is currently “You’re Somebody Else” by Flora Cash. 

 

Zach K. is just your average 15-year-old kid from Ohio. He likes to write about topics that are slightly dark and difficult to talk about (call it a morbid curiosity that’s plagued him since birth). 

 

Cynthia Farrington is a certified book nerd and bed-time-story enthusiast, even at 16 years old. She has a nasty habit of checking out way too many books from the library and returning them all way overdue. She is from Seattle, Washington. And ~ if you were wondering, that is ~ yes, the books do help her escape from the terribly dreary weather!

 

Daivik Sharma is a young aspiring writer from Punjab, India. At 18 years old, he is determined to develop his craft and become a better writer. You can find him having conversations with himself (it’s perfectly normal, he promises!) and watching the clouds drift through the sky. 

 

Sita Wong is a 17-year-old writer from Hong Kong who is currently taking her A Levels. She has an obsession for all things cute and fluffy! She loves happily-ever-afters, apologies, and the enemy-turned-lover trope. 

 

Elizabeth Medsker is a 15-year-old writer from a small town in Ontario, Canada. She identifies as an art critic (though her friends would just call her outspoken) and loves to write, paint, and draw. 

 

Cheryl Kidder is a sassy and enthusiastic optimist with a confident writer’s voice that can blow you away. She loves dad jokes, cheesy pick up lines, and anything that can make her roll her eyes. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area and couldn’t be better suited for it. As a 13-year-old, she’s excited to spend her first official year as a teenager writing!

 

Lisa Jain is a poet from Kent, the Garden of England. As a 16-year-old, she’s dabbled in a few forms of expressive writing, including poetry, spoken word, poetic prose, and flash fiction. 

 

Jeremy Atkins is an 18-year-old writer from New Zealand. He finds inspiration from nature and the nuances of day-to-day life. He finds charm in routine and a reason to smile in the smallest details. 

 

Sameen J. is a 14-year-old writer born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan. She loves to write academically inclined pieces that leave the reader thinking, engaged, and wonderfully curious. You can find her on Tumblr @cjspoon!

 

Christina Barnes is based in Chicago, Illinois and enjoys crafting engaging, abstract pieces that reflect her perspectives on society and common issues. As an 18-year-old writer paving her way through the writing community, she hopes to inspire others and become a stronger writer along the way.

 

Su-Wei (yes, like the tennis star!) is a 17-year-old poet born in Taiwan who loves to read and write. She is passionate about art and literature, and she is the author and artist of a canvas Webtoon, “Your Turn!


A. Rousselot is a 14-year-old French-American writer and poet born in Toulouse. She participates in open mics, poetry slams, and national writing competitions whenever the opportunity arises!

 

G. Susnik lives in Hanover, Germany. As a 15-year-old long jumper and track runner, he spends most of his time thinking up new ideas for poems. He hopes to one day write a book of all his poems and share his creativity with the world.

 

A gatorade-fueled podcast junkie, Mohammed A. is a 17-year-old thinker, gardener, and dreamer from Bhutan. His hobbies include asking a bit too many questions, taking pictures of ordinary things, and coloring outside the lines.

 

Ann Evrona is a college student who (somehow!) manages to write on her incredibly busy schedule. She enjoys karate and Netflix with family, and she is from Long Island (NY). 

 

Charlotte is a central European translator who is smitten with the beautiful scenery of her hometown in North Carolina. She owns her own Wordpress blog and loves to share her rants on what it is like to be a 13-year-old girl. 

 

Joshua Maslin is a 15-year-old dedicated writer from Liverpool. He loves to write about politics and current events that occur on a global scale.

 

Leilani Kaʻaukai from O’ahu, Hawaii. She loves to write short blurbs about exciting moments in her life! She is 15-years-old and she loves to read Short Fiction Break short stories (https://shortfictionbreak.com/) in her free time!

 

Adriana Paz is a 14-year-old girl from Chile who writes poetry and prose with little doodles and sketches. She has previously been published in the Stepping Stone Press and The Elysian Muse Youth Literary Magazine.

 

David Cao is a 15-year-old Chinese-American originally from Chongqing. He loves to watch TWD and read graphic novels in his free time. When he isn’t writing, he is sketching out ideas for a new comic strip.

 

Safia Menanchi is a 15-year-old girl from the United States with a love for capturing the world onto her lens. She loves to get into the nitty-grittiest of details in all her work, and she hopes to one day publish her work in a photography book. One day she also hopes to live in New York City and work as a photographer.

 

Arya Duta is a 16-year old Indian writer from Colombia. They love to co-author with their friends and participate in NaNoWriMo every November! Their latest piece is called “The Loney Siren” and discusses themes of life, death, and friendship. 

 

Khila V. is a 17-year-old writer from Colorado. She hopes to one day publish one of her articles in the New York Times. Until then, she writes articles for her school newspaper and on her blog. 

 

Elise Dvorak is a 18-year-old writer from Czechia. She has won several writing residencies and has appeared at regional and national writers’ conventions and festivals. She dabbles in both creative and nonfiction writing.

 

Akhila V. is a 14-year-old writer from the UK. She spends a lot of her writing passions on reviewing novels for her school’s library’s literary journal. Her dream job is to become a librarian or arts teacher!


Armando Canales is from Manila, Philippines. He considers himself well-read and can speak in 4 languages. He writes a considerable amount for his friend’s company’s social media platforms. He is 17 years old.

 

Zoe Sarkis is a 17-year-old journalist and poet born and bred in Greece. She is a teen services librarian and teaches small art classes for kids of ages 6 - 8. 

 

Katherine Lindsay is a girl who loves to live in worlds other than this one. She loves to create said worlds in her free time, from fantasy and ethereal ones to more realistic and memoir-based ones. She lives in Edmonton, Canada and is 14 years old!

 

Min-Jun is a 17-year-old literary connoisseur from South Korea. She has taught creative and technical writing as a peer mentor in her school’s writing club and won multiple schools awards for her poetry. Her latest work is “Wishing I Could Stay”.

 

Nhu Thang is a 16-year-old from Hanoi, Vietnam, but rather lives in a world of fairy tales, bedtime stories and childhood fantasies. Quite frankly? It’s the best place to live, and she strives to share her world with others.

 

Zainab’s poetry and short stories have appeared in many prints. She is a 13-year-old writer from Idaho who loves historical fiction and sci-fi!  

 

Erin Stan is a writer from sunny California who ironically has an affinity for dark, humorless poetry. As a passionate spoken word artist and just at 15-years-old, she has participated in performances across the country and hopes to go international. 

 

Chamundi Kumara is an 18-year-old writer from Sri Lanka.

 

Johri Cyriac is a 16-year-old writer from Washington D.C. She hopes to one day become a New York Times bestselling author. 


Juana Gomez is a young aspiring artist, writer, and photographer from Mexico City, Mexico. She is 16 years old. She fills her sketchbook with ideas and she is looking to start her own animation YouTube channel!

 

Sonica Bidaye is a 17 year old writer from Massachusetts. He has worked on the school newspaper, a writing blog, and has been published on the Youth Poets Network. She loves having creative outlets, whether that be through writing or music.  

 

Maansi Vejju is a 17 year old writer and poet from Colorado and she's been honorably mentioned in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Contest for her poetry and her journalism. Her favorite author (and one of her biggest role models) is Maggie Stiefvater! You can read some more of her work on her blog.

 

Shriya is a 17 year old from Virginia. Shee is a staff writer for the newspaper "The Signal" and has published two articles alongside the organization and two poems independently!  She loves MMA and has been doing combat sports for thirteen years! 

 

Zehra Kode is a selftaught photographer from Sudan. She is 17 years old and has been showcasing her work on her instagram for about two years now!

 

Sanika Ali is a 16 year old student from Papua New Guinea. She got into photography a couple of years ago when she took a photography class for school, and over the course of the year, she found that she really enjoyed it! Allowing the world to look through her perspective and capturing the beautiful moments she sees everyday seemed like such a wonderful concept and she knew she wanted to pursue photography. She hopes that one day people will be able to see and understand her work.

 

Keerti Vedula is a 16 year-old photographer from Mauritania and a current junior in High School. You can find some more of her original photography on her instagram page. Follow for more photography content!

 

Sagar Welling is a 16 year old writer from Argentina who is currently toiling over a book of short stories with hand-drawn, personalized illustrations. His favorite poet is Robert Frost, and her favorite poem is "A Road not Taken".

 

Sreekar is a 13 year old writer who lives in Argentina. When he was younger, he became fascinated by a variety of poems & short stories, so he began writing. Writing under the nom de plume, Vicarious, he is currently a teen writer at WritetheWorld.com!

 

Sonika Dey comes from Bangalore, India. She is an ambivert who loves to ink her emotions into words that flow in poetry. As a 19 year old girl, she's pursuing CA and Bcom at Bangalore! Away from her busy life, she finds solace in her words.

 

Adriana Pacilo is a 17 year-old currently  living in India. Her work has previously been published in Canvas Literary Journal, Cathartic Youth Literary Journal, Ogma Magazine, and The Apprentice Writer. She is a firm believer in the power of banana bread, and has been known to consume copious amounts in alarmingly short intervals of time. In her free time, she enjoys exploring other worlds, both real and imaginary.

 

Ved D. is a 13 year-old artist who lives in Florida. He loves to draw, write stories, and do anything that comes to his fantasy! His Twitter is *******, be sure to go follow for more art!

 

Jackie is an 11 year-old artist from Michigan. She loves drawing digitally and traditionally. Her art is featured on her YouTube channel, called JacKiEEEE. Be sure to subscribe for more of her art!

 

Katrina Lozewski is a 17 year old artist from New Jersey. She loves to draw in her free time. She also has an Instagram account @singingnadah.

 

Varsha Chadha is a 16 year old artist from the United States. She loves to listen to music and write penpal letters to friends all over the world! 

 

Naziyah is a 16 year old writer from Virginia. She writes for her school's newspaper, The Olive, and her favorite class is APUSH (AP US History). She is a Hamilton fanatic and dreams of writing "non-stop!" like he did!

 

Oliver Ampofo is a 15 year old writer and pianist from Nevada. In addition to writing and playing the piano, he loves to play chess.

 

Jade Menon is a 14 year old youth writer. She is from West Yorkshire, UK. Her favorite colour is blue, she loves to take long walks in the snow, and she has a heavy addiction for chocolate. You can find her on instagram @discoveringbabybluekites. 

 

Siphina Ang is a 19 year old writer and critical thinker from Michigan. She's excited to be published on the Elysian Muse Youth Literary Magazine!

 

Shita Adhit is an aspiritng young writer who lives in Alaska with her family and pet dog. She started writing at age 10, and now that she's 18 years old, she's looking to publish in more literary magazines! She likes to bake cookies and cupcakes in her free time (much to her younger sister's delight) and has a fear of the dark that never quite went away. 

 

Preston Fitzgerald is an 18 year old philantropist, philosopher, and poet from Prince Edward Island. He started a nonprofit in 2020 to help kids K-12 improve their essay writing skills through peer mentorship over Virtual Zoom Meetings. 

 

Tanvee Mehrotra is a writer from South Carolina. She is 15 years old. She spends much of her time writing and scrolling though Tumblr next to her two adorable kittens (Mittens and Zipper!)

 

Yesun M. is a 16-year-old essay writer from Connecticut. When they aren't writing, they can be found playing basketball and going on runs though the park.

 

Fei Hong is a 14 year old comic artist and writter from China with a passion for drawing, writing, and reading.

 

Vamika Gahan Is a 17 year old artist from New Jersey. She is currently taking AP Portfolio and has had her art pieces recognized regionally. You can find more of her art work on her online portfolio.

 

Jasmine Kinkar is a 20 year old writer born in Mumbai, India. Now in Suffern, NY, she blogs for WDC and has been published in his university's literary journal, as well. She hopes to one day publish his own young adult novel.

 

Sana Dixon is a 17-year-old freelance writer from Nevada. She loves to write while sipping at a cup of hot coco and her favorite thing to do is iceskating. She participates in NaNoWriMo every November, and reccomends it for any writer, whether they're just starting out or they have a lot of experience. 

 

Ria Kundu. As a 16 year old from Arizona, she loves to spice up her life by writing thrilling short stories and vivid poetry with engaging and enrapturing language. One day, she hopes to become a novelist; she feels that writing is not just her hobby, not just her vocation, but her passion. 

 

Hitesh Pylla is a 17-year-old from New Jersey who loves to write essays, blog posts, and articles. He has previously been published on the SBPL Teen Zone and tutors English at his high school. 

 

Jahnu B. is a 17-year-old lover of spoken word and slam poetry from Maine. She has previously performed a few of her works at the NY Writers Coalition's virtual workshops and writes poems for cards!

 

Sabella Abdullahi is a 15-year-old writer from Somalia who loves to read, write, and whittle wooden figurines! Of Virtues and Vices is her first long fiction piece, and she hopes to write more in the future!

 

Sneha Chekuri is a 16 year old blogger and artist from Texas. She has an (admittedly unhealthy) obsession with Gossip Girl and Jessie, boba tea, and Apple's smile-tear emoji. She loves to spend hours on Netflix (it's never too late to start a binge!) or reading books whenever she can.

 

Johanna is a 13 year old writer from Arkansas. She has over 30 stories and blurbs in her google drive. Her goal is to have 100 by the end of the year! Or maybe even 200... who knows!

 

Matt Solan is a 16 year old queer writer with a passion for English literature. She lives in Texas, but hopes to one day live in California as a professional editor or publisher.

 

Matt Balk is an 18 year old playwright and book-lover from London.

 

Graham M. is a young photographer and artist from the east coast (US). When he isn't taking photos for his photography classes, he's editing them. Recently, he's looking into making YouTube videos. He's always looking to expand his creativity and reach others!

 

R. Swerdloff is a writer who loves to combine science and unique perspectives in her work! She is from Kansas and she just turned 15

 

Natasha Dave is an American writer who is doing her undergrad at Penn State. At 18 years old, she hopes to share her POV with others through her writing. She currently lives in Pennsylvania.

 

Curran McCluskey is a nonfiction writer from Queensland, Australia who primarily focuses on societal issues and political editorials. When he isn’t writing, he’s writing. He is 16 years old.

 

Sean S. is an Asian-American writer who draws inspiration from Hamilton and his resilience (Immigrants; we get the job done)! She is a 16.5 year old from Oxford, Mississippi, and her favorite song is currently “You’re Somebody Else” by Flora Cash. 

 

Toby Curtis is just your average 15-year-old kid from Illinois. He likes to write about topics that are slightly dark and difficult to talk about (call it a morbid curiosity that’s plagued him since birth). 

 

Chelsie Dizzine is a certified book nerd and bed-time-story enthusiast, even at 16 years old. She has a nasty habit of checking out way too many books from the library and returning them all way overdue. She is from Seattle, Washington. And ~ if you were wondering, that is ~ yes, the books do help her escape from the terribly dreary weather!

 

Harish P. is a young aspiring writer from Punjab. At 18 years old, he is determined to develop his craft and become a better writer. You can find him having conversations with himself (it’s perfectly normal, he promises!) and watching the clouds drift through the sky. 

 

Will Chang is a 17-year-old writer from Hong Kong who is currently taking her A Levels. She has an obsession for all things cute and fluffy! She loves happily-ever-afters, apologies, and the enemy-turned-lover trope. 

 

Sydney Goldberg is a 15-year-old writer from a small town in Oregon. She identifies as an art critic (though her friends would just call her outspoken) and loves to write, paint, and draw. 

 

Sonia Roy is a sassy and enthusiastic optimist with a confident writer’s voice that can blow you away. She loves dad jokes, cheesy pick up lines, and anything that can make her roll her eyes. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area and couldn’t be better suited for it. As a 13-year-old, she’s excited to spend her first official year as a teenager writing!

 

Jess Housenbold is a poet from Kent, the Garden of England. As a 16-year-old, she’s dabbled in a few forms of expressive writing, including poetry, spoken word, poetic prose, and flash fiction. 

 

Jaime Clark is an 18-year-old writer from Minnesota. He finds inspiration from nature and the nuances of day-to-day life. He finds charm in routine and a reason to smile in the smallest details. 

 

K.S. is a 14-year-old writer born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan. She loves to write academically inclined pieces that leave the reader thinking, engaged, and wonderfully curious. You can find her on Tumblr @cjspoon!

 

Christina Barnes is based in California and enjoys crafting engaging, abstract pieces that reflect her perspectives on society and common issues. As an 18-year-old writer paving her way through the writing community, she hopes to inspire others and become a stronger writer along the way.

 

Min-Seo is a 17-year-old poet born in Taiwan who never much liked anything to do with engineering or math. She is following her passion, and she is the author and artist of a canvas Webtoon.


Jimena Solan is a 14-year-old French-American writer and poet born in Toulouse. She participates in open mics, poetry slams, and national writing competitions whenever the opportunity arises!

 

Rudy Becker lives in Germany. He is 15 years old and spends much of his time thinking up new ideas for poems. He hopes to publish more poetry and become more invlolved in the poetic community.

 

A gatorade-fueled podcast junkie, R.N. is a 17-year-old thinker, gardener, and dreamer from Bangladesh. His hobbies include asking a bit too many questions, taking pictures of ordinary things, and coloring outside the lines.

 

Anna North is a college student who (somehow!) manages to write on her incredibly busy schedule. She enjoys karate and Netflix with family, and she is from Long Island (NY). 

 

Divya J. is a central European translator who is smitten with the beautiful scenery of her hometown in North Carolina. She owns her own Wordpress blog and loves to share her rants on what it is like to be a 13-year-old girl. 

 

Joey Berke is a 15-year-old dedicated writer from Ireland. He loves to write about politics and current events that occur on a global scale.

 

S.M. is from Hawaii. She loves to write short blurbs about exciting moments in her life! She is 15-years-old and she loves to read Short Fiction Break short stories (https://shortfictionbreak.com/) in her free time!

 

Sonell Reyez is a 14-year-old girl from Brazil who writes poetry and prose with little doodles and sketches. She has previously been published in the Stepping Stone Press and The Elysian Muse Youth Literary Magazine.

 

D.C. is a 15-year-old Chinese-American originally from China. He loves to watch TWD and read graphic novels in his free time. When he isn’t writing, he is sketching out ideas for a new comic strip.

 

Hailey Carcia is a 16-year old Indian writer from London. They love to co-author with their friends and participate in NaNoWriMo every November! Their latest piece is called “The Loney Siren” and discusses themes of life, death, and friendship. 

 

Maansi is a 17-year-old writer from Ohio. She hopes to one day publish one of her articles in the New York Times. Until then, she writes articles for her school newspaper and on her blog. 

 

Svoboda is an 18-year-old writer from Denmark. She has won several writing residencies and has appeared at regional and national writers’ conventions and festivals. She dabbles in both creative and nonfiction writing.

 

Rita W. is a 14-year-old writer from France. She spends a lot of her writing passions on reviewing novels for her school’s library’s literary journal. Her dream job is to become a librarian or arts teacher!


S.N. is from the Faroe Islands. He considers himself well-read and can speak in 4 languages. He writes a considerable amount for his friend’s company’s social media platforms. He is 17 years old.

 

Jolie Kreid is a 17-year-old journalist and poet born and bred in Poland. She is a teen services librarian and teaches small art classes for kids of ages 6 - 8. 

 

Sarah Clarke is a girl who loves to live in worlds other than this one. She loves to create said worlds in her free time, from fantasy and ethereal ones to more realistic and memoir-based ones. She lives in Edmonton and is 14 years old!

 

Seo-Jun is a 17-year-old literary connoisseur from South Korea. She has taught creative and technical writing as a peer mentor in her school’s writing club and won multiple schools awards for her poetry. 

 

N.V. is a 16-year-old from Vietnam, but rather lives in a world of fairy tales, bedtime stories and childhood fantasies. Quite frankly? It’s the best place to live, and she strives to share her world with others.

 

Tori Marina’s poetry and short stories have appeared in many prints. She is a 13-year-old writer from Idaho who loves historical fiction and sci-fi!  

 

Katharine Kim is a writer from Michigan who has an affinity for dark, humorless poetry. As a passionate spoken word artist and just at 15-years-old, she has participated in performances across the country and hopes to go international. 

 

R.L. is an 18-year-old writer from Slovakia.

 

Makenzie Rae is a 16-year-old writer from Connecticut. She hopes to one day become a bestselling author with books in the shelves of Barnes and Noble! 


Kieran H. is a young aspiring artist, writer, and photographer from Chicago. She is 16 years old. She fills her sketchbook with ideas and she is looking to start her own animation YouTube channel!

 

Shreya K. Is a 17 year old artist from New Jersey. She is currently taking AP Portfolio and has had her art pieces recognized regionally. You can find more of her art work on her portfolio, shreya-portfolio.wixsite.com/website.

 

Hannah "Wen" Trpisovsky is a visual artist from New Jersey with a passion for fine arts, fashion, and creative writing. She aspires to recieve a higher education at a university in New York City and immerse herself in the city's diverse artistic community; she hopes to one day cultivate and contribute to such communities by furthering her skills and broadening her creative perspective. 

 

Claire Wang is a 17-year-old artist from New Jersey. She works in both traditional and digital media. Filling up her sketchbook is something she wishes to work on.

 

Tanvi Nagar, 16, belongs to Haryana, India and is a student at Delhi Public School, Gurgaon. She has been writing for the past eight years and is passionate about public speaking, travelling, playing sports and reading. She has contributed to national newspapers like ‘The Times of India’ and ‘Hindustan Times’; magazines like the ‘Neev Magazine’ and ‘Children’s World’ and anthologies like ‘The Last Flower of Spring’ and ‘Riding on a Summer Train’ by Delhi Poetry Slam; ‘The Great Indian Anthology’ by Half Baked Beans and ‘She the Shakti’ by Authors Press. She is the Editor in her school and has authored three books titled, ‘A Treasure Trove of Poetic Wonderland’ ‘A Bountiful of Rhythmic Stories’ and ‘My Book of Short Stories and Poems’ and two research papers which were published in the International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research. She has won the Eye Level Literary Award 2018 by Daekyo, South Korea; the Create Change Challenge 2020 by the University of Queensland, Australia; the Millennial Essay Writing Contest by UNESCO and Takthe; the Haryana State Badminton Championship 2013-14; and has worked with organisations like The Global Leadership and Education Foundation and The Faridabad Education Council to serve the community.

 

Faith McKinnon is a 15 year old chocolate-lover, athletic nerd, artist, and a passionate Christian. She lives in far northern California, where she enjoys soaking up sunshine and life. She loves both wild dreaming and careful planning, playing competitive sports and curling up with a book, and calls herself an introverted extrovert. She feels too diverse to be explained in a few sentences, will always overwrite and talk too much, and can be found on Write the World at "hold on to the memories."

 

Saanvi Sundaram is a fourteen-year-old girl from India. She enjoys writing, and music, and often finds herself passing time by simply sitting at her piano, ukulele in her hand and notebook on the stand. She is quite introverted, speaking up on rare occasions, but when she does, she babbles like there's no tomorrow. She runs her own blog, works as the chief editor for her school newspaper, and has been published in local newspapers and other literary magazines.

 

Praniti Gulyani is a seventeen year old girl from India. On The Elysian Muse, she has contributed her works: "My First Day of School", "All the Things I've Learnt From a Shooting Star, and "Ernie Westernwille".

 

Dhwani Badia is a 17 year old bookworm and music enthusiast who hails from India. She enjoys playing instruments, listening to Taylor Swift, reading angsty romance novels and likes to pretend she's got a flair for art.

 

Jiah is quite the tangled set of colorful strings. Being from a polluted metro city in India and having only two months left to turn 16, her hours are mostly crammed with studies, the scent of books, hours and hours of music and creating poetry. She breaths literature and is looking forward to incorporating it into her career in the near future!

 

Dia Bhojwani is 15, and lives in Mumbai, India. She's been published in Beetle Literary Magazine, The Punch Magazine, Parallax Literary Magazine, and The Ice Lolly Review, amongst others. Her first book, The Pandemic Diaries, was published in January 2021.  She loves confessional poetry, stand-up comedy, and Hawaiian pizza.

 

Samar Jain, 15, is a student at DPS, Gurgaon. He is passionate about Public Speaking, Artificial Intelligence, playing sports and making impactful videos. He also has a knack of Reading and Writing. He is a fervent environmentalist and considers himself to be a lifelong humanitarian. Furthermore, he is a Tech-enthusiast, and has also won several accolades in Debates, MUN's and Group discussions. He believes that writing has the power to change the world and so he has written this poem as an attempt to influence the youth and children of his age to be more compassionate towards the environment.

 

Mehek Azra is 15 years old and is from New York. She is currently a sophomore in high school.