High School Magazine is a literary, lifestyle and art magazine for African teens and their identities, stories and voices. We are currently looking for art and writing submissions for our pilot issue, which will be published in the spring of 2022.

This year, publishing your work in HSM will guarantee unprecedented exposure. A collaboration with various platforms, both local and international will allow us to distribute hundreds of digital copies of the new issue to independent magazine lovers and teens worldwide!

Who can submit work?

High School Magazine focuses on the voices and creativity of teenagers.

If you identify as such, and have a desire to tell or explore your identity and its meanings, creativity lifestyle, art, and beauty, we’d love to hear from you.

What are we looking for?

Exploration of one’s identity is a diverse and fluid journey, and High School Magazine wants to honour that. We accept:

  • Non-fiction up to 2,000 words
  • Fiction up to 2,000 words
  • Up to three poems per submission
  • Illustrations, photography, digital artwork, etc.
  • Articles on travel, fashion, beauty

The editorial team will evaluate all portfolios received and select a variety of them to be published in our digital magazine throughout the call presentation period, without this representing an advantage or inconvenience in the selection process

Submission guidelines

Please read all of these carefully before sending through any of your work:

  • The deadline is September 30, 2021. We will not accept any submissions past that date.
  • All contributors will be paid a small fee.
  • Send your submission to as a word document (.doc or .docx), along with a short bio.
  • We only accept work by teens. If you would like to include a note on your ethnic background, you are welcome to do so, though this isn’t a requirement.
  • Please send your submission with a subject as follows: GENRE (poetry, fiction, or other) – YOUR NAME – Title of your piece
  • We only accept one submission per person for fiction and non-fiction, up to three poems for poets and up to 4 pieces for artists.
  • Please send us only finished pieces.
  • While we accept simultaneous submissions, we ask that you inform us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.


Amongst the many social media platforms that dominate the visual image today, exhibiting work and inevitably standing out from the crowd ‘so to speak’, can pose a real challenge. The saturation of photography in today’s society has resulted in many publications and magazines surrendering to an ‘online platform’. And while the resurrection of genres like film photography and large format have re-invigorated the nostalgia and love that many photographers share. Print has continued as an ironically essential part of the photographic repertoire. High School Magazine continues to support the continuation of this beautiful process and provides opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work beyond the screen.

Our approach to exhibiting a teen photographer’s work is simple and semi-informal, we give emphasis of course to the photographs themselves but also recognize the importance structure and coherence.

Photographers of all strides, whether professional or beginner are welcomed to contribute their masterpiece in the printed edition of High School Magazine. Renowned to be the premier publication to introduce new talent and upcoming artists, we pride in being the benchmark for promoting real stories and genuine creativity. Encouraging our contributors, we aim to expand the photography industry with innovation and newness. From Accra to Abuja, Johannesburg to Los Angeles, we have a widespread online reach.

Whether it’s chromatic or monochromatic, irrespective of the genre, your entry can be our next cover photo. It can be selected as the featured image in our printed edition to strike the cover with its mesmerizing appeal. We place no restriction when it’s about exploring art. Being a true art lover, we know how much passion you pour to capture a mind-blowing shot. Feel free to send us your work and together we enthrall the audience.

Copyright Policy

All image credit will be given to the artist/photographer.

Image Usage Rights

Images provided by the photographer may be used in the follow, including but not limited to: the Magazine Facebook fee, Instagram feed, online articles, artist spotlights, literary pairings or other features.

All submissions are reviewed carefully and in the order in which they are received. Due to the volume of inquiries, we are sometimes not able to reply to each and every contributor.

Make great things happen and build your opportunities. Our formula can potentially direct your career and lead you in the right direction.

The purpose of High School Magazine is to disseminate and promote the work of teen photographers, artists, creatives and writers from around the Africa. Our vocation is the constant search for teen creatives with potential deserving and global recognition. All you need is a push and we at HSM, believe that by exhibiting your work, we can do just that.


How will I know if I get published?
If you are published on our website, you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to your work. If your work is published in our print magazine, you’ll receive another e-mail and we will mail you a free copy of the issue containing your work.

Who decides what gets published?
Our professional editorial staff reviews HUNDREDS of submissions each year. Every submission is read by at least one editor, and we pick the best of the best for each section of High School Magazine.

I submitted something a few months ago, but it hasn’t been published. Should I do anything?
Because of the number of submissions we receive each year, we can only print a fraction of them in our magazine. Of course, submitting more of your work increases your chances of getting published in our print magazine, so we encourage you to send us as many articles as you can!

Are some kinds of submissions more likely to get published in your print magazine?
We look for a variety of work by authors and artists from around the country (and across the world). Some sections, like Reviews, Environment, Letters to the Editor, and Community Service, have considerably fewer submissions, so there is less competition to get published.

What are High School Magazine’s editorial categories? Do I have to pick a category?
Yes. Please take a look at the sections and subsections listed. When you submit, you will be asked to select a category.

What kind of artwork can I submit?
You can submit high quality photographs, scans, or digital copies of any kind of artwork, including oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture, collage, and computer graphics.

Who will see my work if it is published?
Hundreds of thousands of teens, teachers, and libraries across the country and around the world may receive High School Magazine. And, of course, anyone could see your writing and artwork on our website.

If you still have some doubts or want to discuss anything, you can feel free to contact us. We are available round the clock to cater you with the best assistance. Send us your queries at