If you are someone who likes to write, whether for a possible career or for fun, the literary magazine Young Idea is looking for people like you! For those of you who don’t know, Young Idea is Lake Forest High School’s literary magazine full of student work that is published at the end of the year. We, at Young Idea, are currently looking for more pieces to read and edit. We will accept anything from short stories to poems. Your pieces will be read anonymously and a suggestion sheet will be returned to you, so if you don’t feel comfortable personally sharing your work with others, Young Idea is the perfect place to get feedback. Your work may even be included in the magazine at the end of the year! If you’re interested in submitting but are unsure of what kind of thing we’re looking for, an example is provided below. This is a piece written by senior Lauren Abbattista that was published in last year’s addition of Young Idea. Young idea is sponsored by Dr. Mara Dukats (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mr. Jimmy Juliano (email@example.com). Please feel free to contact them via email with any questions regarding Young Idea.
The Setting Colors of Childhood
the shade of pomegranate that stains your shaky hands,
the color you have in your eyes when you look at the sun,
the time you snip the tip of your finger doing arts and crafts.
the piece of cheese that lures the mouse,
the powdered burst of sound which springs from the gun barrel,
the crayola marker that blends and bleeds through your skin.
the bitterness in your mouth after tasting garlic,
the screech of a bird falling through the sky,
the color of broken, smiley-faced cookies in grease-stained, paper bags.
the cilantro that diffuses through the sticky kitchen air,
the stalk of prairie what that waves as a flurry of feathers floats down,
the grass stains on your knees and elbows that the bleach cannot remove.
the cracked container lid in the top right corner of the highest shelf in the fridge,
the color of sleep settling over the ever-ceasing twitches of the body,
the cold voice of the lullaby that aids your eyelids in their descent.
the muscle of meat bleeding into the cutting board beneath citrus hands,
the stone-still veins fading into the dirt and shade,
the bruises room other limbs and trees and scratches littering your dreams.
the crushed pepper i the floor cracks, forgotten and brushed under the sink,
the approaching void that stretched over the dirt and higher-up horizon at dusk,
the feeling of nothing in your belly that aches as a fire burns behind your eyes.
To submit a piece, email the document as a PDF or Word file to Dr. Dukats at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to remove your name from it. Whether you’re just looking for tips to improve your writing workshop or attempting to find your voice here at LFHS, Young Idea is an excellent way to showcase the writing talents many students at our school possess. And if you love reading and critiquing creative writing, I encourage you to join us after school on Thursdays in the Publick Room!