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Teen Life & Youth Voices

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teensSan Diego Family Magazine is looking for talented young writers to be published as guest columnists for our Teen Life column (ages 13-18) and Youth Voices column (ages 8-12). This is an opportunity for gifted, young journalists to write about a topic of their choosing that is relevant to teens and kids in San Diego County. 

Teen Life

We are looking for crisp writing about timely, youth-related issues of interest to middle and high school age teens (13-18) and their parents. The essay must be no more than 800 words. Only manuscripts written by teens between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age will be considered.
Submit articles via email as a text document to, editor@sandiegofamily.com

Please include your name, address, age, grade, school and email address. Please put "Teen Life Submission" in the subject line and include a short one or two sentence bio about yourself (ie: John Smith is a 10th grader at Mira Mesa High School. He enjoys reading and playing football). Parental consent is required and must be included.

If you have photos or artwork that complement your story, email high-resolution jpegs with your submission.

Submitting an article does not guarantee publication. San Diego Family Magazine will pay $25 upon publication.


Youth Voices

We are looking for crisp writing about timely, youth-related issues of interest to elementary and middle school kids (ages 8-12) and their parents. The essay must be no more than 600 words. Only manuscripts written by students between 8 and 12 years of age will be considered.

Submit articles via email as a text document to, editor@sandiegofamily.com

Please include your name, address, age, grade, school and email address. Please put "Youth Voices Submission" in the subject line and include a short one or two sentence bio about yourself (ie: Tiffany Jones is a 4th grader at Sundance Elementary School. She enjoys art and playing soccer.). Parental consent is required and must be included.

If you have photos or artwork that complement your story, email high-resolution jpegs with your submission.

Submitting an article does not guarantee publication. San Diego Family Magazine will reward students with an age-appropriate prize if their submission is published.