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Winter Issue 2024 Inside Look

Art by Cecilia Yang

Introduction by Julian Riccobon

Video Clips by Cloris Shi and Andrea Granata

Video Editing by Rowan Manley


Polyphony Lit's Volume 19 Winter Issue is now live, and for this issue, we're offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process!

Have you ever wondered how Polyphony Lit editors are selected for promotion and rise through the ranks? What sort of skills do our Editors-in-Chief look for in Senior Editors, Executive Editors, and Genre Managing Editors? Join one of our co-Editors-in-Chief, Cloris Shi, as she sheds some light on the editorial promotion process.

This issue also features the winners of Polyphony Lit's Latin Heritage Contest 2023 ("Vuelve a Casa" by Zanna Vasquez, "Skin Tones" by Cordelia Scoville, and "First Thaw" by Elina Kumra.) Join our Latin Heritage Contest Judge and Spanish Translator, Andrea Granata, as she discusses the contest theme of "Constructing Identity" and how our submitters responded to the call for submissions with pieces that were personal, introspective, and insightful.

At Polyphony Lit, we believe that every piece of writing is valuable and every writer shows potential, regardless of whether their work is accepted for publication. Since our founding in 2004, we've received submissions from students in 84 countries and 52 U.S. states / territories. Our student editors have given feedback to every submission, over 21,000 and counting!

With your generous support we are able to:

  • Provide 100s of program scholarships each year to aspiring teen writers and edits from all over the world.

  • Publish 3 print literary magazines annually, featuring writing from our global community of high school students.

  • Offer numerous writing contests each year, designed by students.

  • Place physical copies of our publications in schools and libraries.

  • Feature guest writers selected by our student staff at our bi-annual virtual literary salons.

  • Design and offer engaging curriculum for the next generation of young literary professionals.

If you enjoyed reading the Winter Issue, then we hope you will consider donating to help support our efforts!


Winter Issue Inside Look

with Cloris Shi and Andrea Granata


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