Bridge Ink is published every other month and seeks original writing from young voices ages 13 to 18*. Our editors yearn to see something different, to learn from a piece of work, or to discover a new point of view. We are looking for young, honest voices daring enough to share those stories. How can a poem reveal an observation, emotion, or experience in a new or unique way? How can a story change a reader’s way of thinking? We want stories that open our minds to new possibilities.

Submissions are open year-round, always welcomed, and always free. Young adults can send their writing (no more than 1,500 words) to and include their name, age, city, state, contact information, and how they found Bridge Ink. We only publish the writer’s age, first name, and last initial (unless there’s a request to be published anonymously), and where the writer is from.

If you are a young adult sending a response to or art for our Ekphrastic Challenge*, please include “Ekphrastic Challenge” in the subject line of your email. Thank you!

*Occasionally, we also accept submissions from writers age 10-12.

Ekphrastic Challenge*

The editors at Bridge Ink have created an Ekphrastic Challenge series using submissions of teen artwork to inspire poetry and prose.

Write a poem, story, or essay in response to or in reflection of the featured art, and then submit your work following the directions above. Winners will be posted as the featured story in the following issue.

If you’re an artist and would like a chance to feature your art for the next Ekphrastic Challenge, please send your art to and include your name, age, city, state, and contact information.