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Old 03-19-2008, 09:40 AM
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Anybody know anything about this publisher? Any opinions, comments, complaints etc.?

Website is www.teenink.com

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Old 03-19-2008, 10:20 PM
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A Google search for 'teen ink scam' and other related words comes up fairly clean. The only negative comment I could find was this:
Teen Ink is a scam. They practically print anyone who sends something in. The only ones who usually get it are the ones who submit.

I'm going to get this, so I can prove that they all suck.
You can find the comment here:
http://forums.livingwithstyle.com/ar...p/t-88835.html

I think they're fairly safe, but be careful. Has anyone else come across them?
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:40 AM
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The only reason I asked was because without my permission, my mom submitted something of mine and it got published in their magazine. I received a free copy, a wooden pen, and some postit notes. I'm still trying to decide if I should be happy and/or if it means anything or not.

I read some of their prose and poetry and it was quality stuff. The only things that sucked were the non fiction pieces.
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if they don't ask you to buy the issue your work appears in, then they're probably not a scam... but that doesn't mean it's something you can brag about, if they take your work on...

you need to do some checking and find reviews of their publications that are not written by staff members, or kids whose work has been published by them, to get an honest pov...

and i'd have a serious but friendly talk with your mom [whose only sin was being proud of you], about not submitting your work without asking you first...

love and hugs, maia [mom of 7, none of whom have become writers ;-(]
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Well Mike C said on writingforums that it was ok to put on my resume, which is pretty cool since whenever I see Mike C posting something associated with publishing its usually not good news.
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The only ones who usually get it are the ones who submit.
I'd say that sentence qualifies the commentary there pretty well.

And hints that the commenter was like the only guy they ever rejected.
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I don't see any reason to run around researching this outfit. If you're in, you're in. It's a link to a published piece of work. End of story.
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I used to work there. For many, many, many years. No, they don't publish most of what gets sent in. You are never charged to get a copy of your piece, if you are published, they send you the issue you are in. Every piece of work that is sent in is reviewed by at least two editors before it is decided whether or not it will get published. They get more poetry than any other category, so if you are desperate to get published, don't set yet another love poem.

And, of course, you have to be a teenager to be published in it.
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How can you tell?

So the "teenink" site has been around for many years? Cool.
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Originally Posted by Lin View Post
How can you tell?

So the "teenink" site has been around for many years? Cool.
The magazine started in 1989, and the website in, I think 1998.

And the quote saying "the only ones who get it are the ones who are in it" is not true. Many schools subscribe - the teacher gets a box every month, and individuals can subscribe as well.

How can you tell what?

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I think he's asking how can you tell the people you published are teenagers?

I wondered about that myself. Is teenink a reputable publisher, in your opinion?
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Originally Posted by Cuchulain View Post
I think he's asking how can you tell the people you published are teenagers?

I wondered about that myself. Is teenink a reputable publisher, in your opinion?
Everyone who submits work is required to fill in a birthdate, school name and a teacher's name, as well as their address and phone number. That way if there is any doubt, the staff can contact the school or parent and verify. And after working there a while, it is pretty easy to spot the difference between teen and adult, and even preteen writing in almost every case. I don;t know of anyone over age who was ever published, and very few even submitted stuff.

They are a reputable publisher, a certified non-profit, even.
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Hey, big deal. I'M a non-profit.



Not intentionally, but still...
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Originally Posted by Lin View Post
Hey, big deal. I'M a non-profit.



Not intentionally, but still...

No, I mean they went to all the trouble and paperwork and lawyers to become a registered 501(c)3 non-profit according to the federal government, so people can make tax-deductible contributions to them and all that.
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Think if I did that I could start making a profit?

Oh... wait a minute.
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Originally Posted by Cuchulain View Post
The only reason I asked was because without my permission, my mom submitted something of mine and it got published in their magazine. I received a free copy, a wooden pen, and some postit notes. I'm still trying to decide if I should be happy and/or if it means anything or not.

I read some of their prose and poetry and it was quality stuff. The only things that sucked were the non fiction pieces.
A belated congratulations, Cuchulain. It might have been sweeter if you'd chosen to submit yourself, but hey: it's a credit, right?
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I think it's kind of cool getting published without even having to submit, frankly.

Sometimes Mom's really come through big.
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