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CICADA Magazine is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens' truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.)

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    CICADA can be smart, funny, weird, hopeful, dark, defiant—it’s a space where teens can see their truths explored and celebrated. We frequently publish teens’ work, as well as fiction, poetry, comics, zines, and interviews by a variety of established writers and artists. CICADA is an intersectional, LGBTQAI+ friendly publication that strives to ensure that teens see their authentic experience reflected on its pages.

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    • By Autumn in The CICADAverse 1
      Hello and welcome to the shiny new Slam!
      We’re so glad you’re here. It’s been a long process getting here, and we’re over the moon that it’s finally happening.
      To start off, I’d like to encourage everyone to take a look at the rules. Let’s make sure the Slam continues to be a safe and friendly place for all. Be excellent to each other.
      Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to give you a quick tour of the new Slam forums. As always, there are sections for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition, we now have subforums for roleplaying and chatting, where you can get to know one another a bit better. There is also a gallery for Slammer art. You’ll also find polls, contests, and other fun extras on our front page.
      I’m sure we’ll have to make some adjustments and troubleshoot some issues as we break in the new site—all new websites have bugs to work out. Thanks in advance for being patient with us!!
      Cicada readers probably already know that in January 2018 we will be going digital-only. The new digital mag will be housed here as well—more info on that soon!
      If you have any questions, mods will be hanging out in the Whatever forum all day, so please post them there!

      We’re so excited to start the new year with a whole new Slam. But without our Slammers, it’s just a website. Your passion, courage, compassion, kindness, and creativity are what make this the remarkable community it is. We can’t wait to see what you all will create.
      Autumn, Associate Editor
      EDIT: Oh! One more thing I forgot to mention--the first 2 posts by all new users have to be approved by the mods. This will keep spam and bots out. If there's a slight delay on your first couple of posts, that's why. :)
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    • Poetry influences: Susan Briante (her poem "Mother is Marxist" is one of the most brilliant things I've ever read; find it here: https://www.guernicamag.com/mother-is-marxist/); Andrea Gibson (check out "The Nutritionist"), William Evans ("Sickle"), Brenna Twohy ("Nearest Exit", which a group poem, but still), and so many other slam poets; and my friends and editors and classmates, who may not be published yet, but never fail to amaze.

      Fiction influences: Neil Gaiman (particularly Good Omens and American Gods), Margaret Atwood (Year of the Flood, especially), Barbara Kingsolver (Flight Behavior), and Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being). 

      Honestly, I think we're influenced by all the media we consume, so my influences are more or less what I read most. :P


    • @Ainm my grandma read Lab Girl and she bought a copy of it for my aunt, for xmas!

      i'm currently reading difficult women for the second time this year bc it's what i Need to read rn, you know? and after that i'm going to work my way thru the massive pile of library books in the living room.

    • I'm currently reading Lab Girl (Hope Jahren), a memoir of a female scientist who specializes in biogeochemistry; The Gene: An Intimate History (Siddhartha Mukherjee), which is about the history of the field of genetics; In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Christina Sharpe), which is assigned reading for my literature class, but also an incredible examination of what it means to be Black in the aftermath of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; and The Hobbit (Tolkien), a yearly pilgrimage. There are so many others I want to read and want others to read, but I'm not sure if here is the place to enumerate them...

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    • Jack Reacher (One of them I don't have it with me to see what one) by Lee Child. Seriously Jack is probably one of my favorite characters ever.


    • Friendly neighborhood editor-person here, wondering what you're reading at the moment! Tell us a bit about it!


      (Personally, I've just picked up the new Welcome to Night Vale novel, It Devours!)

    • 20 hours ago, woundedBirds said:

      ooo yeah i was wondering about that too......especially about Best of the Slam 2017 participants?? Will those extra copies still come in the mail?


      and it would be really cool to be able to purchase print editions of past issues from an archive.....

      Best of the Slam 2017 will be appearing in our very first digital issue (Jan/Feb 2018)--it's shaping up to be pretty cool! Slammers with work in BotS will get access to the issue in which their work appears. Plus, we'll post the works in our blog.

      You can find our back issues here: https://shop.cricketmedia.com/cicada-back-issues.html

    • 21 hours ago, Short_comedian said:

      I'm really gonna miss the print editions...Will we still be able to order older editions in print? 

      Yeah, we're going to miss print too. But we think the digital edition will be really cool too!


      You can always purchase back issues here, too: https://shop.cricketmedia.com/cicada-back-issues.html

    • What are some of your favorite books/authors, that/whom you think have influenced your writing style?


      John Gardner's Grendel is one of my favorite books, and upon rereading it I noticed that I really have picked up a few of Gardner's techniques and a bit of his style; I read it first about four years ago, and it influenced me even then.

      I've also begun to read a lot of Terry Pratchett, and I can only hope that some of his great skill has bled through.

    • On 11/14/2017 at 4:19 PM, flamecoloredglowstick said:

      a ray of sunshine with mommy issues


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    • I have a bunch of characters, but for now, I'll introduce the ones from my novella and some other miscellaneous OCs


      Corryn of Thestra - a town witch who goes on a quest to rescue her brother and falls in love along the way. Has twenty years of compulsory heterosexuality to get over.

      Circe the Witch - I basically took the concept of Circe and just completely changed basically everything about her. She's a lonely lesbian and wants Corryn to hold her hand.

      Medra the Wanderer - Corryn's brother, a merchant. He likes cats and is a big dork.


      Cairn - a sanguine-insectivore vampire who's a bit of a jerk and has 2.5 friends. She's a Thief of Blood and loves moths

      Thestra - an OC from the Xenaverse; she survived the fire of Cirra and really wants to get back at Xena, but the Fates told her she won't be the one to kill her. She makes money as a traveling fool and honors Dionysus.