Issue 4 (Spring 2018)
Deadline: January 31, 2018


InkBeat is open for creative writing and art submissions for Issue 4. Students around the world ages 14-19 are encouraged to submit their creative work in English and/or Chinese.


Why contribute?  

  • Get feedback! All submitted work, whether published or not, will receive personal comments by request.
  • Get published! Selected pieces will be printed in the first issue of the Beijing Youth Literary Review
  • Get heard! Students will have the chance to present their work at a public reading. 
  • Get a prize! Published student writers will automatically be considered for the 1st annual Beijing Youth Writers Award at the end of the year.


Submission Guidelines  

All submissions must go through our online forms. Please use the links below for the genre you would like to submit. You are allowed to submit in multiple categories, but you must submit each one separately (for instance, one for poetry and one for visual art).


Written Work: submit here

          Poetry:  Send up to 5 poems, maximum 7 pages total. 

Flash Fiction:  Send up to 3 stories of no more than 500 words each.

Short Stories:  Send one short story of up to 2,500 words.

Diaries: Find your favorite diary post, polish it up, and send it to us. If you don't have a diary, write your favorite diary post! We are looking for intimate, honest, and original writing.

Reviews: We are looking for reviews of film, music, and literature from unique perspectives.

Complete the online form and upload your literary submission in one docx, doc, or pdf file. Name your file 'Last name_First name_Genre' (Shakespeare_William_Poetry).


Visual/Graphic Art & Photography: Submit here

All types of visual art:  Send up to 5 pieces.

Complete the online form and upload your visual art submission with each piece in a separate jpeg, png, or pdf file (up to 5 files total). Name each file 'Last name_First name_Title of piece.' You may include an optional artist's statement about your work(s) of no more than 50 words. 


All submissions  

Include a short biographical statement of 20-40 words, using 'I' (I am interested in... In the future I plan to... etc.). Please indicate whether or not you would like to receive feedback on your work from the editors, and if so, on which piece(s). This is an option for all submissions regardless of whether they are accepted for publication. 

If you have questions or problems with the online submission form, please contact us at



Submissions to the InkBeat Blog are always open!

We are seeking interesting reviews, think pieces, artsy tidbits, found poetry/art, or brief analyses to be published on our blog.