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Submitting Your Story

We appreciate your interest in sharing your story with the Elephants and Tea AYA (adolescent and young adult) cancer community!

Please read the guidelines below before submitting using the form at the bottom of this page.

Our Director of Content will reach out to you once your submission has been reviewed. Because of the influx of submissions we receive, this will take a minimum of two weeks.

Most articles submitted will be shared only on our website, as we post three articles a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Articles are typically scheduled two months in advance.

Current Digital Submission Theme:
Aging Out of AYA – Due 2/10/23
*theme description below

We have four quarterly print magazines that come out in March, June, September, and December. While we would love to include every submission in one of our magazines, we unfortunately are unable to do so.

Current Magazine Submission Theme:
Dear Cancer – Due 2/24/23
*theme description below

Digital and Magazine Theme Descriptions:

Digital Call for Submissions:

Aging Out of AYA
*Submissions Due: Friday, February 10th

While AYA is considered 15-39, cancer survivorship doesn’t get easier once you’re outside of that age range. What is it like “aging out” of AYA? Has the support you’re receiving changed? What can the young adult cancer community do to continue to provide you with support?

2023 Magazine Themes:

Summer – Dear Cancer
*Submissions Due: Friday, February 24th 

If you could speak to cancer, what would you say? Would you address it with gratitude or anger, hope or sadness? Write a letter to cancer and let the writing take you where it may, even if it takes you somewhere unexpected. Get your feelings out by personifying cancer on the page.

Fall – Words Matter
*Submissions Due: Friday, June 23rd

The words we use have power. You get to choose the language you use surrounding your cancer experience. What are your thoughts on the language surrounding survivorship, your cancer “journey,” cancer as a battle, or being called brave? What is something someone has said to you about cancer that was insensitive or hurtful? What about something that was exactly what you needed in that moment?

Winter – Rediscovering Yourself After Cancer
*Submissions Due: Friday, September 15th

Cancer changes your life drastically, especially as an AYA. How has your life changed since cancer? Have you experienced positive or negative changes? What does your life look like now compared to before cancer? Is there a new job or hobby in your life? How has your outlook on life changed? What do you value more after cancer? What do you want less of in your life now?

Submission Requirements:

"There is no right or wrong way to share your story. Your writing might take you in a direction you didn't expect and that's okay. Write from the heart and share what you are comfortable with. I'm excited to read your submission!"
-Rachel Mihalko
Director of Content
  • Please write between 500 – 1000 words for website submissions
  • Please write between 1200 – 1500 words for magazine submissions
  • Poetry submissions of any word count are encouraged
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