For our second annual issue, the Tellus Zine Editorial Board invites Greater Cincinnati teens to use art to explore transformations within their community and their own process of becoming through the theme: Metamorphosis.

The word “metamorphosis” connotes both physical and metaphysical changes, human and otherwise. Because young people today have had to adopt a sudden maturity that influences the way they perceive the world, Tellus is inviting participants to creatively explore changes both inside themselves and their communities. This theme allows opportunities for visualization and open interpretation, as it is personal and unique to everyone who chooses to tackle it.

submission guidelines
Excited to share your work with Tellus?
Please read this page in its entirety to ensure your submission is complete.
Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • We accept submissions from artists ages 13-21 only.
  • All submissions must be original works by you.
  • A maximum of 5 entries per applicant may be submitted.
  • Submissions Due: March 1, 2021, 11:59PM EST

media guidelines
Accepted Media:
Creative Writing Submissions (poetry, fiction, essay)
  • Individual writing submissions are limited to 300 words max.
  • Accepted File Format(s): PDF or Word Doc
  • Save as yourlastname_yourfirstname_Submission 1.PDF, etc.

Video/Audio Submissions (music, video art, animation)
  • 5 minutes max per single video/audio submission
  • Save as yourlastname_yourfirstname_Submission 2.mp4, etc.
  • Accepted File Format: MP4/MP3
  • Individual file size not to exceed 5 MB

Artwork Submissions (photography, illustration, painting, printmaking, collage)
  • Accepted image file formats: JPEG/PNG
  • File Size: 72 ppi, 2000 pixels on long edge, individual file size should not exceed 3 MB
  • Save as yourlastname_yourfirstname_Submission 3.png, etc.

  • Note: We only accept digital submissions. 2-D art documentations (painting/collage/etc.) must be properly exposed, cropped to art, and in focus. Low quality images will not be accepted.

two ways to submit your work
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2021, 11:59 pm EST
Acceptance Notification: March 21, 2021
Issue Launch: May 2021 (exact date TBA)

If you have questions and/or need help with your application, please contact Bethany Pelle at 513-800-4567, email [email protected] or visit the Tellus Zine website at

How else can you get involved?

Join Tellus & Teen Artists for Change for our next workshop:
About Tellus Zine: 
Tellus Zine is a digital publication, led by an all-youth editorial board, showcasing visual art and creative writing by young adults from across Greater Cincinnati. Tellus’s mission is to provide a platform for young people to express themselves bravely and creatively as a part of our diverse community. The Tellus Editorial Board consists of 14 high school students from across Cincinnati. The board meets twice a month to develop the Zine, review submissions, and plan events. The board also hosts a free guest speaker series and free creative workshops open to Greater Cincinnati teens. Tellus Zine is a creative offshoot of Kennedy Heights Art Center’s program Teen Artists for Change.

About Kennedy Heights Arts Center:
The mission of Kennedy Heights Arts Center is to enhance the life of the surrounding community through arts and cultural experiences that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community. Founded in 2004, the community arts center provides arts education programs, exhibitions, and cultural events for more than 5,000 youth and adults annually.

For more information please contact Bethany Pelle at 513-800-4567, email [email protected] or visit the Tellus Zine website at