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How Long Submissions Take to be Approved

December 6, 2009
By Anonymous

It seems that when you submit something, it takes weeks, perhaps even months for it to be approved. Everything is always published on the website, is it not? Has anyone ever received a letter saying your article was not approved and will never will be? I don't think so. Why not just post everything up right away so we no longer have to wait and wait to see our work up online.

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WolfGurl GOLD said...
on May. 18 at 6:20 pm
WolfGurl GOLD, Classified, Indiana
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I'm new.

Will it REALLY take that long?

Gray_Marie said...
on Jan. 13 at 12:07 pm
Gray_Marie, Fenton, Missouri
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It's a lot easier to criticize than it is to create
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I submitted a poem almost two years ago and I haven't received any updates yet. Starting to think I never will.

on Oct. 29 2020 at 9:13 pm
Katmcd25 BRONZE, Washington, Connecticut
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"We all have wings, but some of us don't know why." -Paloma Faith

i have artwork that i posted 2 months ago and it still hasnt been approved. i also have a story that was deleted from docs so in order to access it i need to wait for it to be approved. I dont know why we cant even read it while its being approved

on Oct. 1 2020 at 1:39 pm
Katmcd25 BRONZE, Washington, Connecticut
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"We all have wings, but some of us don't know why." -Paloma Faith

i posted a story last year and it took less than a week to publish but i posted a month ago and it hasnt been approved yet

Movie_Mochi said...
on Jun. 28 2020 at 7:22 pm
Movie_Mochi, Pinole, California
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I understand where you're coming from, but I'm actually happy that they do check everything. Don't get me wrong; the wait time is a MASSIVE pain. But I feel as though if they didn't there would be a LOT of inappropriate work that would drive many people away. Not to mention, this is supposed to be for 13-19-year-olds and some parents-such as my own- need the website to have a filter in order for them to feel safe enough for their child to post and converse with other people here.

on Apr. 1 2020 at 3:44 pm
gthode_of_the_arts BRONZE, Sumter, South Carolina
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"If you have been brutally broken, but still have the courage to be gentle to others then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself." - Nikita Gill

I submitted at least 6 works, one for a contest, and I still have not had those images and 1 short story approved, and I submitted them almost two months ago.

on Mar. 10 2020 at 3:17 pm
gthode_of_the_arts BRONZE, Sumter, South Carolina
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"If you have been brutally broken, but still have the courage to be gentle to others then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself." - Nikita Gill

I have 6 submissions, 5 of them are photography. One is an article. I can understand the article taking a while, but the photos? That seems like it would take less than a week to be approved.

on Feb. 19 2020 at 8:16 pm
kcornell13 GOLD, Hartland, Wisconsin
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I don't know what you guys are complaining about. When I submit things they usually get approved in about two weeks.

on Feb. 3 2020 at 10:18 am
Bruvton DIAMOND, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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"They don't think it is what it does, but it do." ~Oscar Gamble

It takes over a month to get submissions accepted into the website. It seems like a long time, but considering the amazing opportunity we're given it is well worth it. It usually takes 3 months or more for normal literary magazines to accept or deny submissions, and if they're denied they aren't seen by anyone. Teen Ink, to me, is like a literary magazine that not only takes less time to review submissions, but also doesn't let submissions go to waste if they're not accepted into the print magazine by posting them onto the website.
My best advice is to treat Teen Ink as more of a literary magazine when you submit work, and not like an average writing website. You should publish mainly on websites that don't review every submission, and submit your best work to Teen Ink in hopes that you may be published in print. Don't give up if your first 10 stories don't make it onto the print magazine; keep on sending in your favourite works.
I believe I've had four pieces that were not accepted to the website. Two of them were collaborations (you can't post work on behalf of others), one had references to suicide (it's against the rules to talk about suicide), and one was an opinion piece that I guess was seen as top offensive.

Robert214 GOLD said...
on Jan. 26 2020 at 6:55 pm
Robert214 GOLD, Guangzhou, Other
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The review time is indeed a bit too long...

on Nov. 9 2019 at 6:09 pm
tarantula BRONZE, West Hollywood, California
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What is the current waiting time for fiction and opinion?

LuanaC BRONZE said...
on Jun. 16 2019 at 12:37 am
LuanaC BRONZE, Cupertino, California
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I believe it is good that they review everything, so that TeenInk can be appropriate and highly qualified. I wouldn't be as proud for my work to get published, if it wouldn't be controlled or if it would be uploaded among a lot of inappropriate articles. Also, they need to review it to give the badges. They are responsible for the publications on here and on how the readers are influenced, so it is their decision wether to approve it or not and in my opinion it is definitelt better to control all the submission, even if it takes a long time to do so.

on Mar. 18 2019 at 6:26 pm
nikbha21 BRONZE, Hillsborough, New Jersey
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actually, one of my works was rejected since it was a duplicate (an accident) so that's probably why.

on Oct. 1 2018 at 9:21 pm
Dani_Higareda PLATINUM, Hanahan, South Carolina
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I'm just thankful that they publish my work. It does take kind of a long time, but, you know, there are many, many other people who also submit their work and need to get it approved.

on Aug. 30 2018 at 8:20 pm
Phantom092 BRONZE, Phoenix, Arizona
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you make a very good point. i think it is really stupid that we have to wait. welp bye! to wattpad i go!!! yah i DONT have to wait.

on Jun. 8 2018 at 4:24 pm
Davianna BRONZE, Ionia, Michigan
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Greenleaf GOLD said...
on Feb. 10 2018 at 12:09 am
Greenleaf GOLD, Oakville, Ontario
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"Oft hope is born when all is forlorn." --J.R.R. Tolkien

To add on: I understand that the site's administrators likely have thousands of submissions to go through which could understandably slow the process, but I guess what I'm boiling down to here is that I wish there was more transparency about how they conduct their approval process. In the meantime, I feel there are many other writing-based sites which - though admittedly without having Teen Ink's wider audience - make better and more accessible platforms for posting one's writing. Wattpad is a classic, as is Fictionpress. Archive of our Own, though primarily a fanfiction site, also has an "original fandom" category for original works, if anyone is interested in trying it. Otherwise, good luck to everyone with submitted works currently pending!

Greenleaf GOLD said...
on Feb. 9 2018 at 11:58 pm
Greenleaf GOLD, Oakville, Ontario
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"Oft hope is born when all is forlorn." --J.R.R. Tolkien

I honestly feel this? I'm a new member, but heard about Teen Ink long before I joined. The whole "approval" process seems rather exclusive to me? I've never before joined a writing website where you had to actually wait for your work to be moderated and approved before being posted. I also can't tell if they're just making sure that there's no """inappropriate content""" in submissions or if they're flat-out refusing submissions that they don't think are "good enough" to be posted. I don't know. I want to be optimistic about this website, but whenever I hear about there being rules of "approval" before submissions are posted, I start to worry about censorship, and what kinds of rules against "inappropriate content" are being instated. (What even is this site's definition of "inappropriate content", anyway? I can't help but be reminded of when YouTube's policies expanded to include any and all LGBTQ+ content as "mature" or "18+", which is patently untrue.) And being rejected so many times from even just the website itself, as I'm seeing more and more of among writers' experiences on this site, can be so profoundly discouraging to young writers just getting started with their creations. I am incredibly skeptical about this system, and there's not a peep from the people who run it. They just publish articles about people complaining about this very thing, like they're saying "Look! We care about the voices of our members!" while not actually responding or doing anything to address this concern.

on Jun. 11 2017 at 8:53 am
HereSheIs BRONZE, Wellesley, Massachusetts
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I feel you, sanfranciscowriter. My first piece took a weekend to go up, but I submitted a (kinda long) story two weeks ago and it's still pending approval. I think they want to be nice to their new members so we'll stay. I mean, as much as I hate the wait, and wish that they would give us an estimated time so we wouldn't have to keep checking obsessively, I love TeenInk and won't quit because of it. Your advice is good, though, and I'll try to do it.

on Oct. 2 2016 at 1:50 pm
DJRAVS BRONZE, London, Other
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ill try that thanks