How Long Submissions Take to be Approved | Teen Ink

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.

Similar Articles


This article has 417 comments.

leafy said...
on Oct. 13 2011 at 5:28 pm
leafy, City, Other
0 articles 0 photos 682 comments

Favorite Quote:
Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. 
Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. 
Gil: You haven't even read it yet. 
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it. If it's good, then I'll be envious and hate it even more. You don't want the opinion of another writer. 

***EVERYONE PLEASE READ*** sorry about the all caps, but i just wanted to get everyone's attention. Okay first, look at this piece, and think? Is it written well? Is it even true? Does it really deserve your comment? Sorry if this seems rude, but no. There have been pieces that have been censored, and even rejected. Not only that, but the editors look through to see which pieces should be given an Editor's Choice mark and which should be published. If there was no magazine for this site, I would understand your frustration, but you're wrong. Also, this should've been asked in the forums or emailed to the Moderator, not posted on here. Thanks for reading this, and please, have this post be the last one on here. If you would like to continue to argue this point, please do so in the forums, because this piece certainly does not deserve your comment. ***Thank You***

on Aug. 31 2011 at 6:49 pm
Annaklusmos BRONZE, Phoenix, Arizona
3 articles 2 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Make it work." - Tim Gunn, Project runway,

you have to give these people credit though. there are tons and tons of teens on this site and more each day. The amount of work they have to go through to give us a safe fun place to express ourselves is hard enough. then they have to deal with the printed magazine AND running a business too. It can be overwhelming, besides is'nt it worth the wait when it comes out and every body tells you how much they love it?

on Aug. 28 2011 at 2:01 pm
JustSpaceyCasey BRONZE, Turner, Maine
3 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." - Alexander Hamilton

You stole the words right out of my mouth. :)

on Jul. 31 2011 at 5:52 pm
The_Typewriter GOLD, Dumont, New Jersey
12 articles 0 photos 12 comments
I agree that it takes a long time, but I also believe that it varies on what category you're writing for. Once I submitted two pieces at once: a short story and a poem. The short story was posted relatively soon and when an e-mail didn't come for the poem I thought: "I guess it is not going to get posted." However, a long time later it did get posted. As I said, it varies. 

on Jul. 27 2011 at 11:35 pm
andromeda13 SILVER, Barrie, Other
8 articles 0 photos 174 comments
well you gotta figure that about amillion people are submitting stuff i bet it takes a long time too look through it all, as long as it isn't extremely inappropriate it will prob get posted sooner or later :)

on Jul. 21 2011 at 9:55 pm
Bushra Ghaniwala BRONZE, Oakbrook, Illinois
2 articles 0 photos 14 comments
I was wondering... how long does it take for a piece to get accepted for the print magazine?

on Jul. 21 2011 at 5:42 pm
Anonymous17 BRONZE, Googleville, Maryland
3 articles 0 photos 3 comments
To me the losing virginity is pornography and the bad language is hate speech. That's just my opinion; I don't want to offend anyone else.

on Jul. 20 2011 at 11:42 pm
ohmakemeover BRONZE, Centerville, Minnesota
3 articles 0 photos 98 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth."- Margaret Atwood

Sometimes it has barely taken hours for me, and sometimes it takes a month.  As long as it gets posted, I wouldn't sweat it.  Sometimes the anticipation is fun! :-)

on Jul. 20 2011 at 11:38 pm
ohmakemeover BRONZE, Centerville, Minnesota
3 articles 0 photos 98 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth."- Margaret Atwood

Those things aren't inappropriate, they are a part of teen life that cannot be ignored.  What would be inappropriate is hate speech, pornography, etc. 

on Jul. 16 2011 at 2:32 pm
Anonymous17 BRONZE, Googleville, Maryland
3 articles 0 photos 3 comments
How is that true? People write stories that have bad language in it, smoking, drinking, losing virginity...That isn't appropriate, yet it was published on this site.

on Jul. 3 2011 at 4:55 pm
just-another-url GOLD, Cannes, Other
16 articles 6 photos 151 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's a good thing to be strange. Normalness leads to sadness." -Philip Lester

I once wrote something that was not approved but I didn't even get a letter explaining why. And I understand your frustration, I have work that has been pending approval for about 1 month now... 

TheJust ELITE said...
on Jul. 1 2011 at 1:03 am
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Meaning they only edit for content. Not if the piece is actually well written or not.

on Jun. 17 2011 at 5:02 pm
Myvoice4change SILVER, Other, Other
9 articles 3 photos 164 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

Karstarr13, what do you mean by "they take everything?"

on Jun. 10 2011 at 3:47 pm
lovelymoon SILVER, Brooklyn, New York
6 articles 0 photos 15 comments
I agree with you that sometimes submitted work takes a long time to be posted online but I think it's because the editors have to make sure that all the material is appropriate, before putting it up.

Ramsha S. said...
on Jun. 8 2011 at 10:24 pm
On my previous account, my poem was taking so long to get published, like at least a month. And then for some reason, teenink won't let me log in to that account so I made a new one and posted it again. But of course it still hasn't been approved.. :(

on Jun. 2 2011 at 5:15 pm
FULLFORCE BRONZE, Hyde Park, Massachusetts
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
Math- Matical!

your definetly right on that!

on May. 31 2011 at 5:03 pm
tayleeeeeeeer SILVER, Laplata, Maryland
5 articles 1 photo 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.

Well, just be positive. If they posted them immediately, your work would never be discovered(:

on May. 6 2011 at 7:03 pm
RideTheWave BRONZE, South Riding, Virginia
4 articles 0 photos 30 comments
what i have found is that since there are a lot of poems submitted, the poems i sumbit take a while to be posted. but there are not many novels, that is probably why it doesnt take as long for them to get approved, because the list of pieces to approve is shorter.

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on May. 5 2011 at 1:58 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

I cannot tell you how much I agree with this person! The work takes like a month to get up on the website!! It's very aggrvating!

Neta613 GOLD said...
on May. 4 2011 at 9:26 pm
Neta613 GOLD, Highland Park, New Jersey
10 articles 0 photos 6 comments
I think that the world is just not used to nice people lik Authorgal98 and lyssa28