And all the magic that makes us unique from other journals!
Who is Your Journal Aimed At?
We are looking for all sorts of people, and all sorts of things- specifically youth is important to us, especially high school and college aged students, but we would like to be able to accept work and have readers from a broad spectrum of ages, therefore we have no age limit.
Why is Your Journal Called Paper Trains?
There is a broad spectrum that encompasses the multitude of events we write about. This leads readers on a venturesome journey. Specifically, our name explores the idea that humans are all on board the same train, in different cabins, but are headed toward the same end goal: to better understand the human ambitions, to better connect with the people around us, and to gain insight into different societies. We hope to promote the understanding of the vast cultural differences that surround us. We aim to find empathy in what is not ours, and to elevate emerging writers and young authors to levels that give them the confidence to continue writing.
Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. Check out our 'Submit' page for more guidelines on this process.
How much does it cost to submit?
Submissions are absolutely free- no strings attached! We currently run on a voluntary basis, therefore we are not charging a reading fee.
What is your vision for the future of the magazine?
We have so many hopes and dreams for the magazine. We're always looking to expand the platform, perhaps opening up to drawing and painting submissions. We also are interested in micro-scholarships and more fundraising projects, like the collaboration project we completed in May 2019 with Purple Roan.
Where are Paper Trains writers from?
Paper Trains has received submissions from - North America - South America - Africa - Europe - Australia - Asia (Every continent, except the penguins in Antarctica)
More specifically, we've received submissions from 8 countries and 12 US states!
For some writers, their Paper Trains submission is their first or second submission! Other writers have PHDs and published chapbooks. Some members of the Paper Trains community are studying in a university and others are currently in high school. A few writers are teachers and many write as a hobby.
In others words, Paper Trains embraces submissions from all types of people and we hope this inspires you to submit whether you're an abecedarian or an expert!