Here it is! We are so proud of the second volume of FFTT. We had a wonderful pool of submissions to choose from this time, and the final product exceeded our expectations.

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Cover Art Reveal – Finally!

Hello! Due to unforeseen circumstances, this second issue got pushed back a bit farther than we’d hoped. However, as of today we are all set to go, and delighted to reveal the cover of Forest for the Trees No. 2! Contributors copies will be going out next week, and as soon as they do we will let you know – No. 2 will be ready to order!

We love the vintage look of this issue – plus, it’s a wrapped image! Order your copy when it goes live to see the whole thing.

As always, thanks for your support!


No. 2 – Contributors

Work from the following authors will be included in Forest for the Trees No. 2, coming soon!



Sarah Ang, 17, is a student residing in the city-state of Singapore. A professional daydreamer, she often spends time staring off into the distance at nothing in particular. For her, writing is a way to transcribe these reveries into rational thought. Her work has been featured in publications such as Litro Magazine, The Claremont Review, Page & Spine, Cultured Vultures and the Dangerous Women Project by the University of Edinburgh.

Elissa Blake, 18, recently graduated from University Laboratory High School in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. This fall she will be a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is a member of the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars program. She has published several pieces in Moledro Magazine, The Round, Navigating the Maze, and Polyphony H.S., and maintains a blog at She plans to continue writing throughout college and beyond, provided that the vast abyss of adulthood is merciful.

Since Mackenzie Dwyer could read, she’s known a longing to make a mark on literature. But another landmark decision of hers was to drop out of marksmanship Junior Olympics qualifying rounds to go earn her black belt and a concussion. At her current age of sixteen, her work has garnered regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognition along with recent acceptances in Ink in Thirds Magazine, Picaroon Poetry, Les Rêves des Notre Ours, and The Broken City.

Joseph Felkers is a pushcart nominated poet whose work has been recognized by Princeton University, and appears in decomP, Juked, SOFTBLOW, and Rust + Moth, among others. He reads for Adroit, edits for Polyphony HS, and lives in West Michigan—for now.

Abbie Guard, 17, lives with her family and many pets in Burlington, KY.  When not writing, she loves to do theater, read (especially the classics), and go backpacking.  Her first novel, Red, was published in 2015, and she is an alum of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Creative Writing class of 2016.

Ayana Harscoet, 17, is a nature nerd who loves taking her inspiration from the outdoors. When she isn’t becoming one with the trees, you can find her singing with her choir, reading, or spending quality time with her cats. She currently resides in suburban Bellevue, Washington, where she can fulfill her needs for both beautiful views and a library within walking distance.

Rachel Herman, 18, is from New York.

Lindsey Hobart, 19, is a bunny enthusiast from a tiny town in Upstate New York. If she isn’t singing in the shower, she can be found in a seedy hipster cafe reading Bukowski and yelling about capitalism.

Caitlyn Jacobs, 17, is a writer from Clinton, Iowa; a place filled with factories and corn fields. Her genre of choice is poetry, much of which is inspired by her surroundings. This is her first publication. Caitlyn can often be found reading when she should be studying and putting way too much cream in her coffee.

Betsy Jenifer, 17, is from a rinky-dink town called Vellore in south India. She is tall, lanky and obsessive. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Polyphony H.S, Quail bell, The Tishman review, Page &Spine and The daphne review, among others.

Alayna Johnosn, 17, lives in Minneapolis, MN where she spends time volunteering at the local animal shelter, practicing martial arts, and learning about science. In fact, she plans on studying physics in college. Sometimes, though, she turns to creative pursuits like writing to cope with emotions that even science cannot explain.

Jenna Kurtzweil, 19, hails from Palatine, IL.  Along with her responsibilities as a student at the University of Illinois, Jenna is always looking for new opportunities to experience life through travel, literature, music, and all forms of storytelling.  Jenna has also been published in Blue Marble Review.

Rachel Lietzow, 19, is a sophomore from Kentucky, attending the University of Kentucky. Though a Chinese and International Economics major, she also enjoys writing and playing musical instruments. Ever since elementary school, creative writing has been Rachel’s medium of emotional expression. She has been published in a few other literary magazines, such as Brainchild.

Jayne Mai, 17, is a rising senior from Lake Forest, Illinois, with a passion for writing, economics, and politics.  In addition to leading her school’s debate and Future Problem Solving teams, she’s a tennis player, literary magazine Editor-in-Chief, and avid baker.  She has won several writing awards at the national and regional levels including a Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal.

Naqiya Motiwalla, 17, is a senior in high school from the Boston area. She loves Holden Caufield, jazz, and pastel. Her work also appears in the Marble Collection.

Abigail Oliver, 18, is a first year student at Mount Holyoke College from Hamilton, NJ. She currently plans to study history and pre-law, and has been published in Aspirations, Caelestis, and Moneta Literary Magazines. Abby would like to thank her family, particularly her sister and cats, for their constant (and usually involuntary) inspiration.

Julia Pope is a junior at The Pingree School in Massachusetts. Pope’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Daphne Review, Moledro Magazine, Straylight Magazine, and Teen Ink among others. She received first place in the Kubla Khan World’s Poetry Competition, and has received gold keys from the national Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. In addition, Pope is an intern editor for E&GJ Little Press and a staff editor for Pegasus (The Pingree School literary magazine).

Sydney Sargis, 18, is a sarcastic rugby player currently residing in a van down by the river. Born and raised in Chicago, she plans on attending Columbia College of Chicago in the fall to double major in Poetry and Arts Management. Her interests include co-editing for Teenage Wasteland Review, writing poetry, listening to records, and eating- a lot.

Bailey Share Aizic, 17, is a writer, student, and Oxford comma enthusiast based in Los Angeles. She works on the editorial board of Wizards in Space Magazine, a new-ish litmag by and for offbeat writers, and performs improv comedy in her (scant) spare time. Read her work in Noctua Review, Rogue Agent Journal, and Right Hand Pointing Magazine, and read her mind @sortabailey.

Jazmine Thompson, 17, is a poet who lives for creativity and pickles.

Nicole Tota, 17, is a senior at Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ. She will be attending Rowan University in the fall as an English major. When not writing, she enjoys reading classics, a good cup of tea, and crocheting. You can find her work in Teen Ink and Skipping Stones, among others, and she is a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards winner, as well as a 2016 Youth Honor Award recipient.

Drew Weisserman, 14, is a sophomore at Milken Community High School. He is fairly new to the writing world and has never gotten a poem published before – but he hopes to start!


Lauren Mead is a recent graduate of The Humber School For Writers where she completed her first novel “SPIRITED!”  She is from Orangeville, ON. In her spare time, she writes book reviews at and reads voraciously.

FFTT No. 2 Update

We’re back!

After spending these dreary months keeping warm and reading through all of your submissions, we have made our decisions and are happy to tell you that Forest for the Trees No. 2 is nearly ready! Once our behind the scenes magic does its work, we will have a shiny new book to show you!

This year we received nearly 150 submissions, and from them we chose two dozen talented young writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Congratulations to all of our contributors, and stay tuned for stay tuned for an incoming post letting you know more about who they are and what makes their fingers itch with creativity.

In other news, we’d like to draw your attention to our new submissions policy. We are sincerely grateful to Green Submissions for offering a submissions manager funded completely by grants, which makes it accessible to small, volunteer run journals like Forest for the Trees. We will only be accepting submissions through this manager from now on, so we won’t be considering any new submissions that come into our email inbox. (If you have already submitted to our email, no worries. We’ll still get to you.) Click here to go to our new submissions page and have a look around!

Finally, because we are a volunteer-run journal with extremely limited resources, we are sorry to say that we won’t be able to send our No. 3 contributors free contributors copies as we have done in the past. Instead, we will send our future contributors a link to purchase the issue in which their work appears at a heavily discounted rate. We think that is still pretty cool, and thank you for understanding what it takes to keep small journals like us afloat.

Happy April, and keep your eye out for FFTT No. 2, coming soon!

Forest for the Trees No. 1


We are thrilled to announce that the inaugural issue of Forest for the Trees is now available for order!

Front Cover

Join me in congratulating everyone who contributed to this issue: T. Aliano, Olivia Caldwell, Victoria Drake, Farah Ghafoor, Laura Ingram, Seb Nedham, Rachel Thorn, Emily Wang, Samantha Wu-Georges, Nusrat Zeba, Kristen O’Neal, and Kathryn Vander Ark. Their bio blurbs can be found here.

Creating this issue was a fantastic experience, and we can’t wait to go through the process all over again for No. 2. But we need your help! Please show your support for young writers by purchasing your very own issue of No. 1. We’re confident that you’ll like what you read. Thank you! Click the links below to order your very own copy today!

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No. 1 – Contributors

Work from the following contributors will be featured in FFTT No. 1, available April 15th!


T. Aliano, 18, is a recent graduate from Las Vegas. When not writing, he can usually be found reading, blogging, or debating politics. He divides his time between Nevada, Austria, and Vermont, where he attends Middlebury College. This is his first publication.

Olivia Caldwell, 17, attends Holliston High School in Massachusetts. This past summer she attended a creative writing residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Olivia enjoys cats, coffee, bands, and bad puns. She can be found on tumblr as loserwritespoetry.

Victoria Drake, 18, is from Chesterfield, VA. She is honored to be a part of the first volume of Forest for the Trees. Writing is an important part of her life and through each of her poems she hopes to bring a sense of reality, inner thoughts, and a way to reach the truth in us all.

Farah Ghafoor, 15, is a poet and a co-founder/editor at Sugar Rascals. She grew up in Fredericton, Canada, and believes that she deserves a cat and expensive perfumes. Her work is published or forthcoming in Alexandria Quarterly, alien mouth, Really System, Moonsick and elsewhere. Find her online at

Laura Ingram, 18, is a tiny girl with large glasses. From Disputanta, Virginia, she has been published nationally and internationally in Gravel Magazine, The Crucible, The Cactus Heart Review, and around a dozen other journals. She enjoys most books and all cats.

Seb Needham, 16, is a British student from Oxford. He currently lives in Florida and is attending a high school there as a junior. He enjoys watching an unhealthy amount of Buzzfeed videos, sleeping, and traveling. He has very recently found a passion for English, and he hopes to share it.

Rachel Thorn, 18, is a writer from Auburn, Washington.  Her typical genre is fictional short and long prose, but she is branching out into poetry.  She is inspired by nature, cats, and things found along the side of the road.

Emily Wang, 17, lives in New Haven, CT. She is a Scholastics Art and Writing Contest winner and a YoungArts Merit Winner with publications in numerous magazines. Her anthology, I’m Fine, came out with Vintage Contemporaries in September. You can follow her blog at

Samantha Wu-Georges, 17, lives in Seattle, Washington.  She began writing poetry in 2015 and finds it challenging and rewarding.  She’s passionate about global health policy, international relations, and key lime pie.

Nusrat Zeba, 19, is a poet who was born in Bangladesh and currently lives in New York City. She was published by Creative Communication and Canvas Literary Journal. Nusrat’s dream is to save lives through words and she aspires to become a writer.



Kristen O’Neal is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis who just turned twenty-two years old (which she’ll deal with, even though she doesn’t particularly like even numbers). From Dallas and now in New York, she’s in a bit of a liminal life space, but – as Remy knows – there’s something to be found beyond every terrifying thing.  You can find her work in Lunch Ticket, the Broadkill Review, Relevant Magazine, and Breakpoint, and you can find her at (or @Kristen_ONeal).

Cover Art Reveal

The day is finally here!

No, you can’t yet purchase a copy of issue No. 1, but you CAN see what it looks like! We’re pretty excited about it, and we hope you are, too!

Front Cover

If this just whets your appetite, don’t worry. We’re happy to announce the official release day as April 15th. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the book is officially ready. You know how easily you’ll forget, and we don’t want you to miss out!

While you’re waiting with bated breath, remember that submissions are currently open for No. 2, and we are already looking over the submissions we have received so far. We want to see your best work, so send it over. But check our submissions guidelines first.

Submission Deadline

The submissions deadline for the inaugural issue of Forest For The Trees is quickly approaching. We have been getting some great work by students of all ages, and we’re so excited to share our picks with you in 2016! If you dream of seeing your name in print and want your work to be featured alongside other talented young writers, send us your best work before the new year. We can’t wait to see what you’re capable of.