Marah is an 18-year-old living in one of Syria’s besieged cities. For her own safety, she writes here under a pen name.
New friends, unpaid internships, and trying to conjure joy.
“I did not mean to get pregnant—it just happened.”
A new sense of purpose.
Homesick for Syria, avoiding codependency, and allying against Islamophobia.
Immigration issues and a crisis of faith.
Healing isn’t exactly a straightforward process.
“I don’t want to be sitting in a classroom for six hours a day.”
Changing our lives and brains.
Weird week? Check. Marriage proposal? Check.
“Death Journey is what I call our passage from Syria to Switzerland.”
May's theme is HOMESTRETCH.
Here’s what kinds of submissions we’re looking for, plus info on how to send us your work. ✴
Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!