Counting the days until I can hit restart.
Negotiating the need for affirmation.
Chris was larger than life, and I struggled in his shadow.
When the person you’re with has a “big personality,” where does that leave you?
When I self-harmed, I did want people to notice—because I needed help.
Don’t panic if people don’t pay attention to your published work right away.
Sometimes I like attention from strangers.
If no one notices me, do I even exist?
August’s theme is DESIRE. For details on how to send us your work, please read our Submit page. ✴
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!