There are rituals that help make us family.
At the end of innocence.
“I can do it. I can move forward.”
A dance with Princess Nokia, clashes with a stepparent, and random acts of kindness.
Against compulsory happiness.
My relationship with my mom changed a lot when I left home.
Responsibility hurtled toward me like a high-speed train.
We’re not who we used to be.
Feeling my way through drug dependence and grief.
Uncomfortable brushes with mortality and gender.
July’s theme is SOULMATES.
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!