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About Polyphony H.S.

Polyphony H.S. is an international student-run literary magazine for high-school writers. Our title is a combination of the Greek term meaning many voices, and the abbreviation for High School. Polyphony H.S. is published annually in August.  We offer three awards for excellence in writing through the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards, one each in poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction.

Polyphony H.S. was co-founded by Paige Holtzman (Latin School of Chicago ’06) and Billy Lombardo in August 2004. At that time, there was no other magazine like it in the country; that is, a professional quality, national literary magazine for high school writers, edited by high school students from public, private, and parochial schools; and there is still nothing like it in the world.  Not only do our editors invite high school writers to submit their work for professional publication, but also they give editorial feedback to every author who submits a manuscript. This extends to continuing a dialogue with accepted authors in an effort to strengthen each piece.

When we published our first edition in the spring of 2005, we had 156 total submissions. Now, annual submissions exceed 1500 works. Our submissions are from all over the world.  We have received submissions from students in more than twenty countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, German, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakiston, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States Minor Outlying Islands, and Vietnam.

 Polyphony H.S. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (2008), incorporated in the State of Illinois.


A student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors