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December 4, 2013

Introducing Germ Magazine

Germ [noun] — the origin of something; a thing that may serve as the basis of further growth or development (as in “germ of happiness”).


Germ Magazine was born out of my first YA novel (and eighth book), All the Bright Places.  The novel– about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die– will be released from Knopf/Random House in early 2015.

In the book, Violet, my female character, creates and runs a website called Germ.  As I was writing the book, I thought, What if I were to create an actual Germ…?

Although Germ was originally inspired by All the Bright Places, it has quickly taken on a life of its own.  With a staff of twenty-three, our official launch date is January 1.

What we hope to do is offer girls (and guys), ages high school and beyond, a place where they can learn and grow, get informed and get empowered, as well as be entertained.  We like pretty things but we’re also concerned with the harder stuff.  Think of us as the Katniss Everdeen of magazines. We intend to tackle issues big and small, serious and funny, while also encouraging writers and artists and other creative types to share their work.  And while we might be more geared toward girls, guys are welcome too.  We hope they’ll come and hang out and maybe send us love letters.


You can submit your creative writing or article ideas at any time.  We’re looking for:  short stories, novel excerpts, essays, poetry, songs, scenes from plays and screenplays, videos, photographs, artwork, cartoons, doodles.  We want to hear from you!  The theme for our first issue is New:  new beginnings, new loves, new cities, new schools, new experiences, new lives.

As we like to say, you start here.

(Get to know Team Germ!)