Open For Submissions: The 6 Pieces We’re Looking For — Radiate Literary

Radiate Literary is open for submissions. If you submit your piece within the next two weeks, you’ll have a chance to be featured in our very first end-of-summer issue. If you’re debating whether to submit, check out our post on the 5 reasons you should submit to Radiate Literary. Here’s some more info: the six […]

Open For Submissions: The 6 Pieces We’re Looking For — Radiate Literary

8 Types of Poetry — Radiate Literary

There are so many types of poetry sometimes it’s difficult to know what you’re writing or where to start. Learn all about 8 common types of poetry and how to write them. Haiku The haiku is a traditional Japanese style of poetry. These poems usually have three lines. They have 5 syllables in the first […]

8 Types of Poetry — Radiate Literary

A New Project: Radiate Literary

Hey all,

Just wanted to check back in one last time and talk about my new project. I haven’t been book blogging for some time – somewhere during this project I realized my passion was creating and editing, not reviewing.

So I’ve had something in the works. It’s hard to break into the literary market as a 13-22 year old. I want to help young writers connect with each other and get experience in publication and working with editors. Not to mention, there are others like me that love to help peer writers but don’t have a platform to do it.

I’ve launched Radiate Literary journal. It’s a student-run journal for students. Check it out at

If you’re a student, this project is for you. Please feel free to submit work, apply to join the team, or just check it out and share with friends. I’m so excited to get started on this new dream and bring you along.



This or That Books

I think it’s interesting how books can be from the same genre, but have such very different types of writing, stories, characters, and setting. I made a list of some genres I’ve read and books in them that, while they have some similarities, are very different overall. Which of each two would you choose to read?

Fairy Tale Retelling

  •  Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Futuristic, thrilling, magical, intriguing, unique
  •  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: Charming, lighthearted, whimsical, adventurous

Realistic Fiction

  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen: Inspiring, heart-warming, emotional, authentic
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia: Informative, moving, beautiful, potent


  • The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill: Engaging, sharp, plotted, fast-paced
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Steward: Puzzling, clever, intricate, amusing

Historical Fiction

  •  Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith: Gripping, exciting, informative, well-structured
  • Audacity by Melanie Crowder: Poignant, lyrical, satisfying, driven


  •  A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan: Surprising, fun, adventurous, fast-paced
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini: World-building, complex, lush, powerful

Science Fiction

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry: Riveting, thought-provoking, plotted, creative
  •  Swipe by Evan Angler: Suspenseful, intense, dark, atmosphere

Humorous Fiction

  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall: Adorable, romping, nostalgic, refreshing
  •  Geek Girl by Holly Smale: Dramatic, fun, satirical, light-hearted

Let’s Chat!

Isn’t it interesting how books can be similar in some ways, but so different? Do you have a favorite genre or type of book to read?