Join the Sweet Designs Magazine Team
Online Writing Staff Application

By Stephanie Lynn, SDM Editor-in-Chief

Chelsea, SDM Staff, Age 14

Please read these guidelines, then fill out the application.

SDM Writing Team

Sweet Designs is looking for committed writers with the writing skill and passion to regularly submit fresh, interesting material to Sweet Designs Magazine. By "regularly" we mean at least once a month. SDM offers writers the opportunity to see their work professionally edited and read by a worldwide audience. (Our primary demographic is teenage girls and young adult women.) Please note that we do not offer compensation for submissions.

Applicants: please submit a writing sample - an original article related to one of the topic areas listed below. Preferably submit something previously unpublished which SDM can use in the near future, or you may something you've already written for your web site or blog (please include direct link).

Choose from any of these topic areas, bearing in mind that, if you're accepted, you may also submit in other categories:


Do you know fashion? Think you can write about the latest trends in apparel and style, hair and makeup? Or, do you prefer new designers or have your own original fashion ideas? Can you offer tips and tricks, do's and don'ts? How about reviewing beauty products you totally love (or were disappointed in)? Most articles in this category will require photos and captions.


Perhaps your passion is to write about teen and young adult lifestyle issues - family, school, dating, friendships, relationships, volunteer and extracurricular activities, self-esteem, substance abuse, politics, opinion, and so on.


Here we're looking for articles on healthy eating habits (including creative recipes), fun exercise ideas, and teen and young adult health issues, including depression and disorders.


Want to be an entertainment critic? Think you know what's worth reading, watching, or listening to? Who's hot and who's not? Music, TV, film, books, sports, websites, etc. - feature articles and reviews.


Does your talent lie in DIY, humor, original fiction, poetry, unique games, or party, gift, and other fun ideas? How about projects, crafts, fashions, or accessories you create yourself and can show others how to make too?


Writing about college life and issues, or preparing for college may be "just the beat" if you're in university or soon will be. (Note: College related articles are generally labeled as REAL LIFE: COLLEGE.)


Starting in 2010, advice columnists are recruited from our staff of regular writers, as needed. If you think you have the gift to help others with their issues, please note this in your application for future consideration.

Important Notes

Please note that serving with the Sweet Designs Magazine Team is on a volunteer basis. SDM Team members should not expect compensation for their service.

For writers who attain Gold Star status (awarded upon publication of at least 10 feature articles or 25 poems, representing about one year of quality magazine submissions), I will personally write a letter of recommendation (upon request), usable for your college, graduate school, job, or internship application process.

If you are selected for the Sweet Designs Magazine Team, I will contact you via email.


Your personal information will not be posted online or shared with anyone at any time. To protect your privacy, SDM writers are publicly known only by first name, age, and state, province, or country. (For example: Ashley, age 19, from Minnesota.) You (and, if under 18, your parents) should read our strict privacy statement and may contact us with any questions.

Sweet Designs Creative Team Application

First Name:
Your Email Address:
State or Country:
Why do you want to be a part of the Sweet Designs Magazine Team?
Why should I choose you for this position?
Are you willing and able to submit something at least once a month?
Which category are you applying for? (choose one at this time)
Submit a Sample Article:
(also insert photo links here)
Comments & Questions:

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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