Lilun Magazine features the work of young writers, specifically fifteen to twenty-one year olds. Our mission is to provide a space where young people can publish their work in a substantial and propelling way.



Lilun publishes fiction and nonfiction, including but not limited to stories, personal essays, one act plays, and interviews. We welcome submissions of previously unpublished works of less than 2,000 words from young writers, specifically fifteen to twenty-one year olds. While based in Portland, we accept submissions from anywhere. Find out how to submit.



We’re proud to offer issues 1 through 4 in hard copy form through our online store. Additionally, you can read them online, for free!



Lilun seeks to elevate and propel young people as they establish themselves as writers. Our first step is the magazine. Our long-term goal is to provide rich opportunities for young writers to connect with other writers and gain experience publishing. Your support helps us sustain and grow.

Photo credit Everett Yockey

Photo credit Everett Yockey

Our Story

Lilun is the endeavor of two friends in Portland, Oregon: Jordan Souza (teacher, writer) and Mary Snow (artist, designer). We think that lifting up and working alongside of young people is life-giving. Our name is a play on the abbreviated form of “little ones” and a nod to its use in literature and speech.


“Nothing needs to happen to a writer’s life after they are 20. By then they’ve experienced more than enough to last their creative life.”

Flannery O'Connor