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Friday, September 23, 2011

Aletheia Writing Magazine/ TOS Review


Aletheia Writing Magazine is a Christian magazine for teens ages 13-19. 

In this quarterly publication Christian teens have a place to express their writing talents.

Teens can submit stories, articles, poems, book reviews, or even nature photos.

The TOS Crew received Aletheia's Fall 2011 issue in the mail along with a digital copy of the Summer 2011 issue. 

Aletheia Spring 2011 Magazine Cover

Each edition of the Aletheia Writing Magazine includes a Writers Challenge, a Featured Contributor, a Book Review, a Nature Photo, a section called Ancient Ink with famous quotes from times past, and an interview.

The Aletheia Writing Magazine is published by husband and wife team Nick and Stephanie Muzekari.

As homeschool parents they know how important creativity is for children.

Although this magazine is not strictly for homeschoolers, most of it's contributors happen to be homeschoolers.

My thoughts on the magazine:

I think it is a great idea. My daughter has participated in something similar to this before, and she loved it. She even got a poem published!

I do think that some of the content is not appropriate for younger teens, perhaps not even older ones.

Some of the content that I came across that may not be appropriate for some of your children include:

Family problems
kids that have issues with their parents
alcoholism
a poem that was dedicated to two young girls that were trafficked at the age of 13 and 14
sorcery
death
wizardry
etc...

The physical copy that I received was filled with so many sad stories that it really made me depressed.

I am glad we got to look at a couple of online copies as well, as they contained other stories that were more cheerful.

Most of the sad stories did have a good ending, but I wouldn't want my kids reading some of the stories.

So, I think that the magazine is a good idea. I love thought behind it, however, I don't feel like I could just hand this magazine to my kids without reading it first.

I actually did not let my daughter even look at this magazine as most of the stories in this issue were so depressing. I feel bad for the children who are writing these stories, if this is how they really feel. So I am not downing them, or their stories. I am just saying that they might be too much for my children at their current ages.

The magazine does realize that some of the content may not be suitable for younger teens, and does make a statement about this on the inside cover of the magazine.

So I recommend this magazine hesitantly, saying that I feel that it would need to be pre-read before handing it to your children. I think that each issue will be unique and that some may be better suited for your children than others. 

You can view a sample of their Spring 2011 issue here. It appears to me to be a full issue. 

You can purchase a subscription to Aletheia Writing Magazine for $26 per year. A subscription includes four color issues per year, and the price includes shipping and handling.


Be sure to check out what my fellow Crew Mates thought of Aletheia Writing Magazine!

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*I have received a copy of Aletheia Writing magazine, free, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, in return for my honest opinion.
No other compensation has been given to me.*

10 comments:

Blossom said...

VERY good points on some some of the submissions! I too felt that they were depressing but liked that they had 'good endings'.
You definitely gave a thorough review.

Mrs. Taffy said...

Thanks for your encouraging comment! I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt this way! :o)

Mama Manuscripts said...

Thank you for the review...I don't have any children of that age yet but I remember very well being a teen and writing someone dark stories/stories about tough issues. I agree that I likely wouldn't want to hand stories like those over to my children (if they were older) without reading them first. They may be a good conversation starter, though.

Giggly Girls said...

Nice review. Pricey magazine though.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

Thanks for the review. I couldn't quite grasp the feel of this when I looked at the website.
-Catherine

Jennifer said...

You picked up on things that went over my radar.

Debra said...

I really like the idea behind the magazine... and in the case of my 14 year old, it really has inspired him. My 12 year old hasn't read it (nor do I necessarily want him to) but he did go through looking at the photography... and he is going to be doing some camera work and maybe submitting some things.

Carrie said...

You are right...we did pick up some of the same issues...we have a teen having some issues with these kinds of topics, which I think makes me more sensitive...
Looking forward to getting to know you...
C~

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

I appreciate the detail that you put into why you had some issues with the magazine. The teen years can be difficult, so I'm not sure that I'd want to add to that by having my daughter read things that were depressing.

Very Blessed Mamma said...

Yes Heather,that is part of why I didn't want my daughter reading it.

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