Universal Scribbles is the Gwinnett County Public Library’s literary journal for teens, by teens. The magazine highlights the outstanding writing and art work of middle and high school students in Gwinnett County. The magazine accepts original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic stories, photography, drawings, and paintings. Teens in grades six through twelve are invited to submit their original works. Each issue of the magazine has its own theme. The themes for past issues have included space and the impact of 2020. The Summer 2021 theme is animals. 

Universal Scribbles was founded in 2019 and is now being published semi-annually, with the program running in January and July. In those months, teens have the opportunity to meet weekly to workshop material with each other, receive writing and art prompts, and to gain feedback on their works. Universal Scribbles is published in February and August, with print copies of the magazine being available for pickup at all 15 library branches and digital copies on the library’s website. Past issues of the magazine are also available digitally. 


  • Participants must be in grades 6 – 12
  • All work submitted must be original works told in your own voice or based on your own ideas.
  • All entries must contain appropriate content for teens, think no higher than PG-13.
  • You and/or Your Parents will sign a release agreement giving the Gwinnett County Public Library permission to copy, edit, and display your works in any media including online.

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