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.

Universal scribbles will run from

June 5th – July 31st, 2022

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 located within the Teen page on the library website. Each issue of the magazine has its own theme. The themes for past issues have included space, the impact of 2020, animals, and the future. The Summer 2022 theme is Ocean of Possibilities.


  • Participants must be in 6th – 12th grade
  • 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.

Peachtree Corners Branch:

5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Sunday: June 5, June 26, & July 17 at 1 P.M.

Buford-Sugar Hill Branch:

2100 Buford Highway, Buford, GA 30519

Tuesday: June 21 & July 5 at 5:30 P.M.

Presented by Youth Services