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Teen Writers + Artists, Publish with Zinc!

Earn a publication credit + receive a gift card!

Middle and high school students ages 13+ are invited to submit poetry, memoir, fiction, essays, and visual art. Selected pieces will appear on Filament and may also be featured on our online literacy platform, Zinc Learning Labs, a site visited by thousands of teens each day. If your piece is chosen for publication, you’ll receive a gift card to Bookshop.org as a thank you.

We’d love to publish pieces on these and other topics:

  • Mental Health + Wellness
  • Activism + Issues
  • Video Games
  • Family + Friendships
  • Relationships with Media + Technology
  • Faith Traditions
  • Money, Jobs + Career

Feel free to reach out to submissions@zinclearninglabs.com with any questions.

Falling in Love with the College Essay

Zinc’s Essential College Essay Advice With just 650 words to introduce yourself to a school, the college essay is a new kind of writing and can feel daunting at first. We asked several senior Zinc tutors (all of whom are also published writers) how to craft an outstanding college essay–and have a great time while […]

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What to Know about the PSAT

Most 11th graders will take the PSAT in October What is this test?A slightly easier version of the SAT, the PSAT provides a snapshot of where students are now, with minimal or no studying. It’s good practice, introducing them to what’s on the SAT and getting them used to taking standardized tests. Who takes it?In October, […]

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Writing Contest Winners

The Winning Pieces + A New Online Literary Journal We’re thrilled to publish the winning pieces from Zinc’s 2021 Teen Writing Contest. In fact, we received so many fantastic submissions that we’re creating a new, online literary journal for teens. You can check Filament, our new journal, and read the winning entries from the contest […]

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Zinc’s Summer Book Picks

Favorite Reads from Zinc Tutors and Staff Thanks to everyone who sent in a recommendation! Scroll ahead for your next plane/beach/staycation read. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean VuongRecommended by Jeremy Weiss, Tutor, Zinc Ed “It’s a beautiful mess… and it helps remind you that the world is too.” Conversations with Friends by Sally RooneyRecommended by […]

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Applying for SAT/ACT Accommodations

Applying for SAT/ACT Accommodations Start early to ensure approval before your test date. If you’re planning to apply for SAT or ACT testing accommodations such as extra time, now’s the time to get started. The official turnaround to approve documentation is 10-14 days for the ACT (for students already approved for accommodations at their school) and up to […]

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When Should My Child Take the ISEE/SSAT?

When Should My Child Take the ISEE/SSAT? Register now to secure fall dates Most independent school deadlines are in January or February, so we recommend taking a first test in October or November. This gives you plenty of time to prepare and, if needed, time to retest before applications are due. Even with added dates for the […]

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Meet a Tutor: Henry

Henry Dickmeyer Zinc tutor Henry Dickmeyer graduated as an economics major from Occidental College in 2015 with minors in mathematics and psychology. Having grown up in Seattle and gone to Los Angeles for college, he moved across the continent to obtain a Master’s Degree in the Teaching of Social Studies in 2016 at Teachers College, […]

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SAT/ACT Boot Camps

Check out our latest video! We asked Dan Lerman, Director of Intensive Studies at Zinc and founder of Zinc’s SAT/ACT Boot Camps, about the benefits of immersive test prep and what students gain from our two-week, half day programs. Watch Dan’s video introduction to Boot Camps here:

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To Test or Not To Test?

Test Optional and the Upcoming School Year If you’ve been following the news around higher education and admissions this year, you’ve no doubt been flooded with stories about colleges going test optional. We wanted to take a moment to address the new looming question: to test or not to test?  Test optional has actually been […]

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