The Incandescent Review


According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. These numbers have been skyrocketing into the recent years, as issues such as global warming, school shootings, and COVID-19 arouse feelings of helplessness and despair.

Here at The Incandescent Review, we are committed to the solution. We are an entirely non-profit, teen-run literary magazine, and our team hails from across the globe: from San Jose to Shanghai, from Atlanta to Athens. Our purpose is to create a platform for teens and young adults to express their opinions and emotional response to world issues in the form of poetry, prose, visual art, and more. We also hope to be part of the solution to world problems such as global warming and COVID-19 by collecting funds through writing and art contests supporting young artists, writers, and musicians.

“Creative engagement can decrease anxiety, stress, and mood disturbances, according to a 2010 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In other words, by encouraging the production of creative work through our literary magazine and working as a platform to share it, we aim to take a stand against mental illness while simultaneously fighting against world problems.

The word “incandescent” has a double meaning: it contains the imagery of a “luminous glow” while representing a “burning passion.” Within the word, it also contains the phrase “I can.” We hope that, by illuminating youth voices, we will empower young artists, writers, and musicians everywhere and fuel this generation’s flame-like passion to be part of the solution.

When a fire is kindled, it only knows how to grow.

This is the essence of the Incandescent Review.