Did you ever dream of starting your own literary magazine? Former Stone Soup contributor Madelyne Xiao, whose story “Mung Bean Noodles and French Bread” appeared in the May/June 2010 issue of Stone Soup, is making her dream a reality with the founding of a literary magazine for creative high school students (ages 13 to 19) called Vademecum. The editors are seeking submissions of poetry, photography, essays, and prose for their inaugural issue.

Madelyne, now a junior in high school, says, “Thanks to Stone Soup, I was exposed to the wonderful, rough-and-tumble world of literary magazines from an early age — an exposure that, I feel, has only increased my fervor for the written word. During my sophomore year, as I went about submitting various poems and short stories to high school literary magazines, I found that there was a dearth of true print publications. Most of the publications I came across had been discontinued after a few experimental issues or were low quality e-zines. Few publications had the quality of, well, Stone Soup. And I thought that was something I could amend.”

Madelyne hopes to publish the inaugural issue of her quarterly magazine in Summer 2013.  Visit the Vademecum website to learn more about the magazine, how to contribute your work, and how to subscribe. We wish Madelyne the very best of luck!

Gerry Mandel, Editor
About the Author

Back in 1973, I was part of the group of UC Santa Cruz students who put together the very first issue of Stone Soup. It has been my great pleasure to continue to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years, along with co-founder William Rubel. We hope you enjoy reading Stone Soup as much as we enjoy making it.

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  1. Alex Banx October 10, 2012 at 6:14 am Reply

    That is really cool! I’m so glad that Stone Soup can really inspire people to do such things! Thank you!

  2. Sophia Harne November 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm Reply

    That is so cool! I have my own magazine as well. If you would like to contact me about my magazine, please email me at debbie.harne@gmail.com

  3. Lee Ann Huang December 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm Reply

    cool! That is so awesome!

  4. Emma May 31, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    That is so inspiring! I will certainly be checking it out and hopefully submitting! Thanks, Stone Soup!

  5. Sophia November 5, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply

    Check out my Magazine for younger kids at…


  6. Gabriella May 23, 2014 at 7:06 am Reply

    You inspired Me!
    If you know anyone who’s interested in being an editor for my new e-magazine, please contact me at:gabriellajoy614@gmail.com 🙂

  7. Gabriella May 23, 2014 at 7:08 am Reply

    (Mother Goose is the magazine’s name)

  8. Gabriella May 27, 2014 at 8:58 am Reply

    Changed it! It’s now The young writers journal

  9. Brooklynn January 10, 2015 at 4:48 pm Reply

    I would love to create my own magazine but unfortunately I cant I think it is awesome that others can and I am happy for them

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