There are lots of magazine markets and contests that are looking for stories, articles, poetry, jokes and other material from TEENS and YOUNG ADULTS. The 2015 Market guides from Writers Digest (see column on left) are a great place to start. But why not try out Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book? Or you might prefer So You Want To Be a Writer? (on the right).
Please note–the links below are provided as a resource and do not indicate an endorsement of any specific content.
Markets (just a sampling!)
- Stone Soup – An online magazine by young authors and writers (ages 8-13) that has references for publishing in print materials
- Merlyn’s Pen – Juried fiction, personal essays and poems from America’s teens
- Teen Ink – a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing and art
- Amazing Kids – and EZine for grades 4-8 (edited by kids for kids; adult advisors)
- Alphabet Soup – Australian magazine that features work by children under age 12
– UK magazine which encourages submissions from ages 11-18. Features poetry, stories, letters and artwork
- Headliners – A news agency (UK), where young people aged 8-18 produce articles on issues that are important to them but of interest to everyone.
- KidSpirit – free teen magazine and website, includes original essays, poetry and artwork tackling life’s big questions
NEW The Buffalo News (N.Y.) is looking for teen journalists, photographers, etc.
- National Short Story Contests – annually, from The Young Voices Foundation, mentoring young writers K-12. Money prizes!
- Letters About Literature – annual contest from The Library of Congress.
- Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators – annual contest from PBS.
- Jack L. Chalker Young Writers Contest – annual contest for (Maryland) science fiction and fantasy.
- The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers – identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Articles and Advice
- “From Kid Writer to Published Author” – what you need to know to get published, from Linda Joy Singleton.
- One of the best writing advice pages I know for the beginning writer is from award winning author Jennifer A Nielsen (Elliot and the Goblin War,The False Prince).
- Writing Kid – an (OUTSTANDING!!) online newsletter for young writers that comes out every two weeks, with news on markets, grants, contests, etc.
- Writing-World.com Resources for Young Writers – online writer’s resources, advice, markets, etc.
- Teaching Authors Markets for Young Writers – comprehensive list of markets (including advice video from Rick Riordan)
- Kids Who Love to Write Page – an exhaustive list of resources, con