Online Opportunities for Young Writers

Authentic Audiences

Publications Which Accept Student Submissions

The Claremont Review selects first-class poetry, short stories and short plays (examples) by young adult writers aged 13-19 from anywhere in the English-speaking world for their biannual print literary journal. Submit via snail mail according to guidelines.

Concord Review selects exemplary high school history essays (examples) of 4,000+ words for this prestigious print quarterly journal of history. Submit via snail mail according to guidelines, along with $40 for a subscription.

Creative Kids Magazine accepts material including cartoons, songs, stories between 500 and 1200 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork (examples), games, editorials, reviews (examples) poetry (examples), essays (examples), prose (examples) and plays, as well as any other creative work that can fit in the pages of the magazine by kids aged 8-16. The print magazine is produced by Prufrock Press, a publisher of materials for gifted and advanced learners. Submit via snail mail according to guidelines.

Cyberkids publishes stories, poems, articles, multimedia and product reviews by kids aged 7-12, with preference given to humor and submissions with a visual component. Submit via e-mail according to guidelines.

Cyberteens invites stories, articles and poetry of interest to other teens online (examples), with preference given to illustrated work. Submit via e-mail according to guidelines.

Dream Flag Project, organized by teachers in a PA school, an annual event beginning February 1st, Langston Hughes' birthday, and inspired by his dream poems. Teachers register, then students read Langston Hughes' dream poems and create their own. Poems are transferred onto pieces of 8�" by 11" cloth which are then decorated and attached like Nepalese Buddhist prayer flags. To date, more than 40,000 Dream Flags have been created by students in 34 states of the U.S. and by students in Canada, Australia, Honduras, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Nepal, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa. The result is a visual line of color to be displayed in the students' school or in other public places, and shared on the Dream Flag Web site.

Hanging Loose publishes high school poems and short stories submitted directly from young writers.

Launch Pad is a literary and arts magazine selectively publishes the original stories, poems, and book reviews of authors ages 6-14. Written works accepted for publication are assigned to young artists to illustrate, resulting in highly unique and creative publications. Young artists are encouraged to submit samples of artwork to be considered as illustrators. Frequently Asked Questions.

Miss Literati caters to tween and teen users who are encouraged to write their own stories as well as reading, commenting and sharing others. The Web site publishing companies "with effective ways to promote upcoming Young Adult titles through our different sponsorship packages." Frequently Asked Questions.

My Hero invites original writing, images and short films celebrating heroes around the world, which are archived in a database under alphabetical categories such as angels, animals, artists to scientists, sports figures, teachers, women and writers. After reading instructions and registering, authors are able to upload and edit their submissions of images and text using the site's software.

New Moon, a print magazine issued bimonthly by theme, is edited by and for girls aged 8-14. If you'd like something you wrote to be considered for New Moon Girls magazine, check the box requesting this when you upload something to "your stuff" or follow the writer/artist submission guidelines.

Skipping Stones, an international, nonprofit print magazine with a focus on ecological and cultural diversity, accepts essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs(sample issue). Submit according to guidelines.

The Splinter Generation; Voices from a Nameless Age aims to develop a generational dialogue among people who are part of the generation born between 1973-1993. It's a venue for writers from all different backgrounds to tell the stories of this generation through literature by publishing their fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and book reviews. Submit according to guidelines.

Stone Soup, a print magazine (sample issue) published six times a year, invites global submissions of stories, poems, book reviews, and art work (examples) by ages 8-13. Submit according to guidelines.

Teen Ink, supported by the Young Authors Foundation, accepts art, poems, stories, personal narratives, college admission essays and reviews of movies, books, colleges and Web sites from youth ages 13-19 for their monthly print and online magazine, and for anthologies of teen writing. Submit according to guidelines.

The Writer's Slate, supported by The Writing Conference in collaboration with the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, publishes an Adobe-formatted magazine three times a year, one of which is devoted to winners of their writing contest. They invite original poetry and prose from K-12-enrolled students, as well as pedagogical or creative writing by teachers. Submit according to guidelines.

Writing with Writers, Scholastic's free workshops, are archived advice hosted by famous-name authors on genres such as book reviews, speeches, news, biographies, descriptive writing, folk tales, myths, mysteries and poetry. Follow the author's or editor's tips for writing and revision, listen to the audio files, read published work by other students. Then submit your writing, or record your speech using their free news radio hotline.

YO! Youth Outlook is a literary journal of youth life in the Bay Area. Featuring in-depth reporting pieces and first-person essays, comic strips and poetry pages, YO! provides "a unique window into California's youth subcultures." Supported by numerous foundations, YO! distributes 25,000 print magazines 10 times a year nationally, produces a local access monthly TV show, and partners with radio stations and Pacific News Service for wire distribution. Submit via form according to guidelines.

Young Writers Magazine (formerly Frodo's Notebook) publishes poetry, essays, fiction and articles by writers aged 13-19 submitted via e-mail attachment according to guidelines.

Young Writers Workshop, part of the Chateau Meddybemps site which was created by a software engineer and educator. Teacher or parent submits student work according to guidelines.

Online Writing Help and Contests

Purdue Online Writing Lab is an example of an online writing lab (OWL) with downloadable handouts on a wide range of writing topics, such as composition advice, grammar help, and referrals to other information. For your nonfiction writing, document sources using NoodleTools.

Be aware of the pitfalls of contests and vanity anthologies described by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. One list of student writing contests include these nationally-recognized ones:

The first version of this READING - ON - THE - LINE column was published in the San Mateo County Reading Association Newsletter (1995). To suggest additions write debbie[at]abilock[dot]com.