A List of Publishing Opportunities

Specifically for  Children & Teens


Conduct your own Internet search, especially if you write in a specific genre (horror, sci-fi, romance, mystery, etc.)

Places to get published or share your writing:

The Milking Cat https://www.themilkingcat.com/
Humorous online magazine started and run by teens.

Merlyn’s Pen http://www.merlynspen.org
Publish your stories online and read the work of others. Includes writing tips and contests.

Teen Ink http://www.teenink.com
Your home for all categories of poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Check out the forums, writing topics, and even reviews. Submit your work for others to read.

Stone Soup Magazine http://www.stonesoup.com
Submit writing to this print magazine for kids up to 13 years old.

Skipping Stones Magazine http://www.skippingstones.org/submissions.htm
Submit fiction and poetry to this award winning print magazine. Read selected stories and poems from back issues.

Polyphony HS http://www.polyphonyhs.com
Print magazine for high school writers. You can also apply to become an editor for the magazine.

Figment http://www.figment.com
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors

Frodo’s Notebook http://frodosnotebook.com/
This is an online quarterly magazine that invites teen writers to submit personal nonfiction essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews.

New Moon Magazine http://newmoon.com/
Read and submit fiction and poetry. For girls (focusing on ages 8-14).

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers http://www.artandwriting.org
Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

YARN * young adult review network http://yareview.net
YARN is a literary journal that publishes original short fiction, poetry, and essays for Young Adult readers, written by the writers you know and love, as well as teens.

Launch Pad http://www.launchpadmag.com/
An online publishing venue that selectively publishes the work of young authors and illustrators between the ages of 6 and 14.

Smith&Magazine http://www.smithmag.net/
Best known as the creators of the Six Word Memoir project. A place for storytelling, with a focus on personal narrative.

The Apprentice Writer at Susquehanna University http://www.apprenticewriter.com/
Open to students in grades 9-12. Submission period from Jan. to March 10. Prose, poetry, and photography.

For a collection of all these sites (and more):

New Pages: Engaged Readers, Creative Writers, Start Here

“Out of the Classroom and Into the World: 70-Plus Places to Publish Teenage Writing and Art,” New York Times Article https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/learning/out-of-the-classroom-and-into-the-world-70-plus-places-to-publish-teenage-writing-and-art.html 

Additional sites for teens or all ages:

Absolute Write http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/ This site is a SAFE writer’s board run by pros. It is free and they have a password protected Share Your Work forum. They can also help you stay clear of the sharks in the publishing pool.

Blogger www.blogger.com Looking for a free blog? This site ties into Google+.

Wattpad https://www.wattpad.com A website for writers at all skill levels who want an audience for their works. Wattpad is especially known for its fan fiction. You will need to create an account so check with your parents. Caution: This site may contain content not appropriate for all ages.


AdLit (All about adolescent literacy) list of contests for teens: http://www.adlit.org/fun/?catid=861

John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth http://cty.jhu.edu/imagine/resources/competitions/art_writing.html

Scholastic http://teacher.scholastic.com/writeit/fiction/publish/competition.htm

1455’s Teen Poetry Contest (local!) (Financial award!) Early July deadline!


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Self-publishing (book-length)

Lulu https://www.lulu.com/

CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/ (Affiliated with Amazon)

Writing Resources
National Novel Writing Month Young Writers’ Program http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Writer’s Digest http://www.writersdigest.com/

The Writer http://www.writermag.com/

Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics https://www.wristbandexpress.com/content/hand-hobbies-a-resource-guide-to-writing-basics/ 

Industry Resources

Writing Careers: The Business Behind Becoming an Author https://www.zenbusiness.com/info/writing-careers/ 

Money-Saving Guide for Authors and Writers is an interesting collection of a variety of resources suggested by a young writer (Thanks, Hannah!).