Where Young Authors can Submit their Work

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I work with children giving writing and literacy workshops, and I love to encourage their own writing process. Many students are interested in getting their work published or entering competitions, so I compiled a list of useful resources. Good luck to all you aspiring writers!!

Magazines & Online

Stone Soup is a creative magazine for children written and illustrated by children, aged 8-13.

Skipping Stones is a multicultural children’s magazine that encourages children aged 7-17 to submit their writing.

Amazing Children eZine – young writers ages 5-17 may submit poetry, stories, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, essays, articles, etc.

Bazoof! Accepts youth submissions, comics, puzzles, games, crafts, jokes, sports, girl stuff, pet fun, movie previews, stories, recipes, interviews, true stories, posters & more for ages 8-12.

The Caterpillar is the younger sibling of The Moth and is for children between the ages of 7 and 11.

Cricket Magazine is an international print magazine that holds monthly writing and artwork contests for young subscribers aged 9 to 14.

The Cyberchildren website accepts work from children 12 and under for online publication.

Creative Children magazine is a large magazine by and for children with games, stories, and opinions all by and for children ages 8–16.

Ember is a semiannual journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for all age groups with submissions for and by readers aged 10 to 18 strongly encouraged.

Guardian Angel Children is a children’s Ezine designed for healthy and safe entertainment for children. Includes stories, poetry, video, audio, games, free coloring pages, and more. Submissions accepted from young writers and artists up to 12 years old.

The Children’s Corner accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K-12.

Magic Dragon is a quarterly publication, presents writing and art created by children in the elementary school grades in a magazine of quality four-color printing and graphic display.

Muse is “the magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing,” published by the same folks as Cricket magazine, for children 9-14. Muserology Cafe accepts written works from young writers for online publication.

Launch Pad is a print magazine devoted to publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork by children ages 6 to 12.

The Scrumbler is an international poetry and art periodical for children aged 7 to 13.

New Moon is uniquely created by girls 8-14, contains fiction, poetry, artwork, science, articles about the lives of girls and women around the globe.

Greystone Young Lit Mag publishes poetry, stories, artwork, and photography from students K to 12 for their quarterly online publication.

ChildrenWWwrite is an e-zine for young authors and readers aged 16 and under.

Sprout is an online literary journal publishing social commentary poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and media works by contributors 13-22 years old.

ChixLIT is a literary zine written, illustrated and produced by and for girls. They accept submissions of stories, poems, artwork, and photography from girls age 13 to 17.

Teens from around the world can submit their poems and art to Navigating the Maze, an annual youth anthology.

The Claremont Review is an international print magazine of young adult writers. It accepts manuscripts by writers aged 13 to 19.

Crashtest publishes poetry, stories and creative non-fiction in the form of personal essays, imaginative investigation, experimental interviews, etc., high school teens grades 9 – 12.

Elan Literary Magazine is a student run magazine that accepts fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and plays from writers aged 14 to 18.

Shameless is a progressive Canadian magazine rooted in feminism and DIY culture for teenage girls, who are underrepresented in the mainstream media. Accepts submissions from young writers.

Teen Ink is a US monthly print magazine, e-zine, and book series that publishes teen (13 to 19) writing.

The Toronto Public Library’s Young Voices Magazine is a venue for writing and art by Toronto teens.

YouthinkIT is a journalism-style magazine written by and for youths.

Illustration by Kim Fleming.


LaunchPad Magazine selectively publishes the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and art by young authors and illustrators ages 6 – 14. Written works accepted for publication are assigned to young artists to illustrate, resulting in unique and creative publications. Launch Pad welcomes submissions of original stories, poems, and book reviews that have not previously been published.

Writing Zone Magazine is an online-only literary magazine publishing creative writing by children ages 7-12. They publish poetry and short fiction as an outlet for children to express themselves through writing, provide an opportunity to read works from other children in their age group, and allow youths to get a jump start on becoming published writers.

CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. They publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (They are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes.

Teens can submit their poems here to Family Friend Poems . Family Friend Poems publishes poems written by teens for teens.

Fern’s Poetry Club: This website from PBS Kids lets children submit their own poems. Every day they select one as the “Poem of the Day.” You can also read poems written by other kids.

Polyphony H.S. is an international student-run literary magazine for high-school writers. Their title is a combination of the Greek term meaning many voices, and the abbreviation for High School. Polyphony H.S. is published annually in August. They offer three awards for excellence in writing through the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards, one each in poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction.

Teen Ink- Attention teens! Submit your work to the largest national magazine written by teens for teens!

Thank You Poems: Read poems all about saying thanks to the one’s you love. Submit your own thank you poems to be published on the site.

Young Poets has a large collection of poetry written by kids from ages 5-18. They also include their stories and some of their drawings where possible.

Young Writer’s Project is a community that is open to teen (and pre-teen) writers of all stripes from anywhere — the rookies and the wizards, the reluctant and the ardent, the rural and the urban. They believe writing should be fun, that should be able to experiment with writing knowing that you won’t be judged, and that writing is an essential skill that will help you succeed.

Contests / Awards

Young Writers has an annual creative writing contest for children aged ages 5-18.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognize student achievement in the visual arts and creative writing. Sign up to receive email updates about annual deadlines.

The TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Writing Contest invites young writers from across Canada, in grades 4 to 12, to submit stories and/or poems.

World Literacy Canada organizes Write For a Better World – a national writing contest open to students in grades 5 to 8 that aims to inspire a sense of global citizenship in Canada’s youth.

Canadian Writing Resources and Contests for Students are listed through Wordwrights Canada. For children and teens or varying ages.

The Eden Mills Student Poetry Contest is an annual youth poetry contest run by Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, which is held annually in early September.

The River of Words Annual Poetry Contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live. The contest is open to any writers aged 5 to 19.

The CNIB Braille Creative Writing Contest accepts original poems and stories by Canadian students up to grade 12. This competition is open to primary and secondary students who are blind or partially sighted and live in Canada.

The Quebec Writers Federation has an award “Literary Prize for Young Writers,” aged 16-24.

Useful Websites & Resources

Children are Writers help young writers find their unique voice and offers many writing tips.

Online Writing Communities Figment is an online writing community created to be used by educators, but also open for individual children and teens to create independent accounts. Figment members share their writing, connect with their readers, discover new stories and authors, and participate in contests. 13 and up.

NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program – NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, the young writers’ section of the site challenges people who are 12 and under to write a 50,000 word novel.

Young Writers Online – This community for young writers offers one forum for submitting your work for critique and one forum for general conversation about the craft.

Creative Writing Prompts – When you need inspiration, this site is the place to go. It features more than 300 detailed creative writing prompts, as well as journal ideas.

Reach Every Child – Designed for exceptionally young writers (12 and under), Reach Every Child offers a list of publishers that accept stories, poems and works of art.

This website is geared for writers 13 years and over. There is a monthly contest, in which the five most popular writings (chosen by members of the site) are reviewed by an editorial board from the publishing house HarperCollins.


Hope these links are useful!

Love & Light,



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