Publications for Young Writers
Updated September 12, 2021
Where young writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests. Some publish only young writers, some publish all ages for young readers. For specific submission guidelines, visit the publication's website. Ages can include elementary, teen, or early college. This is an ad-free resource: publications and writing contests listed here have not paid to be included. This guide is maintained by Editor Denise Hill, a teacher who loves to encourage young writers.
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A Note to Young Writers: Editors expect you to read their publications to know what kinds of work they publish. Take time to become familiar by reading their content online or requesting a sample copy. DO NOT just send your work without having read the publication. It's a mistake too often made by many writers, and it annoys editors. Do not annoy editors.
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This literary and art journal from the Manatee County Public Library System showcases debut and emerging writers, poets, and artists in their quarterly, online journal. Teens 13-19 are invited to submit writing and art for an annual teen issue published each spring.
Provides undergraduate students the opportunity to demonstrate their interests and abilities in various disciplines by accepting works of research, creative writing, poetry, reviews, and art. Based out of the English Department at University of Central Oklahoma, New Plains Student Publishing uses 1890 to encourage, recognize, and reward intellectual and creative activity beyond the classroom by providing a forum that builds a cohesive academic community.
A literary magazine run entirely by high school and college students. Adroit publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, art/photography, and cross-genre works with separate submissions for "adults" and those "under the age of 21."
An online publication of art and literature, Alexandria Quarterly includes an Emerging Artists & Writers series to promote the work in any genre or medium of creative people ages 13 to 17 years old.
Only accepts submissions from currently enrolled undergraduates (which could include dual-enrolled high school students). This will link to their temporary web site - their way-cool site crashed. Stay tuned for updates.
Writers ages 5-17 may submit poetry, stories, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, essays, articles, etc. Both fiction and non-fiction are welcome.
Formerly "The Angle," St. John Fisher College's online literary magazine publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork. Though open for all age submitters, Angles "values and prioritizes college-aged voices with distinct perspectives and takes pride in being among someone's first publications.
Published by the Susquehanna University Writers Institute, this annual publication features fiction, memoir, personal essay, photography and poetry by US high school students in grades 9-12.
Publishing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, experimental genres, articles, interviews, reviews, photography, and artwork by writers and artists between the ages of 13 and 25. TAR provides a Spotify playlist, Pinterest visual, and a verbal prompt for the upcoming issue.
Publishing 13-16-year-old artists PoArtMo (which stands for Positive Art Month in June and Positive Art Moves all year) is an anthology which welcomes positive, uplifting, and nature-inspired poetry, fiction, six-word stories, essays, artwork and combinations of genres (such as "poetry-graphy"). The editors provide encouraging and helpful submission guidelines for youth.
An independent biannual online literary journal of poetry, fiction and art primarily for young readers from around 12 years onwards, accepting submissions from people anywhere in the world and in all walks of life.
Youth submissions accepted from around the globe from all ages, with different genres and length requirements depending on age of contributor. Readers can find short stories, comics, games, craft & art projects, jokes, riddles, sports reporting, articles on pets, recipes, personal achievements and community service projects, poetry, letters, true stories and much more!
This new publication run entirely by a group of dedicated high school students to publish poetry, prose, and artwork from students aged 13-26 on their website and online magazine.
An online tri-annual of poetry, prose, and artwork founded by teens for teen readers and accepting submissions from those 12+.
An online quarterly of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography, and art. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis from writers ages 13-22 years old.
An online magazine of undergraduate fiction and poetry, published biannually by Windener University.
An online literary magazine that publishes tri-annual issues with poetry, prose, and art from kids in grades 3-6. The publications intends to provide a safe and uplifting platform that promotes self-expression, diversity, and unique perspectives and stories. Every writing submission receives detailed personal feedback from the editors.
An online quarterly publishing fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork by contributors ages 13-18 years old.
Founded by W. David Hall, writer and educator, BreakBread will offer a print and online journal of arts and letters dedicated to young adults under the age of 25, a community reading series, and a pop-up program to bring creative writing workshops to schools and community venues.
A literary journal from Bluffton University featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, screenplays, comics, art, graphic literature, and illustrated narratives by contributors ages 14-24.
A literary journal from Toad Hall Editions for writers 18 and younger publishing poetry, essays, short stories, creative nonfiction, and experimental works with a cover art contest for each issue. Open for submissions for their inaugural issue, themed "The World According to Me," until November 30, 2021.
Canvas Teen Literary Journal - Winter 2020 Final Issue
A quarterly online and print journal with seasonal issues in October, January, April, and July, Canvas publishes the work of teen writers 13-18 years old, read and rated by a board of teen editors. Canvas accepts writing in almost any genre or format, and also takes cover art and interior art submissions. Contributors and editors are from all over the English-speaking world.
An online publication of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art highlighting the work of young women writers and artists of all levels. Capulet Mag empowers young women to share their creativity with Juliets everywhere. This magazine is a safe place for young women to express themselves however they wish.
Weekly short stories in genre fiction: sci fi, fantasy, horror, steampunk, superhero, and more for readers 12-17 years old. This site links to related podcasts (scifi, fantasy, horror) which may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
The Caterpillar is the younger sibling of The Moth, a magazine of poems and stories and art for grown-ups. The Caterpillar is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups are bound to like it too (so watch out they don't snitch your copy). It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒ and is jam-packed full of new artworks and 'wordworks'.
Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction journal from Loras College. Any student currently registered in an undergraduate program is eligible to submit writing.
An international online youth literary magazine run by teens. Youth ages 12-22 are welcome to submit poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, opinion articles, and cross-genre works - with a special emphasis on writing for catharsis as a way to break the stigma around mental health discussion.
Young Voices is a section of Chautauqua that celebrates young writers aged 12 to 18. Essays, fiction, and poetry should be submitted by a teacher, mentor, or parent. Submissions are accepted Feb 15 - Apr 15 and Aug 15 - Nov 15. Each issue has a theme which writers are asked to consider.
An online publication of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, artwork, and cross genre works for writers and artists 13-19 years old from around the world. Currently accepting submissions for their first issue.
For exemplary history essays written by high school students.
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.
Cricket Media publishes a number a magazine for children: Babybug Magazine for 6mo-3yrs; for ages 3-6: Ladybug Magazine and Click Magazine; for ages 6-9: Spider Magazine and Ask Magazine; for ages 9-14: Dig Into History Magazine, Faces Magazine, Muse Magazine, Cobblestone Magazine, and Cricket Magazine; and Cicada Magazine for ages 14+. Cricket Magazine was one I read when I was young, and it's great to see this publishing company has stayed around and now publishes so many different magazines for readers of different ages and interests.
Curieux is a multidisciplinary academic journal which publishes work of all kind (essay, paper, proof, etc.) by high school students on any academic topic; "from economics to statistics to ornithology, we will seriously consider the merits of any work."
An online biannual publication of written submissions of all kinds (essay, interview, poetry, short plays, etc.) and artistic submissions in any media from youth 13-18 years old.
A student run magazine in Jacksonville, FL through Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts. Accepting original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and plays from writers 14- to 18-years-old. Two online editions and one print edition per year. All entries are considered for their biannual contest.
A literary arts magazine published by the Johnson County Library of Kansas with the expressed goal to "represent and uplift young adults" through poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, photography and illustrations. Each issue has a theme, and the publication also runs several contests each year.
A print publication of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for all age groups, though submissions for and by readers ages 10-18 are strongly encouraged. Writers can elect to receive feedback on their submissions. Also accepts applications for volunteer/intern readers who are 16 or older.
An online literary and arts journal with a focus on poetry, prose, art, mixed media, and more. EX/POST offers free submissions from artists of all ages and nationalities, as well as a youth spotlight program for ages 18 and under).
An international online journal for youth ages four to twenty-six years old featuring any form of writing, photography, visual art, and music.
A print and online publication of art, writing, and video/photography by contributors ages 13-22 with the goal of showcasing "progressive pieces surrounding identity, culture, and society."
A literary magazine for poetry, prose, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction by writers ages 13-18 with a focus on those in Asian countries.
A serial YA digital anthology started in 2019 and run monthly for one year. The full year of stories is availabe to read online.
An online biannual designed for "international teenagers to relate, express, and discuss the problems that we all face." Publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, and artwork.
Since 1992, this ad-free bi-monthly print and digital publication is for age 6-12. Includes DIY science experiments, comics, articles and non-fiction with accompanying photographs (preferred vs. illustration). "All fun and no pressure."
An online poetry quarterly created and run by young adults publishing poets whose ages are between 13-22 years old.
Edited by students and a faculty advisor from Miss Hall’s School in Massachusetts, Girls Right the World is an international literary journal advocating for young, female-identified writers, accepting submissions from writers 14 years and older.
"The Go On Girl! Book Club is a nationally recognized reading club committed to fostering an awareness of and appreciation for the diverse literary works by authors of the Black Diaspora." Provides annual reading lists and numerous writing scholarships.
The literary magazine of Lebanon Valley College features fiction, poetry, photography, and other visual art by undergraduates. Submissions accepted November 1 through February 28. Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
Hanging Loose welcomes high school submissions. "We feel a special responsibility to those young writers who look to us not only for possible publication but sometimes also for editorial advice, which we are always happy to give when asked. Our work as editors is of course time-consuming, but we feel a strong commitment to give as much time and attention as possible to the work we receive from high school age writers."
Hindsight is an independent, one-time, print anthology of true narrative stories up to 2000 words about 2020. Submissions from contributors ages 13-17 years old must have parent or guardian permission.
Edited by undergraduate students from various disciplines at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Hot Dish is published annually and takes submissions for short fiction, poetry, and the "Hot Dish Challenge" from students (grades 9-12) who are attending high school in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI).
Hope of Young Artists (HOYA) provides a platform for young readers, writers and artists ages 14-19 to express their "take on global issues to raise awareness and express their own stance on them." Online issues are published in the spring, autumn and winter.
An online journal publishing writing and visual art by teenagers.
An online literary magazine for works created by youth or geared toward young readers. Content includes creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays, spoken word and other similar genres.
Publishing works of writers and artists above the age of 14 from across the globe on a tri-annual basis, Ideate seeks submissions of short stories, poetry, and art pieces that express creativity and voice opinions on global issues and identity.
A teen-run non-profit bi-monthly literary magazine focused on bringing together a global platform for contributors ages 13-24 to express their opinions and emotional response to world issues like global warming, mental health, COVID-19, and more in the form of poetry, prose, and visual artwork.
An organization dedicated to empowering youth through programs and publication. Youth ages 14-29 can apply to be a guest contributor for blog articles, feature articles, interviews, creative writing and artwork.
Edited and produced every spring by students in Interlochen Arts Academy’s Literary Publications class, The Interlochen Review showcases work from Creative Writing, Motion Picture Arts, and Visual Arts majors at Interlochen, alongside the work of high school writers and artists around the world.
An online resource dedicated to raising awareness of world science using fiction for the classroom, topics for debate, blog discussions, Earth Science Challenges for the middle and high school classroom. IES accepts submissions of fiction and non-fiction articles.
Publishing articles, fiction, essay, poetry, interviews, photography and artwork in a "safe online forum where girls share ideas an how it applies to their lives."
Created by and for eleven to fifteen year olds, which empowers kids to explore the deeper side of life in a spirit of openness. KidSpirit is an unaffiliated spiritual magazine for young people of all backgrounds who like to think about "the meaning of life and the big questions that affect us all."
Based out of Reedley College, Californina, publishing artwork, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry of community college students from across the country and feature a Reedley College writer and artist in each edition.
Articles, essays, short stories, poetry, reviews and artwork on a variety of topics relevant to 14-25 year old females.
"Cornerstone [previously called "The Children's Corner"] accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K-12. Seeks writing that looks for fresh ways to recreate scenes and feelings. Honest emotion and original imagery are more important to a poem than rhyming and big topics—such as life, moralizing, and other abstractions. Parental signature must accompany submissions.
The online literary and art journal published by Antioch University MFA program, which is devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. Includes a section in each issue: Wrting for Young People (13+). Note: These are generally written by adults for young readers, but young writers may also submit to the publication.
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.
An online teen comedy magazine publishing fiction, poetry, drama/playwriting, screenplay/screenwriting, art, video, and arts and entertainment by high-school aged contributors on a weekly schedule. "The Milking Cat is the place for young comedians."
An international student-led literary magazine and organization "dedicated to creating a space for storytellers and raising awareness for issues that matter." Contributors include an internatinal member team of writers, editors, designers, developers and managers.
"The magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing," published by the same folks as Cricket magazine, for kids 9-14.
A teen annual anthology featuring poetry and artwork of high school students from around the world. Submissions accepted year round. Deadline for each year's edition is the first Friday of March.
Uniquely created by girls 8-14, contains fiction, poetry, artwork, science, articles about the lives of girls and women around the globe.
Ninth Letter web edition is dedicated poetry and fiction by graduate and undergraduate creative writing students across the country.
A monthly publication from the editors of One Story. This publication features teen writers and is available in print as well as via Kindle and other e-reading devices.
A global, online, non-profit literary journal for young readers, writers and artists, whose editorial board consists of teenagers with a passion for uplifting other teenagers through creative expression. Accepts poetry, short stories, and illustrations from young adults 14-20 years old.
Showcases writers 18 and under on Future Friday blog posts.
A semi-annual online publication of "all forms of creative expression" by writers and artists under twenty years of age.
Parallax is high school student-edited literary magazine of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, songs, book reviews and author interviews. Edited by the Creative Writing Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the magazine accepts submissions from high school students worldwide.
An annual undergraduate journal of arts and literature at Ohio Northern University publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts.
A student-run literary magazine for high school writers and editors. Submissions of fiction, poetry, and essay are accepted through May 31 of each year for that annual's volume. Submissions are eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers. The magazine also invites high school students to join their volunteer editorial staff, which edits every submission we get.
Publishing twice yearly in print, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art, including one writer or artist under 18.
Released each December, this anthology encourages young poets to continue writing and reading poetry. Contributors must be age 15 or younger when the poems were written. Submissions are accepted by email from a parent/guardian only. Deadline: October 15.
An online publication for young people to engage emotionally and intuitively with all forms of art. Based out of Wesleyan University, Reverberations hopes to share the stories of young people all over the world. Reverberations is currently seeking regular student contributors as well as submissions of essays, reviews, and dialogues.
A print annual of poetry and translations of poetry edited by students and faculty at Chicago's Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center. Accepts submissions in separate categories for high school students, college students, and non-students. RR has a unique mentorship program for high school writers who submit their poetry and want to work with an established poet to receive feedback. See the publication submissions page for specific details.
Based out of Australia and founded by the NSW Department of Education in 1916, this publisher offers three unique print and digital publications for young readers. Countdown (ages 7-9); Blastoff (ages 9-10); Orbit (ages 10-11); Touchdown (ages 11+). Each features fiction, articles, plays, poems, and puzzles for young readers. Submissions accepted from writers, illustrators, comic serial creators, and cartoonists.
Created by Dublin-based father, Brian Thomas Martin, who believes "You can never have enough short stories for kids." The site features stories under 2,000 words for ages 0-Teen with accompanying illustrations. There are helpful submission guidelines on the site.
Publishing poems, stories, articles and photos from both youth and adults for readers ages 7 to 18. A resource in multicultural and global education, ecological and cultural diversity.
Stories, educational activities, and book reviews for early childhood (paying market for children's writers). "Show Us Your Stuff" and "Pet Star" invite children to submit work.
Creators of the Six-Word Memoir Project, Smith has a space just for teen writers to explore storytelling through condensed personal narrative.
A print magazine for ages 8-14 (though all ages are welcome!) featuring stories, poems, art, essays on science and the environment, interviews, quizzes, and contests. Genres include adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and "shadow stories" - which are "minor horror" defined as "spooky, not terrifying."
This online young adult journal features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography by contributors 14 years or older. Readers can participate by submitting ideas for themes and challenges, then voting on challenge submissions.
Stone Soup is a magazine 100% written and illustrated by its readers. Eleven 48-page issues a year, plus blog posts, reviews, and features by young artists and writers at Stonesoup.com. We publish the best work from thousands of submissions by kids ages 13 and under. Open submissions; subscribers submit for free.
An online magazine for childrent and young people publishing short stories for 8 to 12-year-old readers, YA book reviews and author interviews.
A publication for teachers, librarians, and young readers featuring interviews, book reviews, and articles of interest about the YA literary scene. Teachers: Each issue has downloadable classroom questions. The publication also accepts submissions from writers ages 17 and younger, inlcuding "My Favorite Teacher," book reviews, and photo and video submissions for #CAUGHTREADING and a coloring page #CAUGHTCOLORING.
A print publication from University of West Alabama publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by undergraduates.
Susquehanna University's nationally distributed student-run annual literary magazine contains original fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by undergraduate writers currently attending an accredited university in the United States.
Sync offers two free audiobook downloads per week for fourteen weeks each summer. Titles are fiction and nonfiction for teens 13 and older.
Publishing categories: Art; Poetry; Fiction; Sports; Opinion; Community Service; Nonfiction (including Pride and Prejudice, Travel and Culture, Environment, You and Your Health, What Matters, Heroes, Cars, Jobs and Money); Reviews (books, movies, music, colleges, TV, web sites, video games, summer programs); College Essays and Articles; and Interviews. For ages 13-19.
A component of Women's eNews, this online global news source publishes journalism and first-person narratives by young women 13-19 years old. The publication is produced by female-identified teens to "highlight the realities facing girls all over the world today."
"Dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers," this web site publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and multimedia by young writers 6-18 years old.
From the creators of Big Writers, Little Ears, Travel n Itch features fiction and non-fiction travel stories by writers under 21.
The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (UReCA) online publishes research from all areas of study, video and audio, visual art, essays, fiction and poetry. Submissions accpeted on a rolling basis.
From Penguin Random House, this site provides YA book-related content (virtual book club, author vidoes, reviews), as well as a platform for writers to share and get feedback on their own chapter books and share their own book reviews.
U.S. Kids publishes two magazines: Humpty Dumpty (ages 2-6), which features short stories, short mini-stories, poetry, and crafts, and Jack and Jill (ages 6-12), which features fiction and non-fiction.
This occasional column reveals secrets of teen culture to the adults who care regarding books, information, entertainment, media, and identity.
Accepting poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, hybrid, and other forms from 9-12 grade studnets (including homeschool).
This print journal of literature, art, and photography launches promising writers and artists. Every issue features a previously unpublished writer or artist chosen by the editors, as part of their mission to discover and nurture budding talent. Often these writers and artists are featured in events alongside famous literary and art figures. There is no submission fee for high school age and younger.
An online rolling submissions publication of all genres of speculative fiction by young and emerging writers.
A resource for young writers and teachers. WTW provides prompts and contests, places for young writers to submit and respond to each others writing, and the opportunity for older writers to become reviewers and mentors for young writers. A true writers community online.
An online magazine of writing an visual art by teens aged 12-19, who live, work or go to school in the City of Toronto. Available free for all to read.
YWP welcomes K-12 students in Vermont and western New Hampshire to submit their written work, photos and art work for possible publication in the The Voice.
Short, nonfiction stories and related lessons to help students improve their reading and writing skills, and improve the social and emotional skills that support school success.
From Silver Pen Writers, an online magazine of creative fiction stories by teens as well as by adult authors written for teen readers. The editors "particularly love stories exploring their issues, such as bullying, drugs, romance, school, parental issues, teacher issues, etc., as well as about the grit and character of teens and young adults."
A literary and art magazine providing college students a venue for publishing their poetry, prose, fiction and visual artwork. The magazine is distributed and produced by students at Sonoma State University in California.
An international literary magazine for young readers grades 4 to 8 (ages 9 to 14), publishing literary fiction that will surprise, move, and amuse young imaginative minds. Currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue. Free submissions; payment upon acceptance.
Looking for contests for young writers? View our guide to writing contests.
Looking for something else? The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, maintains Children's Notable Lists, updated annually, which feature exemplary recordings, books, and digital media geared to children from birth to age 14. Selections are evaluated by committee using established criteria.