Publications for Young Writers
Updated September 28, 2020
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.
A Note to Teachers: Please read the above note to Young Writers. If you assign your students to submit their writing for publication, also assign them to research the market and find an appropriate publication for their work.
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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.
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.
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 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 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 new international biannual online publication for youth 13-21. Taking submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art for the premier issue November 2019.
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.
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 serial YA digital anthology started in 2019 and run monthly for one year. The full year of stories is availabe to read online.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
"The magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing," published by the same folks as Cricket magazine, for kids 9-14.
Native youth between the ages of 12 and 25 are encouraged to submit articles, poetry, profiles, photos and illustrations. Submissions from adults are also welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founded in 1973, Stone Soup is a literary print magazine, published bi-monthly for 12,000 subscribers worldwide. Each 48-page issue features quality stories, poems, book reviews, and artwork by 8- to 13-year-olds, selected from hundreds of submissions. Authors and artists are paid for their work.
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.
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.
A new publication for works by writers between the ages of 14-21. Currently accepting poetry, fiction, essays, short dramatic works, excerpts from longer works such as novels, and experimental/hybrid work for their first issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.