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NewPages Young Writers Guide

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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Young Writers Guide to Publications

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Updated March 3, 2020

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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805

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.

1890: A Journal of Undergraduate Research

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.

Adroit Journal

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."

Alexandria Quarterly

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.

Allegheny Review

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.

Amazing Kids eZine

Writers ages 5-17 may submit poetry, stories, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, essays, articles, etc. Both fiction and non-fiction are welcome.

The Apprentice Writer

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.

BALLOONS Lit. Journal

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.

Bazoof!

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!

Blue Marble Review

An online quarterly of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography, and art. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis from writers ages 13-22 years old.

The Blue Route

An online magazine of undergraduate fiction and poetry, published biannually by Windener University.

Body Without Organs

An online quarterly publishing fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork by contributors ages 13-18 years old.

Butcher Paper

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

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.

Capulet Magazine

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.

Cast of Wonders: The Young Adult Fiction Podcast

Weekly short stories in genre fiction: sci fi, fantasy, horror, steampunk, superhero, and more for readers 12-17 years old.

The Caterpillar

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'.

Catfish Creek

Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction journal from Loras College. Any student currently registered in an undergraduate program is eligible to submit writing.

Chautauqua

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.

Cliché Teen

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.

The Concord Review

For exemplary history essays written by high school students.

Crashtest

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

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 Academic Journal

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."

The Daphne Review

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.

The Élan Literary Magazine

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.

fingers commas toes

An international online journal for youth ages four to twenty-six years old featuring any form of writing, photography, visual art, and music.

Fountain of Youth Productions

Writing a script? Want to have your screenplay turned into a movie? FYP is open to scripts of 5-15 pages in length (5-15 minutes) written by youth 17 and younger. Please no special effects, fantasy/magic, extreme violence, or inappropriate content. Main characters should be under 18.

Girls Right the World

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.

Green Blotter

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.

Guardian Angel Kids

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 Press

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."

Hot Dish Magazine

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).

The HOYA Magazine

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.

Hypernova Lit

An online journal dedicated to publishign the writing and visual art of teenagers that "connects the heart to the gut."

The Ideate Review

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.

The Interlochen Review

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.

KidSpirit

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."

Lip Magazine

Articles, essays, short stories, poetry, reviews and artwork on a variety of topics relevant to 14-25 year old females.

The Louisville Review

"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.

Lunch Ticket

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.

Magic Dragon

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

"The magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing," published by the same folks as Cricket magazine, for kids 9-14. Muserology Cafe accepts written works from young writers for online publication.

Native Youth Magazine

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.

Navigating the Maze

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.

New Moon

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

Ninth Letter web edition is dedicated poetry and fiction by graduate and undergraduate creative writing students across the country.

One Teen Story

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.

Pandemonium

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

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.

Polyphony Lit

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.

Rattle

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.

Reverberations

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.

Ricochet Review

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.

The Round

A literary and visual arts magazine based at Brown University in Providence, RI, The Round accepts all written and visual work from all ages. The magazine is published once each semester for free both online and in print. Our contributors receive three contributors' copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Skipping Stones Magazine

Publishing poems, stories, articles and photos from both youth and adults for readers ages 8 to 16. A resource in multicultural and global education, ecological and cultural diversity.

Smith Magazine

Creators of the Six-Word Memoir Project, Smith has a space just for teen writers to explore storytelling through condensed personal narrative.

The Suoo Magazine

An online international student-run magazine featuring writing and artowrk from other students ages 14-19. Published once per semester.

Stone Soup

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.

Storgy Kids

An online magazine for childrent and young people publishing short stories for 8 to 12-year-old readers, YA book reviews and author interviews.

Story Monsters Ink

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.

Sugar Rascals

A bi-annual, Canada-based teen literary magazine that accepts poetry, short stories, and art from young authors 13-19 years old.

The Susquehanna Review

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 Audiobooks for Teens

Sync offers two free audiobook downloads per week for fourteen weeks each summer. Titles are fiction and nonfiction for teens 13 and older.

Teen Ink

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.

Teen Voices

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."

The Telling Room

"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.

Truant Lit

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.

UReCA

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.

VOYA

This occasional column reveals secrets of teen culture to the adults who care regarding books, information, entertainment, media, and identity.

Whitefish Review

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.

Write the World

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.

Young Voices

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.

Young Writers Project

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.

Youth Communications

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.

Zaum

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.

Zizzle

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.



 

If you know of other publications or contests that could be added to this guide, please e-mail with information.

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.

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