As a children’s writer, one of the biggest questions I receive from young writers is: “Where can I publish my story or poem?” The first thing I tell a young writer is they should seek out publications and markets which are geared toward young writers. There are plenty of magazines, ezines, and contests which are seeking young writers. These markets are not even open to adult writers who write for children!
The following is a listing of some of the markets and resources available for young writers:
Publishing Markets and Resources for Young Writers
Magazines and Websites Which Publish Young Writers
Stories for Children
http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com/ is a free e-zine for children ages 3 to 12 .
http://www.zuzu.org/write.html offers young writers opportunities to write stories about mystery pictures, and submit poetry and photography.
http://www.launchpadmag.com an e-zine for young writers and readers ages 6 to 12 which is published two times a month beginning in January 2008.
CICADA's stories and poems are written by outstanding adult authors and by teens themselves. CICADA also sponsors "The Slam," an online writing forum for young writers who want the world to see what they can do with words. For ages 14 and up.
Creative Kids magazine is the nation's largest magazine by and for kids. The magazine bursts with games, stories, and opinions all by and for kids ages 8-14.
Frodo's Notebook is always looking for well-crafted poems, creative essays, and short stories by teens age 13-19 from all around the world."
Never Ending Tale
Great site for linking on to stories that are created every day by other young writers.
Fiction, poetry, artwork, letters, science experiments, cartoons and articles about the lives of girls and women around the globe edited by and for girls ages 8-14.
Now in its eighteenth year, Skipping Stones publishes bimonthly during the school year. We accept art and original writings in every language and from all ages. We invite you to participate in this exciting project with your submissions, subscriptions, suggestions and support.
Published bimonthly, this international English-language literary magazine publishes stories, poems, book reviews, and art by young people through age 13.
A place to submit for teens
If you’re under 18, you can submit your writing, your art, your Web site, or a description of your monthly activism project for publication in Teen Voices.
The Writer’s Slate
The Writers' Slate publishes original poetry and prose from students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It also publishes pedagogical or creative writing by teachers. Three issues per year are published on-line with one devoted to publishing winners of the writing contests."
Websites About Writing for Teens
Hope Clark Funds for Writers—Kidwriter
Sign up for this e-newsletter and have it delivered two times a month to your email. Lists all kinds of contests, markets, and publishing opportunities for teens.
Writing help for essays and ideas—Good for older teens
National Write a Novel in a Month
http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/ywp (NanoWrimo For Young Writers)
http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/camp-nanowrimo (Camp NanoWrimo)
November is National Writing Novel month. Sign up here to write a novel in a month. Post your progress on the website. Be sure to sign up for the young people’s site.
A listing for young writers including everything from markets to websites about writing. One of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites in 2008.
A poem a day for high school students
Go to young writers link and find many great ideas and tips and conversations about teen writing.
Writing, links, discussion boards, this site has it all!
Young Writer’s Society
An on-line chat board just for young writers. A Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website in 2008.
Book List for Strong Female Characters
This site lists over 40 titles of books with strong female characters. There are also interviews with authors.
Book List of Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners
A wonderful resource for listing books that have won the Newbery and Caldecott awards through the years. Students might access this site when looking for challenging books.
**A special note: If you are looking for information on other children’s book awards, go to www.mindyhardwick.wordpress.com and there is a list for of the many, many children’s book awards and listings.
The Children’s Literature Web Guide
Web site includes links to authors on the Web and resources for book ideas
A great website about books for boys!
Looking for something to read? This is the place to look!
Young adult authors talk about their books, along with book reviews of current YA books.
Other Helpful Websites
Scholastic Art and Writing
Enter the Scholastic Writing awards offered once a year. Entries are due in early January. Applications can be found at this website in the fall.
The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
http://www.scbwi.org (National SCBWI Website)
An organization for children’s writers that offers monthly meetings on the craft of writing, selling your writing, and publication. Writers are editors are usually the speakers. In the spring, SCBWI hosts a conference. They do award one student scholarship. Check out their website in February for more information
Helpful Books About The Craft of Writing and Publishing
- A Teen’s Guide to Getting Published. Jessica Dunn and Danielle Dunn. Prufrock Press, 2006.
The book was originally published by two sisters when they were fifteen and ten years later has been updated to include on-line journals and blogs. The book also includes a list of mainstream publishers who are open to teen submissions along with information about copyrights.
- The Young Writer’s Guide to Getting Published . Kathy Henderson. Writer’s Digest Books, 2001.
The book is a fantastic resource for young writers and includes listings for magazines and contest opportunities. Young writers will want to use the internet in correlation with this book as some of the information may not be current and updated information will be posted on the websites given for each listing. Young writers will also learn how to format submissions in this book.
- Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market 2012. Alice Pope. Writer’s Digest Books, 2012.
This book is published every year and although directed at the adult who writes for children many of the interviews with published children’s writers and editors will be helpful. Young writers will also find a section which lists contests and opportunities specifically for them.
- Spilling Ink: A Young Writers Handbook. Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter. Roaring Brook Press, 2010.
A great writing craft book for young writers. Includes writing exercises and examples. Ages 8-14
- Writing Magic. Gail Carson Levine, Harper Collins, 2006.
A writing craft book for young readers by award winning author, Gail Carson Levine. Ages 8-12
Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing for children and teens. Her most recent book, WEAVING MAGIC, is a young adult romance available from MuseItUp Publishing. Mindy is included on the Washington State Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. She is a frequent school and library presenter, and offers Skype visits to classes and libraries. Mindy loves to hear from readers and you can find out more about her at: