​Writing & Publishing Opportunities

Below are a few sites that provide publishing opportunities for young writers and teens. As always, review all sites with a parent and double check for the website’s legitimacy before submitting any work.

Launch Pad

Launch Pad publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by kids and teens. They choose stories and poems that are creative and well written, but they do not publish all submissions. Launch Pad recommends reading online some of their stories and poems to get an idea of the works they like to publish, and they provide writing tips to students interested in submitting.

Who Can Submit: Ages 6 through 14.

Submission Deadline: Ongoing.

You can email a story or poem to the Editor editor@launchpadmag.com or send it through the mail.

Submission Length: Under 1000 words.

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

This competition offers young scholars the opportunity to earn national recognition, publication opportunities, and scholarship awards. This prestigious contest was begun in 1923 and has had such notable people as Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates and Truman Capote amongst its winners.

Submission categories:
Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Personal Essay, Persuasive Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Story and Novel Writing.

Submission Deadline: Check website. Usually around December 15th

Who Can Submit:
Any public, private, parochial or home-school student in grades 7 – 12 in the U.S., Canada or an American school abroad may participate in the Awards.

Submission Fee: $5 per individual entry, $20 per portfolio submission.  Any student who currently qualifes under the Federal School Lunch Act for the Free and Reduced Lunch program may have this fee waived. Reduced fees are also available to students for whom fees would be a barrier to participation. See website for more information.

Prize: Entries are judged both regionally and nationally–the highest level regional work is submitted for national consideration. National level winners are published in anthologies and Scholastic publications.

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The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration​

The mission of the Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, is to inspire young people to discover, write, and share stories from their family’s history, and to publish collections of their work.

The Grannie Annie invites young people to interview people from an older generation of their family and to write about something they learn from their family’s history — a story from before their birth. Authors are encouraged to share their stories with their extended family and their community as well as with The Grannie Annie.

Submission Deadline: Annually on February 1.

Who Can Submit: School Students grades 4 through 8, and homeschooled and international students 9 through 14 years of age.

Submission Length: 275-500 words long. A parent must sign a permission slip.

Prize: From the stories submitted each year, some are selected for publication in a paperback book, released in May, and on this website. Beginning in 2011, some stories are published in a PDF book as well. Published authors in the past have received two complimentary copies of Grannie Annie.

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Stone Soup Magazine

Stone Soup magazine publishes stories, poetry and book reviews by kids. This magazine is published every two months, and has been in print for the last thirty years.

Not all submissions will be published and kids are encouraged to read the Stone Soup archives to get a sense of what type of writing the editors are looking for. The great thing about Stone Soup is that kids can submit as often as they want, regardless of previous rejection or acceptance for publication.

Who Can Submit: Children ages 13 and younger, via regular mail (see website for address).

Submission Length: Stories up to 2500 words.

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Creative Kids Magazine

Creative Kids magazine is not a contest but a publication written for kids by kids. Kids can submit for consideration everything from stories and songs to editorials and plays. The magazine is published quarterly and submitted work is read not only by editors, but also by an advisory a board comprised of students between the ages of 8 and 16 years old.

Submission Categories: Cartoons, songs, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, editorials, poetry, and plays, as well as any other creative work that can fit in the pages of the magazine.

Submission Deadline: Ongoing.

Who Can Submit: Students ages 8 to 16.

Submission Length: Stories between 500 and 1200 words.

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Teen Ink

Teen Ink is “a monthly print magazine, website, and a book series all written by teens for teens. Teens are strongly encouraged to register online to streamline the submission process.

Submission Categories: Writing, art, photography, and video.

Submission Topic: Check out the Contests section of their website, http://www.teenink.com/ContestsGeneral submissions are also accepted, but the contests provide some guidance on content of interest to Teen Ink.

Submission Deadline: Submissions accepted year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please try to get it in at least two months ahead.

Who Can Submit: Writers 13 to 19 years old.

Submission Length: 2500 words or less for shorter submissions.  Novel manuscripts in the past have been up to about 100,000 words.

Prize: Publication opportunities for general submissions, plus various prizes depending on the contest entered (see link below).

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Contest opportunities through Teen Ink: http://www.teenink.com/Contests



FundsforWriters is an online resource for writers of all ages and stages in their writing careers. They provide an online newsletter, WritingKid, for kids who love to write and they need guest articles.

Submission Category: Essay/article.

Submission Topic: The subject may be about anything to do with being a writer, learning how to write or the importance of writing. Talk about what you like about writing or someone who impacted your writing. Who is your favorite writer and why? What do you plan to do with your writing? What experiences have you had that molded you as a writer?

Submission Deadline: Ongoing.

Who Can Submit: Writers ages 8 to 21.

Submission Length: Articles up to 500 words.

Payment: Writers ages 16 to 21 can receive payments from $10-$25 (less if the article is a reprint).  Writers under age 16 will be compensated with a book of their choice.  Selected articles get published in a newsletter that reaches 4,000+ students, their teachers and their parents.

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Fridge Flash

SmokeLong Quarterly is excited to announce a new series called Fridge Flash—flash fiction written and illustrated by kids. Struck by the wonderful spirit and imagination of children’s art and writing, the organization wanted to celebrate that by pulling those creations off the refrigerator and publishing them.

Whenever possible they would like to see a photograph of the writing itself (scrawls, misspellings, colors and all). Where necessary, the parent or guardian can also provide a “translation” for us!

Submission Categories: Flash fiction and art.

Submission Deadline: Ongoing.

Who Can Submit: For children under the age of 12. A parent or guardian must submit the child’s work with permission for publication.

Submission Length: Up to 1000 words.

Stories selected will be published on SmokeLong Quarterly‘s blog.

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Be the Star You Are! (BTSYA)

Be the Star You Are! Is a charity that seeks to empower women, families, and youth-at-risk through improved literacy, increased positive media, and tools for living.

EXPRESS YOURSELF is an online venue on the BTSYA website to voice and publish creative works and positive media for the young-at-heart.

Submission Categories: Book reviews, Creative Writing, Art, Music, Photos, & Video

Submission Deadline: Ongoing.

Who Can Submit: An age limit was not specified, but minors are allowed to submit with parental permission.

Submission Length: Book reviews should be approximately three paragraphs long, and written submissions should not exceed 500 words plus a title.  Please see website for more details.

By submitting your creative works, you give permission to Be the Star You Are!® charity to publish your creative works. You retain the copyright and have the ability to publish elsewhere at any time.

All minors under the age of 18, must have their parents permission to submit their works. Be the Star You Are!® will license your creative works (please check the box AGREE to LICENSE on the SUBMIT page) When a work is licensed, you will receive 50% of the net proceeds after all service fees have been paid.

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