Places to Publish

Check out this list, but don't forget to visit coffeehouses and cafes to see if they do poetry readings and if they’d consider your work. Check and see if your town publishes newspapers with kids’ sections. Be creative and imagine all the other places your words could go. 

Important note: most places below specify that they will not accept writing that has been published elsewhere (even a school paper or school publication) and they will not accept submissions that are being sent to other magazines, too. Send ‘em off one at a time, friends!

 

Print and Online Publications

For individual guidelines, visit the website by clicking on the name of the publication.

Canvas
(ages 13-18)
Submission Window: Fluctuating window, capped at 500 submissions.
Accepts Online Submissions

Canvas is a teen literary magazine, run almost entirely by its own Teen Board. They accept all types of written work, from all over the world. They publish quarterly, releasing a print book and ebook copy of each issue.

Cicada
(ages 14-23)
Submission Window: Accepted Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions

This website, blog, and magazine publish a variety of written pieces as well as artwork. They have thematic submissions and general submissions, and a great blog.

The Claremont Review
(ages 13-19)
Submission Window: September-April
Accepts Online Submissions

This international magazine is published twice a year—spring and fall—and welcomes poetry, short stories, and nonfiction writing. They steer clear of science fiction, fantasy, romance, and rhyming poetry. All work submitted receives a personal response.

Creative Kids
(ages 8-16)
Submission Window: Accepted Year Round
Does not Accept Online Submissions

By kids, for kids, Creative Kids is published quarterly. Submit cartoons, songs, stories between 500 and 1200 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, editorials, poetry, plays, and any other creative work that can fit in a magazine.

Magic Dragon
(elementary school)
Submission Window: Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions

This magazine comes out quarterly and publishes stories up to 3 pages, poems up to 30 lines, and artwork.

Matador Review
(high school +)
Submission Window: Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions

They call themselves an “alternative” magazine; that is to say: their purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. They want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; they want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. They believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the “alternative”, The Matador Review is a home.

One Teen Story
(ages 13-19)
Submission Window: Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions

One Teen Story is looking for great short stories focused on teen protagonists and dealing with teen experience (issues of identity, friendship, family, coming-of-age, etc.).

Skipping Stones
(all ages)
Submission Window: Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions

A magazine that celebrates ecological and cultural diversity. Published 5 times a year, they accept essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs, and other creative writing up to 750 words or 30 lines for a poem.

Stone Soup
(ages 8-13)
Submission Window: Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions, with fee

This magazine is printed six times a year and is entirely made up of stories, poems, book reviews, and artwork by children. Submissions can be up to 2500 words.

Teen Ink
(grades 7-12)
Submission Window: Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions

This website, monthly newsprint magazine, and quarterly poetry magazine features personal essays, short stories, reviews (books, CDs, concerts, movies), and interviews from young authors.

Teen Voices
(Girls, ages 13-19)
Submission Window: Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions

Teen Voices, the global girls’ online news site of Women's eNews, is looking for girls who are interested in journalism and media to write for it site. All girls 13-19 years old are invited to join its writing staff. Teen Voices also publishes a series by and about girls with physical disabilities, called Girl Fuse. For more information about how to get paid to write, check out the submission guidelines.

The Telling Room
(ages 6-18)
Submission Window: Year Round
Accepts Online Submissions

We publish kids work in a variety of ways: in our annual anthologies, in small chapbooks for workshops and small writing groups, on our website. Email writers@tellingroom.org, to learn more!

 

Contests

Many contests include publishing in the prize package. For more specific information, visit the contest website.

The Adroit Prizes
(high school and college students)
Submission Deadline: TBA for 2017
Accepts Online Submissions

All secondary and undergraduate students are eligible, including those undergraduate students who have graduated a semester early (i.e., in December 2015). Submissions should include up to eight poems, and up to three works of fiction or nonfiction.

Columbia College Young Authors Writing Competition
(high School students)
Submission Deadline: TBA for 2017

The Young Authors writing competition is a national competition for high school writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.

Foyle Young Poets
(ages 11-17)
Submission Deadline: July 31

Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges, and will receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day. Overall  Winners will have their poems published in the annual Foyle Anthology. Additionally, winners attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets or benefit from long distance mentoring.

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers
(sophomores and juniors in highschool only)
Submission Window: November 1-November 30, 2016, TBA for 2017
Accepts Online Submissions

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem and the poems of the two runners-up will be published in The Kenyon Review, one of the country’s most widely read literary magazines.

Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School Students
(grade 11)
Submission Deadline: 2017 submissions will open late autumn.

Princeton University Poetry contest for High School Students recognizes outstanding work by student writers. The jury consisted of members of the Princeton University Creative Writing faculty.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
(grades 7-12)
Submission Window: Beginning September 2016, deadlines vary by region.
Accepts Online Submissions
Cost: $5 per submission

This is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious writing contest in the world. The window is in January each year. Submissions are accepted in all genres. See details on their website for submission requirements.

YoungArts
(15–18 or in grades 10–12)
Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2016
Accepts Online Submissions
Cost: $25 per submission

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages from across the United States. Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentor. It is the nation's only path to becoming a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

 

Conferences and Camps

Tools to help you create publishable work, oftentimes with in-house publications.

New England Young Writers Conference
(high school students)
Application/Registration Deadline: Two students per school.
Cost: $375

Teachers may nominate five students and up to two students may attend. The New England Young Writers’ Conference (NEYWC) at Bread Loaf is a four day writing-focused workshop for high school students in New England and from around the country.  The long weekend is packed with writing seminars, workshops, readings, and opportunities to meet fellow young writers.

Idyllwild Youth Writing Program
(ages 11-18)
Application/Registration Deadline: 2016 registration is currently open, TBA for 2017.
Cost: $3,150

Located in Idylwild, California, workshops are open to multiple grade levels, including introductions to genre and writing workshops in both poetry and fiction.

Interlochen Arts Camp
(Grades 3-12)
Application/Registration Deadline: TBA for 2017
Cost: $5,137

Located in Interlochen, Michigan, the daily schedule includes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting workshops, "studio time" to work independently and meet one-on-one with faculty, as well as evening readings by the faculty and visiting authors.

Juniper Institute for Young Writers
(Grades 10-12)
Application/Registration Deadline: TBA for 2017
Cost: $1,700

Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute for adults, the JIYW offers participants a unique opportunity to participate in intensive creative writing workshops, craft sessions, and studio courses designed especially for young writers.

Slam Camp
(Grades 9-12)
Application/Registration Deadline: Early bird registration is before June 1st. Late registration begins June 1st.
Cost: $650-$700

Hosted at the University of Indiana at Bloomington, students will study creative writing conventions and performance techniques for slam poetry. Students will be exposed to the roots and tradition of the spoken word movement.

The Telling Room
(ages 7-18)
Application/Registration Deadline: Open until full
Cost: $325 unless otherwise noted.

The Telling Room offers a variety of city-based options that allow for exploration both on foot and on paper. A wide variety of genres and mediums are available through different camps, including fiction, poetry, essay, and sports writing.