Monday, March 9, 2015
Writing Resources // Get Published!
Most bloggers out there are writers. We write for the fun of it, but at the same time we hope to someday get published. But, alas, that's not going to happen until we're much older...or is it?
Lots of teens think they can't get published. That's not true. If you dig deep enough, you'll realize that there are plenty of places for a kid to have their short stories and poems published, especially with the great place known as the internet. If you're looking for opportunities, look no further. I've compiled some of my favorite writing sites and literary magazines that can give the world a chance to see your writing--and you might even get paid for it.
Note: Most of these are geared towards American writers. Check the guidelines to make sure it's okay if you're going to be submitting from elsewhere.
1. Teen Ink.
This is a monthly print magazine that publishes the art, photos, short stories and poems of teens throughout the United States (I'm not sure about other countries). Just create an account and submit your writing--even if it doesn't get published in the magazine, it will still be on the site for anyone to read and comment on.
2. Stone Soup.
This is a bi-monthly magazine of short stories, book reviews and poetry, all written and illustrated by kids ages 8-13. If your story, poem or book review is selected for the magazine you'll recieve $40 in compensation. Illustrators get $25 dollars per illustration. I was published several times when I was younger, and you could be, too!
3. Penn Cove Literary Arts Award.
This is an online monthly contest, where you write a short story according to a prompt. It's open to anyone, even adults, but if you win you get $50. I just recently discovered this platform, and I really enjoy submitting to it.
4. One Teen Story.
This is a literary magazine that publishes one story every issue. Every year they have a short story contest for teenagers ages 13 and up, and the winner receives $500. The contest runs from May 1st-June 30th. Get writing!
5. It's All Write!
This short story contest for kids and young adults is currently open to submissions, but quick, it closes on March 13th! The winner receives $250, and second and third place also receive compensation. It's open to writers in grades 6-12, with different age categories (so 11-year-olds aren't compared with 17-year-olds!)
6. New Pages
This is probably the best resource of all. This site caters towards all different writers, who are looking for open submissions and publishers and the like. The page I've linked is the Young Author's Guide, which has a TON of literary magazines and contests for kids young adults to submit to.
As you can see, there's more out there than you'd think. If you can just dig a little deeper, you'll realize that young people really can get published. What are you waiting for? Go write!