• Cricket League Story Contest, Cricket League, P.O. Box 300, Peru, IL 61354, http://www.cricketmag.com/activity_display.asp?id=30. Monthly contests. Read website for complete rules. FEE: NONE. PRIZES: Publication.
• QUARTERLY: Ongoing Essay Contest, sponsored by KidsCanDoIt.com, c/o Sandra Humphrey, 19 Westwood Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305. "In 300 words or less, tell us your true story about the most difficult decision you've had to make between right and wrong. New winners will be picked every three months." FEE: NONE. PRIZE: $50.
• "Shout Out" Teen Writing Contest, Next Step Publishing, Inc., 86 W. Main St., Victor, NY 14564, 1-800-771-3117. "The Next Step Magazine seeks first-person accounts written by teens for teens about subjects like peer pressure, politics, friends, world events, culture, dating or other relevant topics. Be creative, and create your own topic!" FEE: NONE. PRIZE: $100.
• TEEN INK ESSAY CONTESTS, monthly and semi-annual. Lots of categories! Interview, Nonfiction, "What Matters Most," Poetry, Cover Photo, Art & Photography, Fiction, Travel & Culture, Environment, and the chance to win $100 for your favorite charity with "Community Service Awards." Great opportunity for student artists, photographers, and writers.
• ESSAY CONTEST FOR KIDS, sponsored by author Linda Joy Singleton, P.O Box 1357, Galt. CA 95632. For details and entry form, visit http://www.lindajoysingleton.com/alien_essay_contest.htm. FEE: NONE. PRIZES: 1st=$100, 2nd=$50, and five honorable mentions will receive an autographed book.
• "Assignment for Kids" sponsored by WritersDigest.com: A monthly writing contest for kids ages 13 and under. Be brief! Only 75 words allowed.
• Kids' Mystery Contest, ongoing contest sponsored by Candlelight Press, details at http://www.candlelightstories.com/Mystery.asp.
• Consumers Union Report on Contests: Fifteen pages of student contests. Visit http://www.ConsumersUnion.org/other/captivekids/SEMs_contests.htm.
• Student Poetry Contest: The American Library of Poetry, P.O. Box 978, Houlton, ME 04730, (506) 328-4964, . "The Student Poetry Contest is for school age children enrolled in grades 4-12, including tutored and home schooled children. Entrants judged in four divisions: grades 4-5, grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12. FEE: NONE. PRIZES: U.S. Savings Bond and Certificate of Achievement. (Please see website, http://www.libraryofpoetry.com/about.html, for complete details and samples of previous winners.)
• GigglePoetry.com: sponsored by Meadowbrook Press, 5451 Smetana Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55343. This site offers fun activities, humorous examples, and lots of teaching ideas--great for kids, homeschool parents, and teachers. Fun to explore!
• ANNUAL - JANUARY: John F. Kennedy "Profiles in Courage" Essay Contest, begins September each year, deadline in early January. Open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. For complete details visit http://www.jfkcontest.org/index.htm.
• ANNUAL - FEBRUARY: IMPAC-Connecticut State University Young Writers Program, Connecticut State University System, 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2337. Deadline: February every year. A statewide competition for students ages 13-18 during the school year. Win $1,000 for a poem, essay or work of fiction. For complete details visit http://www.owlibrary.org/IMPAC/impac_young_writers_info.htm.
• ANNUAL - MARCH: "What the Gettysburg Address Means to Me" Essay Contest, Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 3372, Gettysburg, PA 17325, http://www.gettysburg.edu/academics/cwi/Lincoln_Fellowship/index.htm, click on "Essay Contest." All entrants must be 7th and 8th grade students. FEE: NONE. PRIZE: $100 plus trip to Gettysburg, PA. PLEASE NOTE: IF THE SITE IS DOWN, THAT'S NOT UNUSUAL. CHECK BACK LATER. THANKS!
• ANNUAL - APRIL: Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest, information available in September, deadline mid-April every year. A national essay contest for high school students designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. For complete details visit http://holocaust.hklaw.com.
• ANNUAL - NOVEMBER: Guideposts Young Writers Contest. For all junior and senior high school students. Entrants must write a first-person story about a memorable or moving experience they have had. Stories must be the true personal experience of the writer (up to 1,200 words). For complete rules visit http://www.guidepostsmag.com/young_writers_contest_rules.asp.
• ANNUAL - DECEMBER: Columbia College Chicago Young Authors Fiction. For all 9th-12th grade students. Two categories: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction (2,500 words max.). For complete details visit http://fiction.colum.edu/news/yac.html.
Venues for Student Publication
• The Apprentice Writer (annual deadline: March 1st, for publication in September)
Writers' Institute Director
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1001
Publishes the written work and photography/graphics by U.S. high school students (grades 9-12)
Maria D. Laso, Editor
PO Box 12051
Orange CA 92859
A literary 'zine by and for girls (ages 7-17).
• Creative Kids
P.O. Box 8813
Waco, TX 76714-8813
The nation's largest magazine by and for kids ages 8-14. Material may include cartoons, songs, stories between 800 and 900 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, activities, editorials, poetry, and plays.
• Crunch Online
Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics
1990 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Main home page for CRUNCH, submissions guidelines at http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/crunch/SubmitFeatures.asp
To provide a forum for kids to share ideas and get published. Online submissions only.
Able Minds, Inc.
1750-1 30th St. #170
Boulder, CO 80301-1024
Art and written submissions for audience ages 7-12
(Online submissions only)
Stories and poems.
Brumlow Design Ventures
Texas City, TX
Articles, stories, recipes, crafts, and artwork by kids, for kids.
• MidLink Magazine, The Digital Magazine by Students, for Students Ages 8 - 18
Caroline McCullen, Editor-in-Chief
Instructional Technologist, SAS inSchool
SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513
"Highlighting exemplary student work from the most creative classrooms from around the globe."
(NOTE: Remember, home education is also considered a "classroom." Also, be aware this site requires Internet access
and possibly a web site to display your student's work. See website for project ideas.)
• New Moon For Girls
34 E. Superior St. #200
Duluth MN 55802
Edited by and for girls ages 8-14.
• Novel Knowledge
Tired of book reports? Why not post yours as a book review? Check out this site. Novel types include realistic, mystery, fantasy and science fiction, action, historical, sports, biography and non-fiction.
Site Editor: Delia DeCourcy
For readers 5th grade and up.
• Piccadilly Press
5 Castle Road
London NW1 8PR
Tel +44 (0) 20 7267 4492
Picture books and teen novels.
• Potluck Children's Literary Magazine
P.O. Box 546
924 Holmes Ave.
Deerfield, IL 60015-0546
Publishes poetry, short stories, fables, book reviews, and artwork by young writers and artists ages 8-16 (even some as young as 4!).
• Scriptorium Scribbles
Sherry D. Ramsey, Publisher/Editor
Nova Scotia, B1V 2X1 Canada
http://www.thescriptorium.net/youth.html, submission guidelines at http://www.thescriptorium.net/submissions.html
"The young writers' resource webzine."
• Seven Hills Review, A Teen Zine
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2009
Submission Guidelines at http://teenspace.cincinnatilibrary.org/sevenhillsreview/autumn2004/howto.asp
Teens grades 7 through 12 are invited to submit creative writing, artwork and photographs. Seven Hills Review is published in the fall, winter and spring.
• Skipping Stones
P.O. Box 3939
Eugene, OR 97403
For children ages 7-18.
• Speak Up Press
(online submissions only)
For young adults ages 13-19, publishing non-fiction, poetry, plays, photography, and artwork.
• Stone Soup
P.O. Box 83
Santa Cruz, CA 95063
Welcomes stories, poems, book reviews, and art by young people through age 13.
• Student Bylines
P.O. Box 1031
Veradale WA 99037-1031
"Where students get published--and paid!" Written by teens interested in art, photography, or writing of any kind (currently prints one issue annually).
• Teen Ink
PO Box 30
Newton, MA 02461
Accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art by teens 13 to 19 years old.
• White Barn Press
(online submissions only)
Editor/Owner: Suzanne Meyer
Check out this site for writing prompts and ideas, and to read others' work.
• Word Dance
A quarterly non-profit creative writing and art publication that is 100% for and by kids (K-8th grade).
• Writer's Window
Content Editor: Anne Girven, firstname.lastname@example.org
A site for young writers (ages 5 to 18) to publish their original work, or contribute to a "continuous story" online.
• Young Writers' Clubhouse
Sponsored by author Deborah Morris
Real Kids Real Adventures
PO Box 461572
Garland TX 75046-1572
Announces regular essay contests.
Restless Youth Press
271 East 10th St. #64
New York City, NY 10009
For young artists, photographers and writers. "Help! Right now, we need photos and drawings by kids!"
• The InnermoonLit Award for Young Fiction Writers, sponsored by Brian Agincourt Massey, details at http://www.brianagincourtmassey.com/contests/bfcguidelines.html. This site sponsors occasional contests for students. "Open to writers 17 years old and younger." In previous contests, entry was FREE (no fees) and authors retain rights to their work.
• Cicada Magazine, for readers ages 14-21. Not limited to teen writers but encourages teen submissions; pays up to 25 cents/word. http://www.cricketmag.com/ProductDetail.asp?pid=11
Other Publication Venues
• Amazing Kids
• Children’s Express (news articles)
• Claremont Review - (ages 13-19) no science fiction or fantasy
• Crunch an on-line zine to share ideas and opinions
• Cyberkids an online zine for kids 7-12 Submission guidelines
• Frodo's Notebook on-line zine for teens 13-19
• Kid Authors online zine for ages 6-18
• Kid Pub
• Kid World
• KidLit an on-line zine for kids
• Kids Online Magazine
• Kids Think Link
• Midlink Magazine
• New Moon edited by and for girls ages 8-14
• Potluck Children's Literary Magaine for ages 8-16
• Resources for Young Writers; a huge site maintained by science fiction writer David Barr Kirtley with contest, resource, and publication links
• Scriptorium Scribbles
• Shorelines Magazine published twice a year by Shawnigan Lake School (BC, Canada) for writers 12-20
• Skipping Stones - a multicultural magazines accepts non-fiction submission from ages 8-16
• Speak Up annual print literary journal for ages 13-19; not accepting submissions in 2005
• Spring Tides published by The Savannah Country Day School. Accepts submissions from ages 5-12
• Springfield Library’s Teen Site
• StoneSoup print magazine and on-line archive for writers and artists through age 13
• Talented Kids
• Teen Writers and Dreams
• The Louisville Review accepts poetry from grades K-12
• The Slam on-line publishing associated with Cicada magazine
• The Squid on-line zine accepting fiction from writers 12-18
• The Third Pole
• The Writers' Slate
• The Young Writers Club currently not accepting new submissions
• Voices at READ magazine
• World Dance
• Young People's Press
• Young Voices accepts work from students in elementary through high school
• Young Writer: The Magazine For Children With Something To Say
• Young Writers at SmartWriters.com
• Young Writers Clubhouse