Hello, 2013! Year of the Snake! Let’s make this year a time of steady progress and attention to detail, of focus and discipline in achieving what we set out to create.
There’s A Writer In All of Us
Everyone has a voice. And, what you have to say matters. You should have a place to tell your story. That’s why I’m devoting this first WRITE post of the New Year to kids, tweens and teens everywhere who are looking for a way to publish their writing and connect with a likeminded word-loving community, both online and offline. Never before have so many places and spaces been available for youth to publish their work! Parents, teachers, students, aunts, uncles, grandparents – everyone! Share this post with those you know who love to write and who need an outlet. Knowing where and how to publish enables us to set goals for ourselves throughout the year that culminate in accomplishments we can feel proud of!
Safety & Creativity, Above All Else
The following resources are 100% safe spaces for kids and teens to play with and participate in storytelling’s many forms. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned writer, you will find a great community of peeps here.
10 Outlets for Kids, Tweens and Teens to Publish Writing Online and In Print
KidPub is reputedly the world’s largest and oldest writing site for kids, tweens and teens. As a membership site, they charge $12.95 per year to publish stories, enter contests, comment on each other’s work, and add to the site’s never-ending stories. At their online bookstore, KidPub Press helps young authors publish full works, and provide the works, too: editing, layout, cover design, printing, marketing, sales on Amazon and KidPub.com – even quarterly royalty payments!
New Moon Girls is a subscription-based online community and print magazine for girls, ages 8-15. New Moon’s inspiring mission is to help girls develop their full potential through self-discovery, creativity and community. Girls can share poetry, stories, artwork, videos, and conversation in adult-moderated discussions that are meant to challenge cultural stereotypes, build self-esteem, and celebrate individuality. Both the magazine and website are led by a Girls Editorial Board. Monthly access to New Moon’s safe social network starts at just $4.99.
YARN, or the Young Adult Review Network, is an award-winning literary journal that publishes exceptional short fiction, poetry, creative essays, and author interviews for ages 14-18, written by both teens and their favorite young adult authors. YARN is big into community discussion!
Similar to YARN, Figment is an online community where young adults can share writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and published authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here. Mobile app available, too! Figment is also gearing up to offer users the ability to share artistic content, including photography, original art, and films. Like YARN, Figment boasts a loyal community of avid readers and writers.
Rookie Mag is an innovative website with monthly-themed content that’s specifically for teen girls. This online publication, like Figment and YARN, features writing, photography, illustrations, videos, and community feedback from readers and staff. Postings are updated three times a day, five days a week.
Teen Ink has been an established national magazine, book series and website devoted to writing, art, and discussion forums for ages 13-19 since 1989. Teen Ink does not charge for submissions or publications, and all submissions are considered for Teen Ink’s print magazine, as well. Equally cool, Teen Ink offers young adult writers the opportunity to submit an entire novel or nonfiction work for feedback and potential publication. The non-profit relies entirely on its dedicated nationwide readership and boasts the largest distribution of any publication of its kind.
Creative Kids magazine is the nation’s largest magazine of games, stories, poetry and artwork by and for kids, ages 8-16. What’s more, students from all over the world write in to the magazine, so the publication is truly global in scope and perspective.
Stone Soup is a leading print publisher of high-quality, creative expression by young writers and artists, ages 8-13 in the U.S. and Canada, but with subscribers in a total of forty countries worldwide. Stone Soup publishes bimonthly from January through November.
Because I couldn’t have said it any better, “Skipping Stones is a nonprofit magazine for youth that encourages communication, cooperation, creativity and celebration of cultural and environmental richness. It provides a playful forum for sharing ideas and experiences among youth from different countries and cultures.” In a single issue, you might find a Native American folktale, drawings from Lithuania, and a letter from South Africa. Book reviews, current events, and literature guides for parents and teachers also abound in each publication. Cooler still, non-English writings are accompanied by translations to encourage language acquisition. Like Stone Soup, Skipping Stones publishes bimonthly during the school year.
Quick General Submission Tips
- Be your most creative and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.
- Follow all guidelines when submitting work. Editors will not review or respond to materials that are improperly submitted. Remember – they are looking for the very best material.
- Your work can often include images. Read guidelines carefully for details.
- Sometimes you may have to include a separate cover page, particularly for print publication. Again, read the guidelines!
- If you go the print route, keep a copy of your work, since it’s likely to not be returned, unless you submit it with what we call in the publishing world a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope.) Also, be sure to mail with confirmation delivery.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a completion plan for your work and to feel the satisfaction of getting it out there in the world! Good luck and have fun!
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