Creative Writing Resources for Teens

Helpful Websites: Get Published

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
The alliance’s goals include showcasing the talent and creative potential of young artists and writers across the country and serving as an information sources for groups wishing to support the creative development of teenagers. The site also includes information about organizations and individuals who support young artists, teen art and teen exhibits, and it sponsors a teen award for writing.

Teen Ink
A monthly magazine, website and book series written entirely by teens.

 

Writing Fun

Figment – "Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here."

Pacemaker – "Pacemaker is a free web-based tool that allows you to create custom writing schedules! With a target word count and the dates you'd like to write, Pacemaker will calculate how many words you should write each day in order to finish on-time."

Teen Ink – "Welcome to Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and forums. Teen Ink magazine offers some of the most thoughtful and creative work generated by teens and has the largest distribution of any publication of its kind."

WattPad – "Wattpad is a revolutionary way for readers to discover and participate in the creation of new stories. From the beginning, Wattpad has been an open platform allowing readers and writers to exchange stories freely online and through mobile devices."

National Poetry Foundation
Based in Chicago, the National Poetry Foundation works to strengthen the relationship between poetry and its audience. The site includes an archive of more than 3, 000 classic and contemporary poems by more than 250 poets.

Online Rhyming Dictionary
It’s no struggle to write a poem with beat, when you link to this site at your seat.

 

Places to Submit Your Work: Journals and Magazines

826 Quarterly – "Between two and seventeen times a year, we publish student writing in The 826 Quarterly, a literary journal written entirely by young people. Most of the material for The 826 Quarterly comes from our workshops and After-school Tutoring program, but we also take at-large submissions."

The Blue Pencil – "The Blue Pencil Online is edited and produced by the students in the Writing & Publishing Program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, Massachusetts. The magazine seeks to publish the best of literary work in English by young writers (12–18) around the world."

Cicada – "Cicada is a lively literary magazine for young people ages 14 and up. Teens interested in seeing their work in print can check out the 'Call for Creative Endeavors' and view other submissions needs for the magazine."

Polyphony H.S. – "Polyphony H.S. is an international student-run literary magazine for high school writers. Our title is a combination of the Greek term meaning many voices, and the abbreviation for High School."

Teen Ink – "Welcome to Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and forums. Teen Ink magazine offers some of the most thoughtful and creative work generated by teens and has the largest distribution of any publication of its kind."

Young Adult Review Network – "YARN is an award-winning literary journal that publishes outstanding original short fiction, poetry, and essays for young-adult readers. We seek to discover new teen writers and publish them alongside established writers of the YA genre."

 

Woo! Contests!

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Deadline: Varies by region; generally ranges from December 15, 2012 through January 15, 2013
Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Fee: Free
Prize: Students who win at the regional level are celebrated at local ceremonies and have their work showcased in exhibitions, publications, and at public readings. National Medalists are celebrated at a prestigious Carnegie Hall ceremony and have their work showcased in reputable galleries in New York City.
Details: To register, students must first create a profile at artandwriting.org/Registration. Click here to see what information you need to register.

The Writing Conference, Inc Contest
Deadline: January 8, 2013
Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Fee: Free
Prize: First-place winners in each category receive a plaque; second- and third-place winners receive certificates. All are given an invitation to have their writing published in The Writers' Slate, an online journal published by The Writing Conference, Inc.
Details: Writing submitted must be relevant to the topic selected for each category.

Figment Contests
Deadline: Ongoing
Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Fee: Free
Prize: Varies
Details: Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors.

Teen Ink Contests
Deadline: Ongoing
Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Fee: Free
Prize: Your work published in Teen Ink, copies of the magazine, and Teen Ink merchandise.
Details: Teen Ink is a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing and art. They have no staff writers or artists; they depend completely on submissions from teenagers nationwide for their content.

 

Advice for You!

Written by John Scalzi, Young Adult author extraordinaire