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Writing Opportunities and Inspiration for Teens

Get Published!

Honoring Our Rivers
An anthology of writing and art that promotes respect and preservation of Oregon Watersheds. Honoring Our Rivers, a project of the Willamette Partnership, has been published annually since 2004.

5X5
This pocket-sized quarterly literary magazine accepts a variety of art and writing submissions from writers/artists in high school and older.

The Claremont Review
This Canadian magazine is published twice a year and accepts submissions from writers ages 13-19  from anywhere in the English speaking world.

Online Slam
Submit poetry and stories and receive feedback to this online site of Cicada, a print magazine for teens. Cicada warns that all criticisms are posted, so only the tough-skinned should take part.  Cicada also accepts manuscripts for consideration for print publication.  .

Hanging Loose Magazine
Begun in 1966, this literary magazine started a special section devoted to high school writers in 1968 and has since published three anthologies of its published works by teen writers. Hanging Loose accepts poetry and short stories from high school students. See Special Guidelines for High School Writers.

Polyphony H.S.
An annual literary magazine written, edited and published by high school students.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
"Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published."--From the Scholastic site.

Teen Ink
Writers between the ages of 13-19 can contribute to this monthly magazine "written by teens, for teens." Work may be published in the print magazine and/or online.

Teenlit.com
Submit book reviews and other original work for online publication, home writing skills at the Writers Workshop and join a teen writers discussion group.

Young Authors Guide
A directory of links for teen writers, including literary magazines, publishing outlets, contests and other resources.

Get Inspired!

Lightning Bug
Lots of information on starting, developing and ending a story.

Teens Writing for Teens
A network for teens on writing and publishing.

Storybird
Start with an image and follow with your imagination and words to create short art-inspired stories.