Links for Teen Writers

Do you dream of becoming a writer? The first step to becoming a novelist is to get short stories, articles, nonfiction pieces published in magazines or journals. Think of it as building your writing resume. Several magazines, like the ones listed below, are targeted specifically to teen writers to help you get a foot in the door.


Before you set out on your journey, just a few words of advice:


1. Follow the submission guidelines

Some magazines want you to send your work to them by e-mail, others by snail mail. If they want it in the body of the e-mail, don’t send it as an attachment. They’re very particular about the way they want it, and if you don’t follow the guidelines, they’ll trash it without even reading it. I know. It’s harsh. But, think of how good it’ll feel when you get that acceptance letter.


2. Read the magazine before you send your story

By reading the magazine you get a sense of whether or not your story is the kind of thing they’ll publish. If you wrote a smoochy smoochy love story, and the magazine publishes Gothic horror, there’s little chance they’ll take on your piece. Several magazines are on-line, so this doesn’t take much time or effort.


3. Don’t get discouraged

Rejection bites. It bites hard. But, don’t take it personally. Each of my stories went through a battery of rejections before they were published, and it’s the same for all writers, even famous ones like J.K. Rowling (can you imagine the losers who rejected Harry Potter? Hee! Hee!)


One last note: here are some important terms


Simultaneous submissions—if the magazine says simultaneous submissions are okay, then you can send your story off to other journals while you wait to hear back from them. If they don’t, you have to wait up to six months to hear whether or not this magazine accepts or rejects your story.


Multiple submissions—if they accept multiple submissions, you can send more than one story at a time to the same magazine. If they don’t, you can send only one piece at a time.


Okay, now you’re ready to start your journey. If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll get right back to you. Good luck and happy writing!



Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, comics

* 5×5 publishes short, concise works


The Blue Pencil Online

Writers age 12-18

Stories, poetry, plays, essays, translations, audio recordings of interviews and literature



Poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, fine art, persuasive essay, science as art

* all submissions should touch on multiculturalism, urban life and/or community action



For readers age 14-23

Realistic, contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, romance

* especially interested in humor


The Claremont Review

Writers age 13-19

Poetry, short stories and short plays which reveal something of the human condition



Readers and writers are high school students

Poetry, stories and creative nonfiction


Frodo’s Notebook

Writers age 13-19

Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, articles


Hanging Loose Press

High school writers

Poetry and stories

* Hanging Loose Press gives young authors editorial advice


Liminal Journal

Writers and artists age 13-19

Fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, music reviews, poetry, artwork, comics, photography, short film


Literary Lunes Magazine: CCMC Charity Anthology

Proceeds go to Steven & Alexandra Cohen’s Children Medical Center of New York

Poetry and short stories with a G, PG or PG-13  rating


A River & Sound Review

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and humor


So You Think You Can Write

Poetry, fiction, drama, creative and academic nonfiction and literary reviews


Speak Up Press

Writers age 13-19

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction


Teen Voices

Writers age 13-19

Artwork, poetry, essays, stories, reviews, photographs, performances, and/or interviews



Poetry, fiction, flash fiction, plays, creative nonfiction, graphic novels, comics, experimental, sci-fi, literary mainstream


YARN: Young Adult Review Network

Readers 14+

Creative writing, genre fiction


Young Adult Literature Review

Podcast poetry and stories read aloud

* currently looking for holiday stories


Zaum Literary Magazine

Graduate or undergraduate writers

Stories, poetry, visual art!__submissions






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2 responses to “Links for Teen Writers

  1. Excellent advice and list of resources! Not everyone is so willing to share what they’ve learned, I think it’s really great you are. Thanks!

  2. Pingback: Publishing Opportunities for Kids and Teens « The Word Nerd

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