Saturday, May 9, 2020

5 Writing Opportunities for Teens



I am kind of partial to teenagers. I have four of my own right now (plus an 11-year-old and another teen who lives here part-time as a bonus daughter we've known since she was four). I am also kind of partial to writing and always have been, ever since I was a kid. Journal entries turn into magazine articles, short stories, books, and more. 

I also teach Creative Writing to different grades at our local homeschool co-op and have for a few years now. You never know who might be the next Shirley Jackson, Fredrik Backman, Stephen King or Emily St. John Mandel! 

I'm also the author/compiler of How to Get Published (and Paid!) Writing About Your Kids: The Ultimate Guide for Selling Your Stories to Parenting Magazines.

Below are 5 writing opportunities for teenagers, with hopefully another post to follow soon with 5 more as I track them down :-)


1. Matador Review
(high school and up)
An “alternative” magazine; purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking, unconventional. They want the controversial, radical, unhinged, bizarre; they want the obsessive, compulsive, pervasive,  combative, and seductive. They believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs.




2. One Teen Story
(ages 13-19)
One Teen Story is looking for great short stories focused on teen protagonists and dealing with teen experience (issues of identity, friendship, family, coming-of-age, etc.).

(all ages)
A magazine that celebrates ecological and cultural diversity. Published 5 times a year, they accept essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs, and other creative writing up to 750 words or 30 lines for a poem.






4. Teen Ink
(grades 7-12)
This website, monthly newsprint magazine, and quarterly poetry magazine features personal essays, short stories, reviews (books, CDs, concerts, movies), and interviews from young authors.






5. Teen Voices
(females, ages 13-19)
Teen Voices, the global girls’ online news site of Women's eNews, is looking for girls who are interested in journalism and media to write for it site. All girls 13-19 years old are invited to join its writing staff. Teen Voices also publishes a series by and about girls with physical disabilities, called Girl Fuse. For more information about how to get paid to write, check out the submission guidelines.



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