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Publishing Opportunities for Youth

2020 Youth Broadside Project - A Poem for this Moment

Grades K-12

Submit by Dec. 31st

California Poets in the Schools will publish a series of artistically designed broadsides, featuring poetry from California youth.  Poetry broadsides are single poems printed on one side of a large sheet of paper, with accompanying artwork.  They are a cross between written work and artwork because they're artistically rendered and often suitable for framing.  These broadsides will be digitally created.  We aim to launch the electronic versions of these broadsides to the wider community, and offer physical copies (of their own work) to all the young poets whose poems are accepted for publication.


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BALLOONS Lit Journal

ages 12+

BLJ is a young-reader-oriented literary journal that is freely accessible both online and as a fully-edited, ready-to-print PDF version (downloadable for every issue). It is an independent, biannual journal which publishes poetry, fiction and art/photography primarily for readers from around 12+. BLJ welcomes submissions from people anywhere in the world and in all walks of life.

The Caterpillar

ages 16+

The Caterpillar accepts work written for children ‒ it is a magazine of poems, stories and art for kid readers (between 7 and 11”ish”), and appears four times a year in March, June, September and December.


grades 9 - 12

The Élan is an international student literary magazine which accepts original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screen writing, plays and visual art from high school students. They seek “original, innovative, creative and nuanced work from around the world.”


ages 10 - 18

Ember is a semiannual journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for all age groups. Submissions for and by readers aged 10 to 18 are strongly encouraged.

fingers comma toes

ages 4 - 26

fingers comma toes is an online journal publication for children and adults. They publish two issues a year, in January and August. Submissions for the January issue are typically open from October to December, and submissions for the August issue are typically open from May to July.

Magic Dragon

ages 12 & under

A children’s magazine which encourages submissions from young artists in both writing and visual arts - for young readers, accepting submissions from children up to 12 years old.

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest

girls, grades 10 - 11

From Hollins University, a contest which provides scholarships, prizes, and recognition -- including publication in Cargoes, Hollins’ student literary magazine -- for the best poems submitted by high-school aged women.

Native Youth Magazine

ages 12 - 25

Native Youth Magazine is an online resource for those of Native American descent. Each issue of Native Youth focuses on an aspect of Native American history, fashion, events, culture, and experience.

New Moon Girls Magazine

girls, ages 8 - 14

An online, ad-free magazine and community forum, by girls and for girls. Each issue contains a theme oriented toward girls’ thoughts, opinions, experiences, current issues, and more.


ages 14 - 20

An online, global literary magazine for young adults, encouraging writers to submit work that’s “bubbling with vitality and filled with experience.” They currently accept submissions in poetry, short stories, and illustration.

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

grades 10 - 11

The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop, and the winning poems are published in the Kenyon Review, one of the country’s most widely read literary magazines. Submissions are accepted electronically November 1st through November 30th, every year.

Polyphony Lit

grades 9 - 12

A global online literary magazine for high school writers and editors, accepting submissions for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction works.

Rattle Young Poets Anthology

ages 18 & under

The Anthology is available in print, and all of the accepted poems appear as daily content on Rattle’s website on Saturdays throughout the year. Every contributing poet receives two free print copies of the Anthology -- poems may be submitted by the poet, or by a parent/legal guardian, or a teacher.

The River of Words Annual Poetry Contest

ages 5 - 19

A youth contest from Saint Mary’s College of California for poetry and visual art -- co-founded by former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass and writer Pamela Michael -- which is open to submissions in English, Spanish, and ASL.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

grades 7 - 12

The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates "originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision." They accept submissions in a wealth of categories for the visual arts and writing -- including everything from poetry to journalism.

Skipping Stones Magazine

ages 7 - 18

Skipping Stones is an international magazine which publishes poetry, stories, letters, essays, and art. They encourage writers to share their ideas, beliefs, and experiences within their culture or country. In addition to regular submissions, Skipping Stones also holds intermittent contests.

Stone Soup

ages 13 & under

A literary magazine for and by kids which publishes stories on all subjects (such as dance, sports, problems at school, problems at home, magical places, etc.), and in all genres -- “there is no limit to the subject matter.”

Sugar Rascals

ages 13 - 19

An online, bi-annual, teen literary magazine which encourages submissions in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art. Sugar Rascals is also open to mixed-media or hybrid submissions.

Teen Ink

ages 13 - 19

A magazine devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and forums, accepting submissions in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and the visual arts, as well as holding various contests.

Telling Room

ages 6 - 18

Students can submit their work to the Telling Room’s online publication Stories, which publishes writing for essays, fiction, non-fiction, multimedia, and poetry.

Truant Lit

ages 14 - 21

A new online literary magazine for young writers, accepting submissions in poetry, fiction, essays, short dramatic works, excerpts from longer works, and experimental/hybrid work.

Write the World

ages 13 - 18

Each month, Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a specific idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Additionally, young writers can respond regularly to prompts, which are then reviewed and selected for Write the World’s online literary journal.

Writing Zone Magazine

ages 7 - 12

Writing Zone accepts submissions for works of poetry and short fiction. They encourage character-driven short fiction and poetry that has an inspirational message in overcoming challenges.

Young Poets

ages 5 - 18

Young Poets is an online collection of children’s poetry -- they also accept submissions for works of short fiction and visual arts.

Young Writers Project

ages 13 - 18

YWP is an online community and forum, where students can post their work for an opportunity to be featured on the site and/or published in the Anthology or digital magazine, The Voice. While YWP is primarily for teens, writers under 13 are welcome (with parental permission).

Zizzle Lit

grades 4 - 12

An anthology for short stories, accepting submissions year-round. Zizzle encourages short fictions that may “surprise, move, and amuse both young and older imaginative minds.”

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