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Publishing Opportunities for Youth
BALLOONS Lit Journal
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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).