Young Writers, Get Published!

Young Writers, Get Published!

Publications that Accept Student Work      

Submit a copy of your work to these magazines after you’ve studied an issue. Guidelines may be on the web. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope, (SASE), with your manuscript if you don’t submit electronically. Magazines go out of business quickly, so check through the website to make sure nothing has changed.

Cicada  Ages 14 – 23  

Creative Kids  Ages 8-16   Short stories (800-900 words), opinion articles, photographs, puzzles, art, poetry, & plays.  Original work; not school assignments.   Google Prufrock Press Creative Kids Writer’s and Artist’s Guidelines

Highlights Magazine

Kid Spirit Magazine  Ages 11- 15  A nonprofit theme-based magazine about ethics, volunteerism, and everything good about our planet.  

KidzEra  Ages 8 – 18  Online magazine for kids, by kids.  Writing, art, photography, games, etc.

Merlyn’s Pen  Grades 5-8 Stories, plays, poems, essays, word games, puzzles & art. 


Scholastic Kids Are Authors Program   Guidelines at

Stone Soup  Box 83, Santa Cruz, CA  95063

For students up to age 13.  Stories, personal experiences, poems, art (pictures should use the whole page) and book reviews. If you would like to illustrate stories, send samples of your art work.  (color or black and white)

Teen Ink Box 30, Newton, MA 02461 For students ages 13-19.  Publishes a magazine, book series, website and Poetry Journal. Also accepts art and photography. Visit website for guidelines.  Pays for all rights. 

Williamette Contest  – Kay Snow Awards Contest    Held every May.

Google for their new guidelines.

The Writer’s Slate7619 Hemlock St. Overland Park, KS 66204   Include name, school, grade, school & home address & teacher’s name & SASE.  Through grade 12.

Magic Dragon   Quarterly magazine of writing and art by children.

Box 687, Webster, NY  14560

Letters about Literature   Annual Contest for Grades 4 – 12. How has an author’s work changed your view of the world or yourself?

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Weekly Reader Contests

California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest California students in K – 12th grade; Art & poetry must have a California coastal or marine theme. Refer to guidelines & the contest page at for complete rules. Winners & honorable mentions will be exhibited at locations throughout California.

2 Responses to “Young Writers, Get Published!”

  1. marjorie Says:

    Hi, which of these magazines would you reccommend most to publish short stories?

    • marjorie Says:

      I forgot to mention, I’m a teenager (I don’t want to publish in a little kids magazine). Which one is fairly widely read and which is easiest to publish in? Thank you!

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