Resources for Young Writers

These books are a great place to get acquainted with the world of writing and publishing. Be careful of using a market guide that is more than a yearold–the people and contact information may have changed or the magazine or publisher may be out of business. If you do use an older edition, make sure you call or write first to check the status of the publisher or magazine and whether they are still accepting submissions.

  • Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley (Cottonwood Press, 2008)
  • The Young Writer’s Guide to Getting Published
    by Kathy Henderson
    Writer’s Digest Books; 6th edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Market Guide for Young Writers: Where and How to Sell What You Write
    by Kathy, Henderson
    Writer’s Digest Books; 5th edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market (current year)
    (Writer’s Digest Books)
    Contains a section on markets for young writers.

    • Zuzu
      Showcases work previously published along with inviting new young people to contribute both stories and art.
    • Stone Soup
      Unique among children’s magazines — it’s the only magazine made up entirely of the creative work of children, ages 8 to 13.
    • Speak Up Press
      A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization started in March 1999, that benefits youth by giving teens a voice and supporting adolescent literacy.
    • Young Authors Guide
      List of publications for young authors

  • Young Writers Resources
    Lots of links to resources for kids and teens at Writing World.
  • Figment
    Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.
  • Markets for kids and teens
    This site has articles, tips, and places for young people to submit their writing.
  • KidPub
    KidPub was created in 1995 as a safe, fun place for kids to improve their writing skills by sharing their stories, poems, reviews, and other creative writing with a worldwide audience.  KidPub is a membership site. ($12.95/year) Also, offers self-publication.
  • Kids on the Net
    Kids on the Net was one of the first websites on the internet to invite children to submit their writing.  Also has fun creative writing games and tips.