January 2013 Archives

Every writer is a

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
Rod Serling

Can children and teens get their work published?

kidwriting.jpgYes. Check out these opportunities.

Children's Magazines and Ezines
A good place to look is at the magazines you read. Do you see a kid's or children's section? Or there might be a "reader's art" section. Here are some I found:

Amazing Kids! Online Magazine - writing, art, photography or videography, by kids ages of 5 to 18.

chixLIT - by and for girls 13-17 OR chixLITtle for girls 7-12.

Creative Kids Magazine - for kids 8 to 16. "Material may include cartoons, songs, stories between 500 and 1200 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, editorials, poetry, and plays, as well as any other creative work that can fit in the pages of the magazine."

KidPub - books and stories by kids online - free to read, but membership ($12.95) is required to publish stories.

New Moon Girls - writing and art by girls 8 and up.

Stone Soup Magazine - features stories, poems and art by kids 8 to 13

Contests aimed at children are a good place for young people to submit. Here are a few.

The Young Voices Foundation 2013 contest ends February 28th. This year's theme is: Young Voices of America Speak of Heroes Among Us

Adventure Write Kids
has an annual contest for kids under the age of 19.

Creative Communication offers poetry and essay contests for kids ages K-12.

Miss Literati offers writing contests and book giveaways.

National Geographic Kids has some contests - looks as if photos is a consistent contest and others vary.

PBS Kids has a story writing and illustrating contest for kids in K-3rd grade.

Scholastic has an annual Kids Are Authors contest.

Young Authors Guide - this website has advice, links to magazines, and contests ordered by deadline.

The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published by Kathy Henderson has been a good resource in the past, but the copy on Amazon is pretty dated (2001)

Young Writers Society is an online communities for young writers - ages 13+

Same as with adults submitting, kids and teens need to follow the directions exactly.

Thanks to Kristine Kisky for the photo above.

Every character should want

Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Kurt Vonnegut

Don't write merely to

Don't write merely to be understood. Write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't get it right

Don't get it right, just get it written.
James Thurber

Don't be afraid to

Don't be afraid to make your characters suffer! But add complications in a way that feels real and organic.
Kristin Wolden Nitz