Publishing Opportunities

Summer Programs

DCTV Summer Media Intensive

What they’re looking for: Students who are interested in filmmaking and media literacy.

From the website: “As challenging as it is fun, participants take their ideas on a journey from imagination to creation. Pre-production to post-production, students build skills in pitching, camera operation, interviewing, editing, and media literacy. “

Deadline:
June 5

Where to submit: 
https://www.dctvny.org/s/youth/summer-media-intensive 

 

YVote ChangeMakers Summer Institute

What they’re looking for: Young activists interested in making change and fighting for their voice.

From the website: “YVote is working with budding activists and leaders to continue to build a youth voting and civic engagement movement, focused on making a positive difference in communities, at and beyond the ballot box, and strengthening voting rights and collective power.”

Deadline: June 6

Where to submit:  https://yvoteny.org/apply/ 

 

Next Generation Politics

What they’re looking for: Students who like to discuss politics and brainstorm ideas to better the government.

From the website: “An opportunity to come together with civic minded peers from across the country for civic dialogue and deliberation about complex issues from multiple perspectives over the course of six weekly interactive sessions.”

Deadline: June 15

Where to submit: https://www.nextgenpolitics.org/summercivicfellowship 

 

 

Current Contests

53-Word Story Contest

Press 53 is looking for microfiction submissions.

What they’re looking for: 53-word stories based on a monthly prompt.

From the website: “It’s free, it’s fun; the winner gets published in Prime Number Magazine and receives a free book from Press 53… Open to writers around the world who write in English.”

Deadline: The 15th of each month

Where to submit: https://www.press53.com/53word-story-contest

 

99 WORDS — A story in your pocket

Write the World is looking for flash fiction submissions.

What they’re looking for: A flash fiction story in 99 words or less from writers ages 13-18.

From the website: “‘There was more room to think,’ wrote novelist David Gaffney on becoming a flash fiction convert, ‘more space for the original idea to resonate, fewer unnecessary words to wade through.’ Stories of the sudden/skinny/mini/micro variety pack the best parts of fiction into brimming, half-pint packages. Celebrate the art of concision this month, dear writers, and write a story in 99 words or less.”

Deadline: Various deadlines throughout the year, accepting submissions from:
Writing for Children: February 2 – 22
Op-ed:  March 7 – 22
Poetry and Spoken-word:  April 4 – 19
Sports: May 2 – 17
Food Writing: June 6 – 21
Fantasy: July 4 – 19
Flash Fiction: August 1 – 16

Where to submit: https://writetheworld.com/competitions/132

 

Bennington College Young Writers Awards

Bennington College is looking for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions.

What they’re looking for: Poetry, fiction, or nonfiction from students in the 9th-12th grades.

From the website: “Bennington College has a unique literary legacy, including twelve Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, four MacArthur Geniuses, countless New York Times bestsellers, and two of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

In celebration of this legacy, Bennington launched the Young Writers Awards to promote excellence in writing at the high school level. Our goal with this competition is to recognize outstanding writing achievement by high school students.Each year, students in the 9th-12th grades are invited to enter in one of the following categories with the following submission:

Poetry: A group of three poems

Fiction: A short story (1,500 words or fewer) or one-act play (run no more than 30 minutes of playing time)

Nonfiction: A personal or academic essay (1,500 words or fewer)”

Deadline: November 1

Where to submit: https://www.bennington.edu/events/young-writers-awards

Hope of Young Artists

What they’re looking for: Written and visual art from 14 years of age and up.

From the website: “The HOYA Magazine reaches out to young artists and writers age 14 and above and provides a platform for their works of art and writing. The magazine inquires young artists and writers about their take on global issues to raise awareness and to express their own stance.”

Deadline: December 20

Where to submit: https://thehoyamagazine.wixsite.com/home/submissions 

 

The Mire

The Mire is looking for previously unpublished student art and writing.

What they’re looking for: Previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art from high school students.

From the website: “The Mire, founded by Indian Springs students and faculty, publishes thought-provoking literature aimed towards young adults. Issued annually, The Mire aims to inspire through works that provide fresh perspectives, emotional depth, and most importantly, heart. Curated for deep thinkers, quirky be-ers, and curious do-ers —by that we mean students—The Mire allows space to develop and question through the stories we share. Named for both our Indian Springs swampy landscape and the collective feeling of what it means to be a young adult today, The Mire believes ultimately in the transformational power of narrative. Through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, humor, art and photography, the way we see and experience the world has the potential to move us, emotionally taking us out of the mires in which we find ourselves stuck.”

Deadline: December 1

Where to submit: https://themire.org/submit/ 

 

New York Times Student Contest

What they’re looking for: various contests with various creative mediums by students ages 11-19. They have weekly and monthly challenges as well.

From the website: “Why do we run so many contests? We believe in student voice. We want young people to be active content creators, not just consumers.”

Deadline: some have ended, but there are a few left for the year
Profile Contest: ends February 16
STEM Writing Contest: February 2 – March 9
Editorial Contest: March 2 – April 13
Podcast Contest: April 6 – May 18
Summer Reading Contest: June 10 – August 19

Where to submit: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/13/learning/our-2021-22-student-contest-calendar.html

 

PoArtMo Anthology

Auroras and Blossoms is looking for teen poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and six-word stories.

What they’re looking for: Poetry, fiction, or nonfiction with positive or aspirational themes from writers ages 13-16.

From the website: “We created PoArtMo as an invitation to artists in every discipline to create positive art every June (Positive Art Month) and throughout the year (Positive Art Moves). Through this movement, we also want to give you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and strike valuable and inspirational partnerships. Partnerships that lead to growth, more unity between artists, and greater visibility for indie art in general.”

Deadline: December 31

Where to submit: https://abpositiveart.com/13-16-year-old-artists/


Reverberations

What they’re looking for: Written works based on or inspired by artists or artwork.

From the website: “Reverberations is an online publication for young people, especially college students, to engage emotionally, analytically, and intuitively with all forms of art.”

Deadline: November 1

Where to submit: https://www.reverberationsmag.com/submit

 

Publications

  • Binsey Poplar Pressed encourage all writing on their website as stated, “There is no theme for applications to this journal. However, for inspiration, art or writing may deal with loss, environmental awareness, or nature, as our name comes from a poem by G. M. Hopkins about trees being cut down.” Student voices from ages 12-26 can submit any poetry, writing, and artwork on the site.
  • Blue Marble Review are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, opinion pieces, travel writing, photography and art by students ages 13-22. “Blue Marble Review is a quarterly online literary journal showcasing the creative work of young writers… The goal of our journal is to assemble in each issue, a broad range of voices, perspectives, and life experiences.”
  • Bright Lite is an independent magazine created for girls, ages 8 to 15. Every issue, we strive to give young girls a place to express their experiences and reflections on a central theme. “We, at Bright Lite, strongly believe that it is never too early to start communicating and connecting with one another. Our quarterly magazine will be a collection of submissions from girls all over the world, including photos, interviews, articles, recipes, crafts, journals, music and advice curated just for them. Focusing on that incredible time of just being a kid; that blissful part of youth before dating, parties, and ‘coolness’ seem to distract us from simply being in wonder of the world.” Deadline: May 28
  • Bazoof is a very cool site for the 7-12 group. They are accepting so many submissions from short stories and jokes or even pictures of pets! “BAZOOF! is passionate about content that enriches the lives of children and families—for its own branded projects, along with custom services… ​​all in a creative and zany style! Filled with short stories, comics, recipes, puzzles, games, crafts, jokes, riddles, pet care, interviews, healthy snacks, sports, true stories, fun facts, prizes and more!” They have open submissions. 
  • Body without Organs is looking for anyone from 13-23 who has created poetry, fiction, or nonfiction prose and various artworks from drawings to photography. Their website asks, “And what does it mean to be a young writer, looking over the vast expanse of the world that lies ahead while also still seeing childhood clearly behind us, poised in the past, present, and future at once?… This is the place for questioning, searching, and feeling, for the lonely confusion and tentative connection that we all feel, that we know to be truth. If this reverberates in you, enter inside.”
  • Capulet Mag are looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and art by women of ages 15 to 29. “Capulet Mag is a literary magazine for Juliets everywhere. For women by women, Capulet Mag searches for the best creative fiction and art across mediums and genres.” Their current volume has closed, but they have a rolling deadline for the following magazine.
  • Crashtest want high school students who write poetry, stories and creative non-fiction in the form of personal essays, imaginative investigation and experimental interviews. “We think that literature matters. We think that ideas are what it means to be human. We think that culture is built through communication and that communication is not always nice and not always easy to digest. We think Samuel Beckett was right when he said a writer must, “Fail. Fail again. Fail better.” We think we are all on the same planet breathing the same air. We think we have something to say about that. Do you?”
  • Crow Toes Quarterly  are for the writers who love Halloween as a year-round holiday. They are looking for spooky, but “playfully dark” poetry, fiction, and artwork for children 8-13. “What’s inside Crow Toes Quarterly, you ask? Well, all the same things that are in that forest at night are inside Crow Toes Quarterly. It is a place full of fear and wonder, where things aren’t afraid to bite. So make sure you have a flashlight before you go in and please, please, be cautious.”
  • Footprints on Jupiter want teenage stories written by teens, for teens. “Based in California, Footprints on Jupiter is a teen-ran literary magazine aimed at featuring the artworks of young creators. Our goal is to showcase progressive pieces surrounding identity, culture, and society. We are currently accepting submissions for issue three.”
  • Inkspire are looking for writings for blog articles, feature articles, interviews, various creative writing, and artwork from ages 14 to 29. “Through our creative writing platform, we hope to embrace youth leadership and address the lack of youth representation in the mainstream media, where youth voices are often undervalued and underrepresented.”
  • Kid Spirit would like poetry, stories, artwork and even short films by 11 to 17 year olds. “KidSpirit aims to build a truly inclusive and welcoming conversation that emphasizes authenticity, personal growth, and engagement.”
  • Lip Magazine offers a place for female authors ages 14-25 to write about the problems and triumphs relevant to them. There is room to submit articles, essays, short stories, poetry, reviews and even artwork. Lip hopes to address the serious topics that plague their readers and contributors, and wish to stay far away from the “crass sex advice and body-shaming fashion pages” of many media giants. Instead they aim to, “provide intelligent, thoughtful content for our equally intelligent and thoughtful readers.
  • Magic Dragon is a quarterly publication that presents writing and art created by children in the elementary school grades in a magazine of quality four-color printing and graphic display.
  • The Milking Cat are looking for comedy pieces by teens of any medium. “The Milking Cat was founded in 2018 when then high school sophomore Benji Elkins wanted to start a humor magazine to rival his school’s regular student newspaper. Alas, he was not allowed to, so instead, he decided to simply start the comedy journal on his own.”
  • New Moon Girls is a website and magazine written by and for girls aged 8-15.
  • Pank Magazine would appreciate sharp, honest and beautiful writing of creative fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. “We now have three Big Book Contests and a Little Book Contest alongside our print annual magazine and quarterly online offering. PANK loves you. PANK is always open for your love.”
  • Stone Soup is a 30-year-old magazine for young people who love to read, write, and draw. Published in print form every two months, each issue contains 48 pages of stories, poems, book reviews, and illustrations by writers and artists aged 8-13.
  • Skipping Stones is a nonprofit magazine for writers aged 8-16 that encourages communication, cooperation, creativity and celebration of cultural and environmental richness. Deadline: April 25
  • Short Kid Stories  are looking for short stories for kids and pictures of pets. They have a choice to make stories into audio files! “Stories should be kid-friendly, free of violence, and ‘questionable’ content. Fun, humorous, and clever work is always appreciated.”
  • Storgy Kids would like brilliant and standalone stories. “The genre doesn’t matter. Children’s and YA fiction isn’t snooty about what is considered “good”. A space odyssey is just as legitimate as a ghost story which is no better than a well written piece about the everyday life of a kid being bullied. The ordinary and everyday can sit alongside the magic and fantastical. They all must be great.”
  • Teen Ink is a site that accepts art, poems, stories, personal narratives, college admission essays, and reviews of favorite (and least favorite) movies, books, colleges, and websites for their monthly print and online magazine.
  • Travel Nitch want travel stories that could be fiction or non fiction. “Have you ever dreamt of traveling the globe and writing about it? This is the perfect opportunity to show the world what you’ve got. We want your best short TRAVEL story… one that will take us on an epic adventure sure to inspire even our youngest listeners.”
  • The Weight Journal are looking for honest teen submissions told through poetry, slam poetry, flash fiction, or short story. “We’re looking for writing that has something honest to say. Something that releases the WEIGHT. No topic is off-limits. This is not about being ‘school appropriate.’”
  • Whitefish Review  would love stories by any genre and story formats. “Despite our name, we want to see all genres of speculative fiction: your sci-fi, fantasy, slipstream, magical realism, Lovecraftian horror, and so on… we also want standalone novel excerpts, poetry, reviews, art, interviews, and whatever else, from both emerging and published writers!”