Publishing Opportunities

Current Contests

Legacy Project Listen to a Life Contest

What they’re looking for: An essay of 300 words or less based on an interview with a person over 50 years old by writers ages 8-18.

From the website: “When young and old come together, they can change each other’s lives, their community, and even the world. Big things happen when you listen to a life – you travel time, learning from the past for a better future. The Legacy Project’s 24th annual Listen to a Life Story Contest runs to April 12, 2024. The contest is open to young people 8-18 years, with a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older (cannot be a parent). To enter, all you have to do is Read, Listen, Write!”

Deadline: April 12th, 2024

Where to submit: https://www.legacyproject.org/7gen/ltalform.html

 

53-Word Story Contest

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

From the website: “Of the many collective nouns used for animals—crash, herd, conspiracy, business, murder, prickle, fever, shiver, and galaxy, to name a few—one obvious one seems to be missing. Humans use it often in unifying places: marriages, people, music, colors and striations, even machinery, and anything else we need just a bit tighter.”

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Where to submit: 53wordstory@gmail.com

 

Dear Poet

What they’re looking for: A letter in response to an award-winning poem by writers in grades 5-12.

From the website: Every National Poetry Month we present Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by award-winning poets.”

Deadline: April 22, 2024

Where to submit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBpwmiUs2UbGu1TEGmoxGbk6P-oC_A9pkg6Q-ZeBRugf2B2Q/viewform

 

Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation Author of Tomorrow Award

What they’re looking for: A short adventure story between 1,500-3,000 words from writers under 21.

From the website: “Part of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, the Author of Tomorrow Award is an annual competition designed to find the adventure writers of the future. It is open to young people, aged 21 and under, who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English.”

Deadline: April 30, 2024

Where to submit: https://wilburnisosmithfoundation.submittable.com/submit

 

Polyphony Lit

What they’re looking for: Poetry, prose, artwork, fiction, and nonfiction from high school students between the ages of 14 – 18

Deadline: April 30th, 2024

Where to submit:  https://polyphony.submittable.com/submit

 

Youth Plays New Voices One-Act Competition

What they’re looking for: One-act plays by writers age 19 or under.

From the website: “YouthPLAYS is pleased to announce the 14th annual YouthPLAYS New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights, designed to encourage young writers to create new works for the stage. There will be cash prizes for the winner and runner-up, as well as representation of the winning play through YouthPLAYS, the publisher of plays for young actors and audiences.”

Deadline: May 1, 2024

Where to submit: https://bowseat.secure-platform.com/a/page/home/submit-ocean-awareness

 

WriteCause

What they’re looking for: Poetry, short stories, essays from authors between the ages of 12-18 years old               

From the website: “From social media posts to widespread cultural movements, pop culture has shaped our beliefs and perception of society. Living in a world with rapidly evolving technology, it is essential to consider the influence of pop culture on our choices, lifestyle, and relationships. For this quarter, we invite you to explore THE INFLUENCE OF POP CULTURE on the world around us, while delving into its impacts on language, health, and communities. The most successful submissions will center on a specific facet of pop culture (i.e. influencers and online trends) and its associated impact (i.e. beauty standards and fast fashion.)”

Submission Period: April 2024 – June 2024

Where to submit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0Z8FgEIxiXPsTxXpHEp4ccFeTj1SmLJBbxYHwXA8nx-kTXw/viewform

 

Ocean Awareness Contest

What they’re looking for: Writing and art about the impact of climate change by students ages 11-18.

From the website: “The 2024 Ocean Awareness Contest – Tell Your Climate Story – encourages you to become a climate witness and share your own unique climate story. We are asking you to creatively express your personal experiences, insights, or perceptions about our changing climate reality. Use this opportunity to learn about the climate crisis and how it impacts your family and community, and to examine your individual responses to our evolving world.”

Deadline: June 10, 2024

Where to submit: https://bowseat.secure-platform.com/a/page/home/submit-ocean-awareness

 

Goi Peace International Essay Contest

What they’re looking for: Essays on overcoming conflict by writers age 25 or under.

From the website: “Conflicts occur for a variety of reasons, including differences in opinions and values. Have you ever had an experience of overcoming a conflict that you were involved in? What did you learn from that experience? How do you want to make use of what you learned, for your own life and for society?”

Deadline: June 15, 2024

Where to submit: https://goipeace-essaycontest.org/

 

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

What they’re looking for: Original poems of 40 lines or fewer by writers ages 11-17.

From the website: “The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young person aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. With entries from over 6,800 young people last year from across the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested.”

Deadline: July 31, 2024

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

 

UReCA 

What they’re looking for: Creative work, and undergraduate research from any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program

From the website: UReCA fosters the exchange of ideas between undergraduate students, providing a platform where students can engage with, and contribute to, the advancement of their individual fields. UReCA has published five editions to date and continues to work toward the dissemination of meaningful undergraduate work.”

Deadline: September 1st, 2024

Where to submit: https://ureca.submittable.com/submit

 

Publications

  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • Cathartic Lit Mag wants poetry (prose or verse), flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction, vignettes, and any creative writing from young authors between the ages of 12 – 22. They are looking for unique works for a young adult audience, with an emphasis on mental health – any writing used as catharsis or reflection, or used to draw attention to societal issues, is particularly welcomed. They are also open to stories about the teenage experience, mental health articles, and more.
  • 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?”
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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!”