Stone Soup publishes work by young people up to age 13, but as our writers and artists get older they still want to keep creating–and publishing–their work! To help our readers, writers and artists move on to the next stage of their creative journey we have put together a list (in alphabetical order) of publishing options for teens and older kids, below. If you know of, or find out about, another venue for teen writers that you think ought to be on this page, then please write to us. We want make sure all of our Stone Soup writers and artists keep on making and sharing their creative work far into their futures, and that we and our readers hear about it!
The Blue Pencil
Age Range: 12-18
Accepts: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays
The Blue Pencil is a publication edited and produced by the Walnut Hill Writing, Film & Media Arts Department, and publishes literary work by high school writers, ages 12–18, from around the world. The publication recently revised its format, to include more film and other media arts. Browse their previous issues and connect with them via the link.
Age Range: 13-18
Accepts: fiction, poetry, plays, creative nonfiction, new media, art
Established in Spring 2013 in conjunction with the Writers & Books Literary Center in Rochester, New York, Canvas is a quarterly literary journal edited by teens. It’s available in print, ebook, web, video, and audio formats.
Age Range: grades K-12
Accepts: art in the form of still digital images
This publication holds regular periodic art contests, and publishes the winners in an art book anthology (around 20% or so of the submissions get chosen). Works are judged in four divisions: grades K–3, grades 4–6, grades 7–9, and grades 10–12. Winners receive prizes, listed on their website.
The Claremont Review (publication currently on hold)
Age Range: 13-19
Accepted: fiction, poetry, plays, interviews, art in the form of still digital images
First published in 1992, The Claremont Review published short stories, poems, short plays, graphic art, photography, and interviews each year in the spring and fall, although no fall 2018 or spring 2019 issues are planned. Visit their facebook page for updates on this publication’s current status.
Age Range: 6 to 14
Accepts: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and illustrations by assignment
Launch Pad publishes stories, art, poetry, nonfiction, and book reviews by kids ages 6–14, matching up authors and illustrators. The material is offered in PDF format that readers can read on screen or download for offline viewing.
Age Range: teenagers/high school
The Milking Cat is an online comedy magazine dedicated to teen comedians. Run by high school students across the country, the website publishes original comedy of all media types and takes submissions. The Milking Cat is the place to be for young comics.
Age Range: girls 8 & up
Accepts: fiction, poetry, personal essays, how-to articles, art, comics, photography
New Moon Magazine is aimed specifically at female tweens and teens, and offers them a place of inspiration, connection and support where they can stay deeply connected to their true interests, abilities, and hopes. The magazine is offered in both print and electronic format, and their website offers an online community with a moderated forum.
Age Range: grades 9-12
Accepts: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction
Polyphony Lit is a student-run international literary magazine for high school writers and editors. Submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction are accepted through May 31 of each year and are eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers. We invite high school students to join our student editorial board, which provides editorial feedback for every submission.
Age Range: 13 to 19
Accepts: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews, art
Teen Ink is a national magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and forums. For over 25 years, it’s offered teens a place to publish their creative work and opinions on issues that affect their lives.
Age Range: 13 and up
Accepts: poetry, fiction, plays, nonfiction
Underlined’s structure is different from a traditional magazine. It is an online community where, rather than being organised by a team of editors, students publish their own works, and earn badges by participating as both a writer and reviewer. Underlined hosts contests, polls and quizzes, and online groups.
Young Writers Project
Age Range: “youths”
Accepts: writing and digital media
Young Writers Project welcomes participants from outside of its home base of Vermont and publishes a range of titles including young writers’ work. These include YWP Anthologies and The Voice digital magazine, as well as further publication opportunities with local and national newspapers and other digital publishing venues. It seeks out the best work of youths, regardless of where they live.