Stone Soup publishes work by young writers up to age 14. Your interests as a teenage writer may go into areas that are not of interest to our core readers who are younger. We suggest that for your creative work that isn’t appropriate for Stone Soup, you review the publishing options below. If you know of a venue for teen writers that you think ought to be on this page, then please write to us.
The Blue Pencil Online
Age Range: 12-18
Accepts: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays
Edited by the writing students at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, this magazine publishes literary work by high school writers, ages 12–18, from around the world. The publication is currently on hiatus while they consider revising its format, which probably will mean including more film and other media arts. If you’re looking to submit work to them, hold onto it until 2017. In the meantime, you can browse their previous issues.
Canvas Teen Literary Journal
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, the Canvas Teen Literary Journal is a quarterly magazine 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. (Less than 30 percent 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 $25 and a free art book.
Age Range: all ages, including adult writers. (readers are 14+)
Accepts: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, alternative comics, illustrations by assignment
Cicada offers material created by both kids and adults. The print magazine is offered six times per year. They publish poetry, realistic and genre fiction, essays, and comics by adults and teens.
The Claremont Review
Age Range: 13-19
Accepts: fiction, poetry, plays, interviews, art in the form of still digital images
First published in 1992, The Claremont Review publishes short stories, poems, short plays, graphic art, photography, and interviews each year in the spring and fall.
Creative Kids Magazine
Age Range: 8–16
Accepts: poetry, fiction, plays, nonfiction
Creative Kids started more than 20 years ago as a publication to support the work of kids. They publish a quarterly full-color print magazine, and maintain this website, which includes blog posts, weekly book reviews, author interviews, and featured stories, poems, and other works by kids. The staff includes both adult and kid editors.
Age Range: 13 and up
Accepts: poetry, fiction, plays, nonfiction
Figment’s structure is different from a traditional magzine. Rather than being curated by a team of editors, this is an online community where students publish their own works, and earn badges by participating as both a writer and reviewer. Figment hosts contests, polls and quizzes, and online groups.
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. The material is offered in PDF format that readers can read on screen or download for offline viewing.
New Moon Girls
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.
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Age Range: grades 9-12
Accepts: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction
Polyphony H.S. is literary magazine written, edited, and published by high school students. Their goal is to improve students’ literary skills in the areas of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. They offer both a print and online edition of the magazine, and the latter contains material not published in the print edition.
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.
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 now publishes a gorgeous monthly digital magazine which includes best work of youths, regardless of where they live.