I just finished up teaching speculative poetry at the Thurber House for their annual summer camp for young writers. I had a blast talking about robots, superheroes and aliens with these great kids for the past three weeks. These speculative poets were eager to learn and willing to share their work with the other students. During the classes, I mentioned a few resources I knew about online for younger writers and started to put together a post listing them all. Then I realized that most of them were already gathered (plus more) in this wonderful list from New Pages. Not all of the links on their list are speculative in nature, but it’s still a great resource.
Below are some of my favorites, and a few that caught my eye on the New Pages list.
Bazoof! “BAZOOF! Magazine is a vibrant, award-winning healthy lifestyle magazine for youth set in a bustling city in outer space.”
Blue Marble Review “Blue Marble Review is published four times a year and accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art on a rolling basis. We are looking for new work that hasn’t been published anywhere else either online or in print. We want to be a journal appropriate for younger middle school readers and writers as well as high school students so please keep that in mind when submitting your writing. Ages 13-20”
Cricket Media has a number of magazines and other opportunities for younger writers. Check out their various magazines and sites here.
“The Daphne Review publishes the work of high school age writers and artists (ages 13-18) from around the globe. All forms of original writing and art are accepted as submissions for our bi-annual journal (published in fall and spring editions).”
Paralax “Parallax is high school student-edited literary magazine of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, songs, book reviews and author interviews. Edited by the Creative Writing Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the magazine accepts submissions from high school students worldwide.”
Stone Soup “…a literary print magazine, published bi-monthly for 12,000 subscribers worldwide. Each 48-page issue features quality stories, poems, book reviews, and artwork by 8- to 13-year-olds, selected from hundreds of submissions. Authors and artists are paid for their work.”
I’m a big fan of Odyssey Con in Madison, Wisconsin. I attended years ago when one of my poems placed in their annual poetry contest. That same contest has a youth category with no entry fee for writers under 18. Find all the details here.
Of course, the Thurber House itself is a great place to look for classes for young writers, if you happen to live close enough to take advantage of them.