Being a teenage author is often trial after trial. And even after you finally get that cup of coffee in the perfect calming, yet picturesque location, and your creative engines start churning out material, you still have to find somewhere to be published. While I may not be able to negotiate book deals for everyone, these online and print anthologies and literary magazines are key springboards to later publication, as well as important tools to creative and overall growth.
This is a literary magazine for high schoolers and college students. It was started in 2010 by then-high school sophomore Peter LaBerge and has since dedicated its publishing weight to, “seeking to showcase what its global student staff sees as the future of poetry, prose, and art.” They are also open to unsolicited submissions on their website.
This yearly collection of poems, short stories, and essays is published in correlation with Susquehanna University. It is distributed around September every year, and is open to everyone within a 20 state area of Susquehanna (which is in Pennsylvania). The publication has a circulation of 11,000 and has been going strong for 31 years.
Canvas is a highly respected teen literary journal that is published quarterly and works to maintain an environment of, “for teens, by teens.” Submissions ranging from fiction, poetry, plays, creative nonfiction, video/audio poems, even artwork, from 13-18 year-olds are all accepted.
The Concord Review operates as a specific illustrious method to publish some of the nation’s best students exemplary historical essays. According to their website, the Review is, “the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic work of secondary students.”
Harper Collins started this online resource for emerging writers, starting at 13. It’s a forum to publish fiction, short stories, and poetry. It also operates as a helpful socializing tool, connecting young writers from around the country in a safe and productive environment that encourages further literary growth. As it proclaims across the top of Figment’s banner, “Write yourself in.”
This fresh addition to the literary magazine genre is also an important place for the LGBTQAI+ young adults to publish fiction, poetry, and artwork. Iris aims to be, “a magazine which features engaging, transporting, challenging stories that offer a breath of fresh air in the young adult literary market.”
7. Lip Magazine
Lip 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.”
An “International Teen Poetry Anthology,” the Maze collects creative submissions from teens around the world before ruminating over the options and picking the best pieces to be published in their paper back book anthology. Submissions to the anthology are accepted all year round, but the deadline to be considered for the current year’s issue is the first Friday of March.
Hopefully this list will help you get an idea how to finally get your writing out to the masses! Writing can be a stressful and thankless task at times, but never give up. You may be surprised by the abilities you have.