(This a picture of one of my favorite foster dogs, John Coffey. He may be small, but he has a HUGE personality and his antics provided me with plenty of writing material. You can read all about him on my blog Another Good Dog.)
Think you can't get published or paid to write when you're a teen (or even just a little kid)??? Untrue. It can happen.
(updated regularly so if none of these float your boat - check back again.)
Looking for a contest to showcase you work? It's a great way to get noticed and many times make some cash. Check out this site which lists contests with no entry fees. In fact you can find plenty of other ideas on the freelance writing site itself.
Writers Digest Your Story Competition happens every month. Entries are your creative response to an open-ended prompt. Your short story should be 750 words or fewer. The prompts change each month. If you haven't already joined the Writers Digest community - you might want to do that. It offers a wealth of information and resources.
Penn Cove Literary Arts Award - this is an unique contest with no entry fee that allows a student judge to choose the winner. Submissions in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and children/young adults of 1000 words or fewer are accepted every month. The entries are read in the order they are received up until the point where the judge finds one that "knocks his/her socks off. At that point, the mailbox is closed for the month.
The Masters Review seeks out and publishes commercially unpublished writers (that's probably you!) in their anthologies. There's even a little money at stake here. Click here to read the submissions guidelines. No deadlines on this one, they take writing year round.
L. RON HUBBARD WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST
This is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500. Annual Grand Prize: $5,000. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.
Want to see YOUR name in print? Here are more publishing opportunities
TEEN GIRLS THAT WRITE
This blog is for teen girls. It gives teens information about scholarships, fellowships along with writing tips. It’s for teens who want to write books, screenplays or just about anything. Teens have the power to do anything and this blog is to help them get to where they want to go.
Literary magazines (many affiliated with colleges/universities) seeking writing from ANYONE (that includes teenagers). There is no fee to submit to these journals and magazines, so you have NOTHING to lose. Be sure to check out what kind of writing these journals are publishing by looking at their websites where you can usually find current or back issues.
Here's an excellent article with tips on how to get published in literary magazines. (It's also an excellent blog for an up and coming writer such as yourself.)
If you're looking for a writing community that gives you a place to post your writing, get feedback, enter contests, and connect with other writers (primarily teens), check out Movellas.
Wondering what's out there in terms of writing jobs? Here's a daily e-mail newsletter listing freelance writing job postings - Morning Coffee eNewsletter.
Here are links to journals that are currently open for submissions:
Literary magazine AGNI
Southern Indiana Review
The Southern Review
The Sycamore Review (Purdue)
Oberlin College Press
Confrontation Magazine (Long Island Univ)
The Georgia Review
West Branch Literary Journal (Bucknell)
The Cincinnati Review
What could you write about?
(I add more writing prompts occasionally, so check back)
What does fall smell like?
What would you do if you were forced to live inside your school building?
Write a poem in which every line begins with the word 'If".
Finish the sentence, "Someday I'll..." at least twenty times.
What can you hear right now? Write about it.
What do you imagine your dog is thinking? Write about his/her day.
Want to know what I think?
Have you written something stellar? I'd LOVE to read it! All you have to do is e-mail it to me at carasueachterberg at sign gmail dot com (I'm sure you can decipher my super sneaky coded e-mail address). No attachments, just put it in the body of the e-mail. Keep it to 250 words or less. I'll read anything - poetry, essays, stories, ramblings, articles. And then I'll e-mail you back and tell you what I LOVED about your writing.
Want to read a great book on writing? Here are a few of my favs:
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
On Writing by Stephen King
90 Day Novel by an Alan Watt
Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher