Saturday, March 5, 2011

Children Who Write Also Publish

Many children are excellent writers and there are markets that publish their manuscripts. The following resources help jump start a youngsters's writing career.

KidPub, Books and stories for kids, by kids since 1995, Free membership required. Visit the FAQ to learn about this wonderful site for children who write, Frequent contests have valuable awards.

Kid Writers Club, You'll need to create your User ID and your password and register to log in.

FundsForWriters offers a WRITING KID newsletter. Scroll down to read the issue on the page here, Scrolling through the page brings links to a wealth of writing contests and information. Alternately, use the following links to locate the newsletter.

Find the current newsletter online at, Read the archived editions at,

PBS Kids Go! holds writing contests for grades K-3 at,

Visit the site and click on Writers Contest Guide (the little red book toward the upper right corner) to get a great step-by-step 15-ge Contest Writing Guide (in PDF that you can print), Originally created by Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest.,, runs a contest for original stores for kids read by kids, The Smory that gets the most views in the month wins $300.
  • 2nd place = $250.
  • 3rd place = $200.
  • 4th place = $150.
  • 5th place = $100.
Fiction for ages 3-8. Written in English. No longer than 700 words Poetry and rhyme is accepted. Submissions to are currently on hold. Go to, to join their mailinglist and they'll let you know when submissions reopen. Check their site to read past winning stories, and you'll also be able to learn about the authors and read other stories they've published.

Carus/CricketPublisher Cricket, also publishes children's stories in many magazines. For guidelines to each magazine scroll down the sitemap, here, to find the link for submission guidelines.

Coblestone and Cricket,, (scroll to find the sitemap),, where you'll find links that lead to sample articles from a wealth of magazines geared to children of various age groups.

You can quickly find thirty five magazines, and learn what each is interested in here,

If you have or know of children who write, encourage them, and use this information to help them also publish their writing. Share this information with all teachers and anyone you know that interacts with youngsters. Our nation will always need writers.

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