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Do you express yourself through writing? These resources will help you improve your writing, get published or even win prizes for your work.
AdLit Writing Contests
Although this is written as if it were for your parents or teachers, don't let that stop you from entering these contests.
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
You can't get any more prestigious than this. Writers like Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath and Joyce Carol Oates had their beginnings in this contest. Acclaim, scholarships and more for students in grades 7 to 12.
Publishes poetry, fiction and non-fiction by teens from all over the world.
A Girl's World
Opportunities to send articles and creative writing and to find a pen pal for girls 7-17.
Show off with comics, poetry, stories and personal essays on this site for girls with a bit of an edge
HSJ.org: High School Journalism
Check out high school newspapers from around the nation and see if yours is among them.
National Gallery of Writing
Share your writing in this online gallery by the National Council of Teachers of English.
Writing tips plus a chance to publish poetry, fiction, literary essays and drama for anyone under 19.
Push Novel Writing Contest
If you're in 7th to 12th grade and have written a novel or are in the process, submit it to PUSH, edited by none other than David Levithan. The novel you submit could be published in PUSH!
The magazine and website depend on submissions from teens like you. Send in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or your art/photographs. See what other teens are saying, thinking, and writing.
From the Internet Public Library: booklists, zines and other sources to read or to consider for submitting work.
Like the print magazine version, this site is written by, for and about teen girls and young adult women. Includes articles, creative writing and an activist of the month.
Western Pennsylvania Writing Project Summer Young Writers Institute
The Young Writers Institute is open to students entering grades 4 through 12. Students can develop the craft of writing in a variety of genres while being mentored by University of Pittsburgh writing instructors. Events also include visiting writers, field trips, and publication of polished pieces.