Note: Some of these sites have features that allow young authors to communicate with each other in a variety of social media formats. Please consider discussing and establishing some Social Media Guidelines with your young author that work for your family. Common Sense Media has some great ideas templates to get you started.
Magazines have long been a great first taste of publication for young authors, and many magazines geared for kids have regular writing contests. There are a select group of publications that contain only content written by young authors (and sometimes edited as well). Here are just a few to consider:
Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off (http://www.launchpadmag.com/)
This publication accepts submissions from authors and illustrators aged 6-14, with permission from a parent or other adult. They have tips for writers and illustrators to improve their work.
“Stone Soup offers what you need to encourage the children in your life to read and to use writing and art for self-expression” (http://www.stonesoup.com/). They accept submissions from children under 13 and have the added cache of paying authors for their work ($40 writing and $25 for illustration).
Another option for young authors aged 8 and up is the magazine New Moon Girls (http://newmoon.com/). This magazine and webzine is written and edited by and for girls aged 8 and up. Adult moderators work to keep the forums safe, but good digital citizenship ground rules should still be established before participating.
NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Program (http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/)
If your young author has a novel just aching to get out, this is a great time of year! November may have you thinking of Thanksgiving, but for budding novelists it means one thing: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The Young Writer’s Program of NaNoWriMo lets young writers set their own reasonable goals for writing and provides encouragement, workbooks and helpful motivational links.
Part of the Young Writers Program includes Resources for Young Writers (http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/resources). These resources allow you to connect with other members of the Young Writer’s Program. As with all social media tools, discuss safety ground rules before getting started and check in regularly. It is possible to take part in the project without using the social media component.
Perhaps your child would rather channel his or her writing efforts into reviewing the work of others. LitPick (http://www.litpick.com ) describes itself as the “latest in preteen and teen literature reviewed by a global community of students.” LitPick reviewers will choose from a list of titles to receive pre-press publications to read and review. The site requires each reviewer have an adult sponsor who should help reviewers select a book that is appropriate for their maturity and reading levels.
Books for Young Writers
We have added the titles below to our collection for young authors (available next week).
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazur
"The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot,
make revisions, and overcome writer's block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work." Amazon.
Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
Newbery Honor writer Gail Carson Levine shares her best tips and secrets to writing stories that will ignite readers' imaginations.