Written by Emily Harstone

22 Magazines that Publish Writing by Children and Teens

The following is a list of literary journals and magazines that publish writing by children and teenagers.

Some of them accept submissions from adults – and all of them accept submissions from youth of various ages.

Not all of them are currently open to submissions, but most are.

Children

Stone Soup
This magazine by and for children has been around for over 40 years. They publish work by and for 8-13 year olds. They publish stories and poems. Their website contains a lot of helpful tips about what they are specifically looking to publish. Submissions to a few categories are free, but some have fees attached. Learn more here.

Magic Dragon
They publish stories, essays, poems, and art by young people. They don’t have strict age limits that I could find, but most work seemed to be by children under the age of 13. Learn more here.

Little Thoughts Press
A print journal that publishes work by and for children, they accept work from authors of all ages but particularly encourage authors under 12 to submit. They will read for a themed issue from 15 July to 1 September 2022, Autumnatopoeia. Learn more here.

Teens and Children

Press Pause Press
This literary journal publishes work by adults and by those 18 and younger. If you are younger than 18, they do have special guidelines you must follow. You can learn more here.

Highlights
A very established children’s magazine, they allow general submissions from those 16 and up, but younger children are encouraged to submit poetry and art here.

Scribere
They publish creative work by 11-18 year olds. Learn more here.

Teens

Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal
This magazine of arts and letters is compiled by Bluffton University’s Department of English and Writing Program. They only publishes artists and writers ages 14-24.  Learn more here.

Paper Lanterns
A literary journal for those age 13 and up. Writers under 16 receive a  book voucher as payment. Anyone older than 16 receives payment. Learn more here.

Cast of Wonders
Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to stories up to 6,000 words in length, that they publish in a podcast format. They have detailed submission guidelines but are particularly open to work by young writers. They have a special submission window for writers ages 19 and under, through 30 June 2022 – please see their schedule. Learn more here.

BALLOONS Literary Journal
An online journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and art that is primarily aimed at young readers aged around 12-16. They accept submissions from adults and teens. Learn more here.

Adroit Journal
Adroit Journal was founded by a high school student over a decade ago now, and it is currently partially run by by high school and college students. Adroit publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, art/photography, and cross-genre works by adults and teens. They have a section focused on tips for young writers, as well as a number of opportunities available to young writers, the most notable being the Summer Mentorship Program.

One Teen Story
This magazine publishes three stories a year. Stories are written by teenagers and have to be submitted as part of their yearly contest. Entry is free, the winners are paid, and the next contest opens up in Fall 2022. Learn more here.

Élan
They accept original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screen writing, plays and visual art from students ages 14 to 18. They publish two online and one print issue a year. You can learn more here.

Teen Ink
A print magazine and a website that publishes work by teenagers intended to be read by teenagers. They have extensive submission guidelines and require registration but they are open to a wide variety (and lengths) of writing. Learn more here.

Lunch Ticket
An established and respected publication from Antioch University has a special category for writers between the ages of 13-17. You can see what they have previously published by going to their school lunch archive. You can submit here.

Polyphony Lit
This international literary journal run by and for teens is only open to submissions from high-schoolers. They have excellent covers. You can learn more here.

Levitate
Once a year, the Chicago High School for the Arts publishes their literary magazine Levitate. Learn more here.

The Daphne Review
They publish writing and art by individuals between the ages of 13-18. To learn more, go here.

The Milking Cat
An online teen comedy magazine that was started by a senior in high school. They publish comedy of all kind by teenagers. You can learn more here.

Inertia
A mental health initiative run by and for teenagers, they publish a wide variety of pieces including, creative nonfiction, fiction, poems, plays, spoken word, artwork, photography, and collages. Authors must be under the age of 25. Learn more here.

antinarrative
A journal made by and for POC youth creatives, they accept submissions only from writers of color between the ages of 13 and 23. Learn more here.

Blue Marble Review
A literary journal open to students ages 13-18. Learn more here.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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