– Writing Activities for Home
Because Writing Matters (pdf)
– Goal Setting
– Publication Opportunities
Age Range: 6 to 14
Accepts: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and illustrations by assignment
Since 2007, Launch Pad has been publishing original writing and art by children. A look at the site suggests that a new piece is published once a month on average, which is not very frequent. Still, it’s got one of the lowest age limits for writing, so aspiring elementary-age writers should give this one a look.
Age Range: 13 and younger
Accepts: stories, poems, book reviews, illustrations by assignment
Started in 1973, Stone Soup is one of the oldest and most well-established publishers of original writing and art by children. My family has subscribed to this magazine for a few months now, and the quality is excellent. The magazine is published six times per year, in print and an iPad version. After written work is submitted, the editors match illustrators with stories and poems, resulting in pieces that are written and illustrated by two different kids. And like Cicada, Stone Soup pays their writers and artists. As of this writing, illustrators get $25 per illustration, and writers get $40 per piece.
Age Range: 13-18
Accepts: fiction, poetry, plays, creative nonfiction, new media, cross-genre, art
Published four times a year and run by an all-student editorial board, Canvas publishes high-quality student writing and cover art in a variety of formats: online, pdf, ebooks, and print books. Something else cool: They also feature sound files of authors reading their work and some video interviews with authors. Canvas has only been around since 2013, and if what they’ve done so far is any indication of where they’re going, they will soon become a considerable force on the student literary scene.
THE CLAREMONT REVIEW
Age Range: 13-19
Accepts: fiction,poetry, plays, interviews, art that can be presented in still digital image
Named the 1999 “Literary Magazine of the Year” by Write magazine, the Canadian-published Claremont Review has the look and feel of a legitimate, traditional literary magazine. Since it is currently available only in print, I ordered myself a hard copy. It’s a solid publication with a clean design, with a nice mix of prose, poetry, and artwork, along with a section of contributors’ notes at the end. Claremont takes the growth of its writers seriously, even those they do not publish: All submissions that are accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will receive written commentary on their work.
Age Range: 13 and up
Accepts: poetry, fiction, plays, non-fiction
Named one of the 25 Best Websites for Teachers by Scholastic, Figment is an online community where students self-publish their writing. Contributors — or “Figs,” as they are nicknamed on the site — earn badges by reading and reviewing other Figs’ work and submitting their own. The site regularly runs contests, polls and quizzes, and provides space for public and private groups — even teachers can create class groups for sharing and discussing work.