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  • Publish Your Work: Contests, Print and Online Publications for Teen Essays, Stories, Poetry, Non-fiction, and Editorial Cartoons


    Teen Ink: This site accepts art, poems, stories, personal narratives, college admission essays, and reviews of favorite (and least favorite) movies, books, colleges, and websites for their monthly print and online magazine.

    Figment: An online writing community for teens managed by Random House. Users can post their writing and receive comments and feedback. Users are between the ages of 13-18 and have the ability to follow each other as well as participate in contests, discussion forums and blogging.

    Teen Voices: Publishes female-identified teens who have an interest in juornalism/media/writing and activism. Accepts reported pieces and first-person narratives by females 13-19 years old.

    Creative Communications: Poetry and essays. Creative Communication is a company who is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. Winners of their poetry contest win cash and prizes, and other entries of high merit are accepted for publication in their anthology.

    National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest:The only nationwide communications competition for high school students, The National Federation of Press Women invites students to compete in 17 categories: Editorial, Opinion, News Story, Feature Story, Sports Story, Column, Feature Photo, Sports Photo, Cartooning, Reviews, Graphics/Photo Illustration, Single-Page Layout, Double-Truck Layout, Environment, Video News Story, Video Feature Story and Video Sports Story. Each winner will receive a certificate, with first-place winners also receiving $100 cash.

    The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Offers early recognition of creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high-school seniors. The Awards program is national in scope and administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide guidance and support for the next generation of artists and writers, in partnership with 77 regional affiliate organizations.

    Letters About Literature: Library of Congress. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally.

    The Claremont Review : Contest in poetry and fiction for teens 13-19. $500 maximum prize, along with publication on $20 entry fee that includes a subscription to the magazine.

    Candlelight Stories: Candlelight Stories invites story writers (grades 6–12) and illustrators to submit their work to be published on Candlelight. 

    The John Lennon Songwriting Contest: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories (Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Latin, Folk, Gospel/Inspirational, Electronic, and Children's). You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Instrumental compositions are encouraged.

    The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition: Haiku Society of America contest for students.