Writing Contests, Getting Published

Why are we doing this?

  • Get your work recognized! There's nothing like seeing yourself in print!
  • Entering contests and/or getting your work published can be very motivating!


  • Teen Ink Teen Ink is a fantastic resource for both contests and getting published. Explore their website. They have a non-fiction contest with monthly prizes, a fiction contest with prizes twice a year, poetry and interview contests and much more. This link also has links to many other contests.
  • Merlyn's Pen Top teen writing magazine to get published in, or enter their contests.
  • Kirtley Science Fiction and Fantasy writing contests for teens.
  • GiggleGig Funny stories in many different categories!
  • Next Step Several contests. I recommend the "Shout Out" contest, for first-person narratives under 1,000 words.
  • Pomegranate Links to a number of teen writing contests.
  • Caution Writing contest fakes and scame.
  • Tips "Ten Tips for Winning Writing Contests"; also for good writing in general.
  • Write Source More good links for getting published.