Teen Markets

* Somewhat established markets (5 years or more).

** Very established markets (10 years or more).

** Aerie International

Aerie International invites “honest, innovative, precise poetry of varying subject matter and style” and welcomes “short prose, whether fiction or nonfiction, that conveys story and character through image and sensory language and that describes in concise, unfolding scenes rather than interpreting or explaining for the reader”. It does not accept science fiction, fantasy, horror or romance, but hopes to receive original foreign language poems accompanied by English translations. Founded 2008. See website for submission instructions. Currently closed. Reopens for submissions in January 2020.

** The Apprentice Writer

Published by Susquehanna University, The Apprentice Writer features fiction, poetry, memoir, personal essays and photography by high school students. There are no restrictions on style, subject matter or length (up to 30 pages). It seeks the best-written work and photography/graphics by high school students (grades 9-12) from the United States. Founded c. 1982. Submission period: September 1, 2019 – March 15, 2020.

* Black Fox Literary Magazine

Black Fox seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and blog posts. It encourages submissions from underrepresented genres such as young adult, romance, flash fiction, mystery, etc. Manuscripts must be under 5,000 words. Founded 2011. Submission periods: March 1 – May 31, 2019 & September 1 – November 30, 2019.

The Blue Marble Review

The Blue Marble Review is a free quarterly online journal for young writers ages 13-20.  Its name is inspired by the view of earth as seen from the Apollo 17 spacecraft. This colorful and iconic image known as the Blue Marble provides continued inspiration for dreamers, discoverers and explorers everywhere. Founded 2016. Submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art are accepted on a rolling basis.

* Canvas Literary Journal

Canvas Teen Literary Journal is an online magazine for teens and by teens, published quarterly in May, August, November, and February. It accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Founded 2013. Submissions open October 1, January 1, April 1, and July 1.

** The Concord Review

The Concord Review publishes “exemplary history essays by high school students in the English-speaking world” and is the only quarterly journal to publish the academic history papers of secondary students. Students may submit essays on any historical topic as long as they are the sole author and have completed the essay before finishing secondary school. Entry fee includes a subscription to the journal. Founded 1987. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

* Crashtest

Crashtest publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in the form of personal essays, imaginative investigation, experimental interviews, and more. Please read submission guidelines carefully before submitting. Founded 2010. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

The Daphne Review

The Daphne Review is an arts and literature magazine that features exceptional work by today’s young artists. Submit original written submissions of any format (fiction, nonfiction, interviews, poetry, short plays). Founded 2015. Published in the spring and fall; submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

** Élan International Student Literary Magazine

Élan accepts original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screen writing, plays, photography, and visual art from students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12. It seeks original, innovative, creative and nuanced work from around the world. Founded 1986.

** Hanging Loose

Send poetry or fiction to High School Editor, Hanging Loose, 231 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Include a note with your age, your high school, and any other biographical info you wish to include. Be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient return postage. Send 3 to 6 poems, or 1 to 3 short stories, or an equivalent combination of both. Founded 1966.

** Interlochen Review

The Interlochen Review is an online literary journal for writers in grades 9-12 or students in their high school postgraduate year. It is edited by the creative writing students of Interlochen Arts Academy. Submit up to 6 pieces total. These can include fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, song lyrics and hybrid work. Include a bio. See website for further guidelines. Founded 1976. Submission period: February 1 – March 1, 2020.

InQluded

InQluded is an online magazine for QTIBIPoC (queer/trans/intersex Black/Indigenous/persons of color) youth. Members of this community ages 14-28 are invited to submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, music, visual art, and interviews. Founded 2019. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

** Louisville Review

The Louisville Review accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K-12. It seeks writing that looks for fresh ways to recreate scenes and feelings. Honest emotion and original imagery are more important to a poem than rhyming and big topics—such as life, moralizing, and other abstractions. Include name on every page and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for reply. For guidelines, go to website and click on “Cornerstone.” Founded 1976.

** Navigating the Maze

Navigating the Maze, an international teen poetry anthology published by Adonis Designs Press, features work by young poets from around the world. Submit 1-3 poems or pieces of art by email. Founded 1999. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

** New York Times – Student Opinion

Daily questions posed by New York Times editors allow students ages 13-19 to reflect on current events. Comments need not be formal or polished; instead, students are encouraged to “use these forums to hone their voices, ideas and opinions.” New prompts posted daily.

** Parallax

Parallax Literary Magazine publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing by high school students around the world. Founded 1997. Submission period: September 5 – April 30.

** Polyphony Lit

Polyphony Lit is a student-run national literary magazine that strives to present the voices of high school students from all walks of life. Published annually, it features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Founded 2008. Submission deadline: May 31.

** Skipping Stones

Skipping Stones is an international, multicultural literary magazine that publishes writing by youths and adults from across the globe. Submit prose up to 1,000 words or poetry up to 30 lines by mail or email. Founded 1988. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

** Teen Ink

Teen Ink publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews by teens. Founded 1989.

* Winter Tangerine Review

Winter Tangerine publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Visit the website for more information on workshops, fellowships, internships, awards, columns, events, and more. Founded 2013.

ADULT/HIGH REACH MARKETS:

* The Adroit Journal

The Adroit Journal accepts submissions of poetry, prose, and art from high school and college students for potential publication. Founded 2010. Submission deadline: November 1, 2019.

* Hippocampus Magazine: Memorable Creative Nonfiction

Hippocampus Magazine is an exclusively online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. Each monthly issue features memoir excerpts, personal essays, reviews, interviews and craft articles. Founded 2011.

** New York Times “Modern Love” column

The editors of Modern Love are interested in receiving deeply personal essays about contemporary relationships. Read sample essays before submitting. Length: 1,450 – 1,500 words.

** One Teen Story

One Teen Story publishes writers ages 13-19. Short stories should be between 2,000 to 4,500 words and be the writer’s own original, unpublished work. Previously published stories and stories forthcoming at other publications cannot be considered. No entry form or fee is required. Founded 2002. Submission deadline: November 15, 2019.

Sandpiper

Sandpiper encourages submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from young writers. Founded 2019. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

** SUN Magazine “Readers Write” column

Readers Write asks readers to address subjects on which they’re the only authorities. Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression. Writing style isn’t as important as thoughtfulness and sincerity. The SUN publishes only nonfiction in Readers Write. See the website for upcoming themes and to read sample essays. Founded 1974.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

New Pages Young Authors Guide to publications and contests is a useful and thorough guide to a wide variety of legitimate contests and literary markets for teenagers and young adults.

The Young Poets Network is a UK site that lists upcoming contests and magazine calls for submission. Some of the listings are for UK residents only, but many are international. The site allows you to filter your search by age range and type of market.