Teen Writing Resources
These are sites I have found or been directed to. I have worked with some, but not all, and I always recommend that you do further research and check references before contacting each resource.
The Concord Review
The Concord Review publishes exemplary essays by high school students studying history and encourages submissions. It awards several monetary prizes each year.
Teen Link: WordSmiths
The New York Public Library has created a page that allows teens to submit their poetry and have it published for a month on the web. Visit this site for something to read and, while you're here, explore the NYPL's suggestions for published authors.
Young People's Press Online
Get your non-fiction writing published on the web! This site based in Canada accepts personal essays, news stories, pieces on youth culture and issues, pop culture commentary, and reviews from youth ages 14-24, with a focus on North American teens.
Merlyn's Pen is an online resource and print magazine of outstanding writing by teens.
Teen Ink Magazine
Features fiction, non-fiction, art, photos, poetry, articles about teen issues and more, all written by teen authors. The website complements the monthly print magazine.
This site aims to provide you with all the information you need as you progress in your writing career. This site does not publish, but it does help you find a publisher.
This website gives teens a forum to post their short stories, opinion pieces, jokes, and photos.
National Novel Writing Month happens every November. It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days.
This site offers free lessons in poetry and fiction, critiquing services, opportunities for teen writers, and other resources for writers of all ages.
Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.
BIW writers are connected through an online community through LMS Learning Management System — or Moodle. The main purpose of the group is to write, but we also exchange information, publishing news and kudos. Anything writing related.
The 10 Most Common Grammatical Errors:
A helpful list of common errors to watch out for when writing.
Language Is A Virus:
This site provides writing prompts to practice timed creative writing.
Why We Write:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brand
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
Learning to Write:
Seize the Story: a Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley
On Writing by Stephen King
Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing by David Morrell
From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler
Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
Joy Writing by Kenn Amdahl
Magazines to Subscribe To:
Grammar and Style:
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Grammatically Correct by Anne Stilman
The Wordwatcher’s Guide to Good Writing and Grammar by Morton S. Freeman
The Synonym Finder by J.I. Rodale
See more on the Writer Resources page