Hey, hey — hope everyone’s enjoying their Thursday. For once I’m not in the sea — often I swim, but Storm Doris is whipping up the waves and even I won’t swim alone in a gale. Not today anyway.
So let’s talk about kid fiction. Last week my children asked to enter the BBC 500 word challenge, which is great. If they want to write a flash piece, get published, win some great books for the school library (yuss!), and grab some glitz in London (oh-ho-yes-please), I’d be up for that. But in 2016 there were 123,436 entries; that’s a 1 in 2,469 (0.04%) chance of being published.
What happened to the other 123,386 stories? How many were read after the competition? If children take the the time to write, their stories should be celebrated; 500 words is a lot when you’re little, especially if you’re not sure how to start. (It helps to read the winning stories from previous years.)
Are there any other really cool places where kids can get their stories published?
Please, if you know of any, send me your links? Once I’ve had a google and a tweet, I’ll be back up here posting my findings, and we can try and make sure that some of the other 123,386 stories find a home.
Because kids’ stories rock.
Writing opportunities for children
In alphabetical order:
Online magazines & blogs
Canvas Teen lit journal.
Cicada Teen lit journal.
Figment Self-published platform but has competitions.
Fingers Comma Toes Blog publishing themed prose, poetry, essays and art.
Launch Pad Age 6-14y, authors and illustrators.
New Moon Girls only, age 8y+.
[N.b. I don’t like girls-only stuff. Really, why segregate? Girls can compete, all can benefit from reading. But since I don’t have a huge number of places on the list yet, here it is for now.]
Polyphony HS. Teens. Deadline — annual May 30th.
Stone Soup Age up to 13y.
Storybird Self publishing platform any age.
Teen Ink 13-19y, online lit zine.
Magic Dragon Quarterly magazine presenting writing and art by children.
Story Monsters — Kids Can Publish Poems, articles and stories by under-18s.
The Claremont Review Lit journal. 13y+
Online writing competitions
BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition Flash fiction competition, 500 words, prizes are books for schools and entrants. Open Jan-Feb (this year 23 Feb ’17), see site for details.
RSPB wildlife diary This ran to October 2016; waiting to see if there might be another one. 3 categories: family, blog, and age 8-18y.
The Print Express Children’s Short Story Competition 500 words, closes 31 March 2017.
Wicked Young Writer Awards Current competition closes 13 March 2017. (Do check out the copyright clause before you enter.)
Children’s Book Guild (current / 2017?)
Cult of Pedagogy list of 13 places for children to submit writing (2014).
Sites that are currently not accepting submissions
(but which used to be cool)
247 Tales — closed. Online micro-fiction competition with prizes from Bloomsbury children.
Launch Pad — closed. Fiction, nonfiction and poetry by children aged 6-14y.
The Blue Pencil — closed, to be replaced in 2017 with a new website.