Catherine Austen books for young people

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"Her writing cuts straight to the heart."

(The Globe and Mail)

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Where Can Young Writers Publish Their Work?

If you are a child or teenager who loves to write, it is natural to want to publish your work. And if you write short stories or poems, there are several online and print publications you can submit to. I keep an updated list of such publications on my blog. Check out my Young Writers' Markets post.

If your work is not ready for traditional publishing, you could post it on one of the many websites like or where writers share and critique each others' drafts. (Just keep in mind that once you post your work anywhere on the internet, it may not be eligible for some contests or magazines.)


Many national organizations, regional guilds and local libraries have writing contests for children and youth, some of which result in print and online publication. Links to current contests change too rapidly to list here, but you can follow my blog or Facebook Page to keep track of contests as they arise. Be sure to ask at your local library if there's an opportunity for young writers in your area.


Stay away from any contest or call for submission that asks you to pay money to have your work considered or to buy multiple copies of a book in which your work will be published. These are sometimes scams. (Sometimes not - it takes a lot of staff time and money to advertise, read contest entries, and award the winners - but still, it's just plain creepy for adults to ask children to pay money to have a poem considered.) Stick with the free contests and legitimate publications. They have editors, designers and readers who will support you instead of ripping you off.

Good luck.

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