Today's post is all about resources for teen writers.
Blogs and Boards for Teen Writers
Go Teen Writers "exists to provide encouragement, instruction, and community for teen writers." There are posts on craft and getting published and more.
Teens Can Write, Too supports and encourages teen writers and though the blog officially closed in August 2015 there are many archived posts that are great resources.
Scholastic's Write It Community is a message board where young writers can connect with other teen writers, post works in progress for peer review, offer your opinion on the work of other teen writers, and try step-by-step writing workshops.
Submission Opportunities for Teen Writers
Contests for Teen Writers
NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program is an event that happens every November 1st to 30th (NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month) and offers young writers (17 and under) a chance to challenge themselves and set writing goals. The NaNoWriMo adult program challenges those over 17 to write 50,000 words in a month!
The Aboriginal Arts and Stories Competition is open to Canadians of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 14-29. The contest welcomes short stories, plays, poetry, and screenplays. Submission deadline is March 31, 2016.
The Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth invites submissions in two age categories. Deadline is January 15, 2016.
The Writers' Trust of Canada invites high school students to submit their work. The details of the 2016 writing contest will be announced in early 2016.
Write for a Better World is a writing contest run by World Literacy Canada for Canadian students in grades 5 through 8 challenging students to create a story of 400 words or less. Submissions are closed for 2015, but bookmark the page and watch for the 2016 contest!
The Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest invites young authors ages 11 through 21 to submit their short stories (under 1,000 words) in various age categories. Entry is free. The 2015 contest is closed, but check the site on April 1, 2016 to enter next year!