Books about Writing
It's important to keep developing your writing skills. There are some
excellent books for young writers to help do this. Write Now
, by Karleen Bradford is published by Scholastic. It's a short, funny,
straightforward writing guide that is really worth having. The Young
Writer's Companion by Sara Ellis, published by Groundwood. It's
a different kind of book, a workbook that includes space for you to write
about different suggested topics. Both should be available at good book
stores, especially book stores specializing in children's books.
Web-zine for Young Authors
KidsWWrite is a monthly internet magazine that publishes poems and stories by writers 16 and younger. This web-zine is run by the Kalamalka Institute for Working Writers, part of the Okanagan University College in British Columbia. Visit KidsWWrite to find out more. There are limits on the amount of work you can submit. To see guidelines for contributors, visit the Submitting Your Writing page.
There's more information about submission guidelines under "Getting Published" below.
Be careful of competitions. Lots of competitions aimed at young writers are really just scams designed to sell copies of the published book. Wordwrights Canada maintains an updated list of legitimate competitions for young writers in Canada on their Writing Resources for Students page. Go to this page and click on "contests."
If you have a question about competitions, call your provincial writers' organization.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters CompetitionResidents of Newfoundland and Labrador can enter the provincial Arts and Letters Competition.
Junior divisions, for writers 12 to 18, include short story, non-fiction,
dramatic script and poetry divisions. There is a spring deadline each
year. This competition is open to residents of Newfoundland and
Labrador only, there is no entry fee and every entry will receive some
feedback from a professional writer. For more information visit the
Arts and Letters Competition web page.
You can download entry forms in pdf format from this site.
It isn't realistic to expect to have a book accepted for publication if you are a young writer, but that doesn't mean you can't try to publish your work. The Claremont Review provides a forum for young writers to publish their work.
How To Submit Your Work
Have a look at the magazine or write for "Submission Guidelines." Most magazines will only accept pieces of a limited length, and limit the number of pieces you may submit at one time. Following the submission guidelines will increase chances of having your work accepted.
Never send your only copy of anything away. Always keep a copy. If you
wish your work to be returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped
envelope (called a SASE). These magazines receive much more work than they
can possibly publish. Don't be discouraged by rejection slips. Every writer
gets them. Just enjoy yourself and keep writing.
The Claremont Review
Publishes original poetry, short stories, and one-act plays by writers
ages 13-19. Check out the
Claremont Review web site
for contests, more information and detailed submission guidelines or
The Claremont Review
4980 Wesley Rd.
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