Links We Love!

Here are some of our favorite resources for young writers.

Teen Ink

Teen Ink is a website chock-full of resources for teens. It features teen writing of all sorts, accepts teen submissions, and provides excellent writing tips. THey also print a magazine, which is a great opportunity to see your name printed on a real page.

Poets and Writers

While Poets and Writers is not necessarily geared towards youth, it is nonetheless an excellent resource for writers of all ages.

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

This organization runs annual writing contests for young writers with numerous awards, scholarships, and opportunities for publication.

Milkweed Press

Only a staircase away, Milkweed Press lives on the third floor of Open Book.  This local nonprofit publisher puts out an incredible range of books including some stellar works for young readers.  Check it out before or after class one day.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Maybe you’ve already worked with MCBA in a combo class, or at least noticed the cool prints on the walls by the café downstairs, but this place deserves a second look.  They have tons of cool youth classes to create your own beautiful books.


Have you ever wanted to change what happened in Harry Potter? Have you ever found yourself dreaming up extra scenes in Twilight? If you have, then you should check out fanfiction. Don’t exactly know what fanfiction is? This website is the perfect introduction.

Lightning Bug

We were blown away by this awesome site dedicated to helping young writers start, develop, and finish creative stories.  It’s chock full of great tips and fantastic writing exercises.


ChixLIT is a magazine by and for girls 7-17.  You can submit writing and art or even become part of their editorial board.


A fantastic online writers’ community. You can self-publish to the site and swap with other writers for feedback. Better yet, they offer contests every week.

Intermedia Arts

Intermedia Arts is a multicultural arts center here in Minneapolis where art is used to empower and inspire youth to better their communities.  They offer a biweekly Young Writers gathering to talk about and get feedback on writing as well as groups specializing in film, photography, dance, and much more.

Young Writers Society

The Young Writers Society: an online community that features contests with cash prizes.

Speak Up Press

An online-only journal of young adult, nonfiction, and poetry, and in, some cases, book length nonfiction.

Want to learn about some of these links in more detail?  Check out this old post about links.

But don’t stop here! With the help of a search engine like Google, you’ll find even more resources out there.


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