Have you got the 'write stuff'?

YouthWrite thinks so!

Here are markets for young Alberta writers!
(young BC, SK, MB, ON, PQ, NB, NL, PE, NS, NT, NU, YT writers also!)

Write Stuff is where you can learn more about writing markets for young people, writing competitions, tutorials on any number of great writerly topics, tips from some of your favourie instructors, helpful links and more!


Is it your first time submitting a manuscript? Do you want some help doing so? Here's some Manuscript submission guidelines from YouthWrite Coordinator Gail Sidonie Sobat. If Gail wrote them, you know they'll be good!

Young Writers' Markets and Contests


Amazon Canada First Novel Award - Deadline January 31, 2019

The Amazon Canada First Novel Award, co-presented with The Walrus, is coming back to Toronto for its 42nd year.
New this year is the Youth Author Award category. Authors between the ages of 13 and 17 submit a short story under 3,000 words, and our panel of judges will choose the winner—the prize for the winning short story is $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with Walrus editors


  • $5,000 prize and mentorship lunch with The Walrus editors 
  • Youth Authors must be the older of 13 years old and under the age of 18 at the time of entry into the Competition
  • The submission must be an original piece of fictional work under 3,000 words (published or unpublished) 
  • Submit your stories to: https://thewalrus.ca/amazonfirstnovelaward/



      Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth

    Attention teachers, parents, and any poets with creative young people in their life: we’re excited to announce that our annual Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth is now open for submissions!
    Cash prizes to be awarded in 2 categories:
    -Junior (grades 7-9)
    -Senior (grades 10-12) in the following amounts:
    1st place --> $400
    2nd place --> $350
    3rd place --> $300
    All six of the winning poems will also be featured on the League of Canadian Poets’ website and distributed through our Poetry Pause subscription program.
    Submissions can be entered by the poet, by a teacher, or by a parent or guardian, but the poem(s) submitted must be original work by the poet.

    How to submit:

    Prepare an e-mail to  admin@poets.ca. In the body of the email, include the following information:  

    Poet’s full name:
    Poet’s age:
    Poet’s grade as of September 2018:
    Poet’s city and province:
    Poet’s school:
    Poet’s e-mail address:
    Title(s) of attached poem(s):  

     Step Three: 

    Attach the Word document(s) containing the poem(s) to your e-mail. 
    We will confirm receipt of your submission within seven business days–if you have not heard from us by then, please feel free to follow up. 
    Winners will be notified in May 2019 and announced in June 2019. 


    Deadline: April 19, 2019



     Places for Writers:  Check out markets and young writers markets at [places for writers]

      jGirls Magazine accepts submissions on an ongoing basis from self-identifying Jewish teenage girls ages 13-19. You can submit articles, essays, fiction, poetry, cultural reviews, humor, photographs, music, videos, artwork and other creative materials. You can submit as often as you’d like.



    Where Teens Write!

    This is a site that provides inspiration, connection and instruction for teens who love to write and want to improve and share their writing with other like-minded teens.



    For submission details:



      KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine and website for kids that empowers youth everywhere to tackle life’s big questions. KidSpirit provides a creative internet publishing outlet for teens around the globe to share original essays, poetry and artwork.  http://kidspiritonline.com/

       Stone Soup is made up of stories, poems, book reviews, and art by young people through age 13. Stories may be any length up to 2500 words.  Include your name, age, birthdate, home address, phone number, and e-mail address. Please do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope.Manuscripts are not returned. Send copies of your work, not originals. 

    Stone Soup Submissions Dept.
    P.O. Box 83
    Santa Cruz, CA 95063, USA

    For complete submission details, visit:


     The Blue Pencil Online publishes the work of writers ages 12 to 18 from around the world, with the intention of showcasing the best in literary craft by young writers. Writers who are between the ages of 12 and 18 and who have not yet graduated from high school are eligible for publication in The Blue Pencil Online.  https://www.pw.org/literary_magazines/the_blue_pencil_online


    The Blue Pencil Online seeks:
    ♦ Narrative fiction of up to 5000 words
    ♦ Both free and measured verse of any length (limit = 3)
    ♦ Monologues, scenes, and one-act plays
    ♦ Essays (humorous, personal, miscellaneous) and interviews of up to 2500 words
    ♦ Translations into English (with original foreign-language text)
    ♦ Audio recordings of interviews and of readings of literary texts

    Write to:

     The Claremont Review is looking to publish first class poetry, short stories and short plays by young adult writers (aged 13-19) anywhere in the English speaking world.  

    What are we looking for?  We publish anything from traditional to post-modern, but with a preference for works that reveal something of the human condition.
    We strongly urge contributors to read back issues of The Claremont Review.
    What we are NOT looking for:  Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, most rhyming poetry; your first draft of anything, previously published work. Go to
     www.theclaremontreview.ca to learn what we are looking for.


     New Moon Girls portrays girls and women as powerful, active and in charge of their own lives - not as passive beings who are acted upon by others. New Moon Girls celebrates girls and their accomplishments—we support girls' efforts to hold onto their voices, strengths and dreams as they move from being girls to becoming women.

    General Guidelines: All material should be pro-girl and focus on girls, women, or female issues. New Moon Girls was created by girls and women for girls who want their voices heard and their dreams taken seriously. It is edited by and for girls ages 8 and up.

    When emailing submissions, insert the text directly into your message. No attachments PLEASE! All other work must be submitted electronically.  http://newmoon.com/free-emag-new-moon-girls/

    Articles should be between 300 and 1200 words.  Send all electronically by email to

    Please read a copy of New Moon Girls to understand the style and philosophy of the magazine. http://newmoon.com/


    Important Note:  Although we try to keep this website up to date, sometimes links are taken down without our noticing.  Before you send ANY of your writing out, check that the link is active and the journal/magazine/e-zine is still operating.  And if you find it's not, drop us a line to let us know.