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Grades K-6: Send your story to websites and magazines

The Internet has opened up many new places for children to publish, including websites operated by popular children's magazines. You might even consider launching your own website of student work. In the meantime, here are a few print and on-line places that encourage student writing. In most cases you will find submission details at the publisher's website - even if students are still required to print and mail their manuscripts the old-fashioned way.

Stone Soup

Stone Soup is made up of stories, poems, book reviews, and art by young people through age 13. If your work is accepted you might even get paid a small amount. To get an idea of the kind of work Stone Soup likes, look through the online archive at: http://www.stonesoup.com/archive/

  • How to submit: Stone Soup requires that you submit art and writing by mail. The editor says that you will only hear if they are considering your work for publication. Get the details at: http://www.stonesoup.com/

Creative Kids

Creative Kids magazine is the nation’s largest magazine by and for kids. The magazine bursts with games, stories, and opinions all by and for kids ages 8–14. The most exciting aspect of Creative Kids is that it is written by kids. Many kids get started by writing for the magazine’s “Write On” section. Here, kids express themselves by writing short opinion pieces about issues they face on a day-to-day basis. "We are looking for the very best material by students (ages 8–16)," says Creative Kids on its website. "Material may include cartoons, songs, stories between 500 and 1200 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, editorials, poetry, and plays, as well as any other creative work that can fit in the pages of the magazine."

Merlyn's Pen

SINCE 1985, Merlyn's Pen has supported teachers who promote creativity, critical thinking, and writing - and their students. Its most public service since 2003 has been the New Library of Young Adult Writing, which showcases outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction authored by America's teens, grades 6-12. 

  • How to submit: The website includes details on how to enter upcoming writing contests as well as top student work. Website: http://www.merlynspen.com

Time for Kids

Publication for Grades K-1, 2-3, 4-6 "What you think is important to us, so send us your questions, comments and suggestions through mail or email,” says the editor.Each week, TIME For Kids publishes a section called "Dear TFK," which highlights letters from kids around the country. You can get a chance to have your letter printed in TFK, too. Just write to TFK and tell them what you think about the articles you read in the magazine. Make sure that your first name, last initial, age and state are all included. The magazine also runs writing contests, with rules posed on the website.

Scholastic News

“Scholastic News Online wants your feedback! You can write your opinions and read what others have to say about many topics and people.

Storyworks

Go to Storyworks and flip through the magazine. Students can Write a Review, Write To Help, and Write to Win. There's a Word Nerd Contest in each issue that students are encouraged to enter as well.

Wacky Webtales

You can publish ready-made parts of speech tales on this site or create stories using stories posted by others. It’s kind of fun!

Mysternet

Mysteries to solve, scary stories, magic tricks and contests.

Cyber Kids

Accepts stories, poems and art from children ages 7 to 12.

Giggle poetry

Accepts original poetry from children.

Curl Up With Your Favorite Blanket: Bed Time Stories for Kids 

This is Danielle's favorite site. Her first-grade teacher wrote to me on her behalf to tell me that Danielle thinks everyone should know about this site. I have to agree. It is chocked full of stories. It will be hard to read them all, but you will find every kind of story you might need. I am happy to recommend it.

Kids recommend this site for fables, tales and more

Students in Jean Massieu Academy in Arlington, Texas think you should know about the site they recommend: "From Generation to Generation: Popular Bed Time Stories for Kids". There you will find nursery rhymes, fables, fairy tales, tall tales, spooky stories and more! It's not a place where you can publish, but it does have hundreds of mentor texts for teachers to use and students to read. Thank you students for researching my site. We appreciate the thank you tip about another useful site.

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