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Teen Writer Resource Page

Teen Writer Opportunities

On this Google Sheet, which anyone can edit, we've aggregated lots of resources for teen writers, including publishing opportunities, contests, internships, summer programs, etc. This is our most comprehensive collection of teen writing resources, ones both local and national.

Opportunities at The Muse

Each session, we offer classes specifically for teens: Creative Writing Level 1, Level 2, and various single day classes for specialized topics like comics, songwriting, and more!  We also offer a Young Writers class for kids 9-11.

Teen Fellowship applications open every fall. Sophomores and Juniors can apply for the program which offers free creative writing classes and mentorship from professional writers. The deadline is January 3.

Internships at The Muse provide high school and college-aged students with hands-on literary experience.

We have a strong community of young writers who stay in touch on our Discord and meet bi-monthly through our writing club.

Every month we offer different events specifically for young writers: from panels on publishing to Q&As with guest authors.

 Literary Journals

The Muse Writers Center offers our teen students the opportunity to submit to our in-house zine, Musings. If you've attended a class, club or event affiliated with The Muse, we welcome you to submit!

New Pages aggregates most of the literary anthologies that are open to teen submissions. Send out your work!

All Ears is looking for young writers just starting out in the creative industry. They accept poetry, fiction, non-fiction (including book & film reviews), and visual art.

Check out this list of opportunities by Submittable, a popular online submission system.


Opportunities in Virginia

Interlochen Arts Academy’s creative writing program is accepting applications for its Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition. This is open to students in grades 8-11 during the 2022-23 school year and awards a full-tuition scholarship. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Go study at one of the best MFA workshops in the country—the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop.

The Hampton Roads Writers conference occurs annually in September and has programming specifically for younger writers.

Richmond Young Writers offers workshops and more.

Podium, also in Richmond, offers great resources for young writers. They also offer internships.


Fellowships and Workshops

Kenyon Review offers programs for Young Writers.

In Boston, there is the Grub Street Summer Fellowship.

Check out the New England Young Writers' Conference.

The great journal Adroit has a Summer Mentorship.

Vox offers a mentorship program for young people interested in careers in journalism.