Contests for Young Writers

Image of a poster for the I Matter poetry contest

NewPages maintains two guides where young readers and writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests: Publications for Young Writers and Writing Contests for Young Writers. Both of these are ad-free resources regularly updated with carefully vetted content.

The Lions Club International Peace Essay Contest is one of those listed, and the 2020-2021 winning essay “Peace Through Service” by 13-year-old Australian Joshua Wood is a beautiful example of the kinds of writing these contests can inspire. He can be seen/heard reading his essay on the site here, and his essay is available to read online or download to print.

If you know young readers and writers in your life, or if you yourself enjoy writing for young readers, check out these guides today!

[Image: National Youth Foundation poster for the “I Matter Poetry Contest.”]

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