June 13, 2011


When I was a young writer (about 10-1/2 billion years ago), I spent lots of time in the 808 section of the Philadelphia Public Library. I read books like Writer's Market to figure out how to sell my writing and get rich.

When I was 14, I sent a batch of greeting card ideas to Hallmark.

Guess what Hallmark sent back.

A rejection letter, of course. But I didn't let it discourage me.

I continued writing and sending my work out for decades. While I kept getting rejected (Boo hoo!), I also sold greeting cards, stories, funny essays and, eventually, books for kids. Wahoo!

Never did get rich, but I sure had fun!

I know that when I was a kid, I would have LOVED a list of all the great books and Web sites available for young writers today.

Because I like you so much (I really do!), I'm going to share these wonderful resources with you.

Make sure to share this with other young writers.



1) http://noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/basic/yngwrite.html This Web site is a treasure trove of opportunities for young writers. It lists publications and Web sites that accept writing from children.
2) http://mag.amazing-kids.org/contests/amazing-kids-contests/ On this site, you’ll find fun contests for kids.
3) http://www.fundsforwriters.com/writingkid.htm This e-zine provides contests and publishing opportunities as well as articles for young writers.
4) http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/ If you’re age 13 or younger, you can contribute writing and illustrations to Stone Soup Magazine.
5) http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2011/06/co-authors-interview-walter-dean-myers.html -- Read this inspiring interview with author, Walter Dean Myers, and a young writer, Ross Workman, who collaborated on the novel Kick.
6) http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=52563.0 With a parent’s permission, send an e-mail to sign up for this message board, then scroll down to the “Young Writers Rock!” section. Introduce yourself, explore and ask questions.
7) http://www.aprilhenrymysteries.com/tips-for-writers.html Mystery writer, April Henry, offers great tips and resources.


1) Five Pages a Day: A Writer's Journey by Peg Kehret

2) Poem-Making: Ways to Begin Writing Poetry by Myra Cohn Livingston

3) What's Your Story?: A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction by Marion
Dane Bauer

4) Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer & Ellen Potter

5) The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner

6) Pizza, Pigs and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky

7) Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine

8) Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out by Ralph Fletcher

9) Seize the Story:  A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley

10) Just Write -- Here's How by Walter Dean Myers

Now, go have fun (reading and) writing!


Audrey said...

Thank you, Donna. I have forwarded this to the inhouse young writer. And I will share the link with folks at the schools I visit, too. Thanks for the great all-in-one-place resource!

David LaRochelle said...

Thanks so much, Donna. I know a young writer that will appreciate this.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What great resources! Thank you. I'm going to post a link to your blog on our facebook page. I wish I had this list when I was starting out.

Riley Roam said...

Oops, hit the button, before I put my name in. That last post was from Riley a.k.a. Anonymous ;)

Riley Roam said...

Um...do any of those books talk about correct comma usage? Oy vey!

Joanne Rocklin said...

Thanks! I'm always asked for resources like this when I visit schools! Fabulous. Joanne

Lee Wardlaw said...

I also recommend: Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley. A fabulous how-to that includes interviews with popular YA authors.

Also: Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine. Advice on all aspects of writing fiction, from the author of Ella Enchanted. Grades 5th and up.

Jennifer James said...

Great web site, Donna! You are an inspiration.
Also check out The Kids' Reading Room in the Los Angeles Times -- latimes.com/kids -- we publish kids' poems, stories, letters, book reviews and art every Sunday. Information on how to submit your work is on the web site -- it is for children who are 12 and under.
Jennifer James