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Attention Kids in Grades K-12!


First, CLICK HERE to see how to get your written work published on the Kids Can Publish website.

Second, check out these great publishing opportunities offered by other organizations and start submitting your work today! In addition to possibly publishing your work for all the world to read, many of them offer prize money, scholarships and other cool stuff!

Note: Every publication or contest has different guidelines for submission. Visit the websites and read them carefully. Always get a parent or guardian's permission before submitting writing to companies listed. Five Star Publications and Kids Can Publish are not associated with any of the companies posted on this site, nor are we liable for their actions.

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PBS Kids: Fern's Poetry Club

Poem can be about anything - pets, family, friends, things you like to do... anything at all. Enter poems online to be included in Fern's Poetry Club. Fern reserves the right to not include poems that do not adhere to high standards of kid-friendly good taste. Make sure poems were written entirely by you, the child entering the contest.

All submissions become the property of ARTHUR and will be eligible for inclusion in all media. This means PBS can share the poems with others on the Web, TV, print and in other ARTHUR media.

Just 4 Kids Magazine

This magazine for families with toddlers to teens, offers wholesome readings that teach about God's love, His Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Bible. They seek Fiction and scripture stories between 400 and 1400 words, short poems and nonfiction articles between 300 and 1,000 words. Each issue is built around a specific theme with material that can be used by children in a variety of ways. Themes are set each year in December. They welcome submissions from children.

Pay: Stories and articles: Up to 5 cents a word; Family Devotions: $5 and up; Poetry: $2 and up; Activities, games: $2 and up; Art and Drawings: $1 and up. Visit the website for more guidelines.

Creative Communications

Poetry contest: Students: For each contest deadline, the top ten entries in each grade division (K-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12 for poetry) will receive a $50 savings bond, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest.
Teachers: Teachers with 5 or more students who give permission for publication will receive a free copy of the anthology that includes their student writers. Teachers also can qualify to apply for one of 50 $250 grants we award each year.

Essay Contest: Students: For each contest deadline, the top ten entries in each grade division (3-6; 7-9; 10-12 for essay) will receive a $50 savings bond, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest. Teachers: Teachers with 5 or more students who give permission for publication will receive a free copy of the anthology that includes their student writers. Teachers also can qualify to apply for one of fifty $250 grants we award each year.

Arizona Press Women

APW Annual Journalism Scholarship
Visit the APW website and select "Scholarship" for info on how you can win a $1,000 journalism scholarship. You must be an Arizona high school student studying journalism and applying to an AZ college or university. It's free to apply for this yearly opportunity.

APW Annual High School Journalism Competition
The Arizona Press Women/National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contests offers 17 categories to enter. APW enters all of the first-place student winners from its statewide contest into NFPW's national competition. Entries must be the work of students enrolled in grades 9-12 during the current school year or the last semester of the senior year for students' work published after the current deadline. It's free to apply for this yearly opportunity. Visit the APW website and select "High School."

New Moon

New Moon Girls is an online community and magazine where girls create and share poetry, artwork, videos, and more; chat together; and learn. All in a fully moderated, educational environment designed to build self-esteem and positive body image. Membership is just $34.95 for 12 months unlimited online access plus six bimonthly issues of New Moon Girls magazine.

SanTan Sun News
Kids Opportunity Section

Students who either live in the cities of Chandler, Gilbert or Queen Creek in the state of Arizona or who attend schools in any of those cities have the opportunity to win a $15 gift card for Changing Hands Bookstore and to see their articles, stories, poems, editorials and illustrations printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section. Visit the website, click on Youth and then Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. All well-written pieces will eventually be printed, and their authors receive the $15 gift card. The SanTan Sun News publishes youths' entries at the top of each month and distributes it to 38,000 readers. Visit the paper's Youth section to read samples.

Cricket Magazine for Kids

Various contests for ages 9-14

Content Sites for Kids

To get published in COBBLESTONE send in awesome artwork, powerful poems, and critical, constructive, or complimentary comments. Include your name, address, and a note from a parent, guardian, or teacher that acknowledges that the work is original. We request that you please keep your written submissions to less than 25 lines. We will fit as many as we can in upcoming issues.

Bear Essential News

The Young Reporters Program gives Arizona kids in grades 3-8 the opportunity to experience journalism firsthand. Through this free program of Bear Essential Educational Services, kids learn the fundamentals of reporting and how to apply them by writing for the "Get the Scoop" section of Bear Essential News for Kids. Joining the Young Reporters Program is simple! Just click on "Young Reporters Sign-Up" button at the top of the page. OR, click on "Contests & Fun" for various contests.

Pine Tree Poetry

One poem per student (K-12): The 25 schools that submit the highest number of poems will each receive $300 checks. Fifty additional schools will be selected at random to receive $50 checks. Checks will be awarded in October and may be used for any library materials. Each school that submits their students' poems accompanied by the School Submission Form receives a free copy of the book of poems for their library.

Stone Soup

TPublishes stories, poems, illustrations, creative writing by children ages 8-13. All contributors whose work is accepted for publication receive a certificate, two complimentary copies, and discounts on other purchases. In addition, contributors of stories, poems and book reviews are paid $40 each; illustrators are paid $25 per illustration.

National PTA Reflections Program

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme, and students submit entries to a local PTA or PTSA. Nationally, the program has six arts areas-dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts-and four grade divisions-primary, intermediate, middle/junior, and senior.

Elks Americanism Essay Lodge Contest

National prizes for first-, second- and third-place winning essays in Division 1 and Division II will be presented to the home Lodge of the winners at the Grand Lodge Session in Phoenix, AZ, July 17-21, 2011, as follows: First place $1,000 U.S. Patriot Savings Bond, Second place $500 U.S. Patriot Savings Bond, Third place $250 U.S. Patriot Savings Bond

Launch Pad Magazine

Launch Pad publishes fiction and nonfiction by kids and teens ages 6-14, choosing stories and poems that are creative and well written. We do not publish all submissions.

Anthology of Short Stories

The Anthology of Poetry is the forum that recognizes writing excellence in students from kindergarten through grade 12. We select and publish the finest poems and short stories submitted by student writers and provide teachers with an objective forum for their students' creations. Every year, we publish professional anthologies of students' poems and short stories, in soft and hard cover formats. Our authors are selected for their writing expertise and the purchase of a book is never a factor in the selection process.


The site allows students to publish stories. Each week the site challenges students to write a story using the character, place and prop they provide. Students can share their imagination, read fun stories and maybe even get published on the Internet for others to read and discuss. Entries are submitted online.


KIdsWWwrite is a nonprofit Web-zine developed to publish young authors' work. Its aims are to: encourage children to read and write for enjoyment, enable children to share and celebrate children's writing. Those ages 16 or younger can submit stories or poems. Submissions may consist of up to four poems (not exceeding one page each) or a story of up to 1,000 words. A new issue is published during the first week of each month. Submit via online form.

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