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Check out the Markets & Contests tag on our blog for upcoming publication and contest opportunities!

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Have you written a piece that you’d like published? Check out the publications below, which publish work by young authors. Some of them pay!
The Claremont Review: Poetry, fiction, drama, and art; ages 13-19
Cyberkids: Poetry, stories, and art; ages 7-12
Dancing Owl: Original writing, art, and photography; teens
Germ Magazine: Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; girls in high school and beyond
Grip: Articles, stories, poetry, interviews, art, and photography; Alberta residents ages 13-18
KidsWWwrite: Stories and poems; age 16 and under
New Moon: Poetry, artwork, videos, and other creations; girls ages 8-13
Re: Verse: Poetry
Stone Soup: Stories, poems, art, and book reviews; ages 8-13
The Young Wanderer: Articles; Canadian high school students[/toggle]

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2. Find out the publisher’s submission guidelines (they’re usually on the publisher’s website) and make sure you follow them. Some publishers may not even look at submissions that don’t follow their guidelines.
3. Proofread your work before submitting it! Get your writing as polished as you possibly can.
4. Don’t be discouraged by rejections. If a publisher gives you feedback on why your work was rejected, learn from it and try again. Many professional writers have stacks of rejection letters from their early days![/toggle]

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2. It’s normal for contests to charge an entry fee, but if they ask you for money after telling you you’re a finalist or winner, that’s a sign of a scam.
3. If part of the prize is to be published in an anthology, winners should get a free copy of the anthology. Charging for additional copies is normal, but if you’re a winner and you don’t get at least one free copy, the contest is a scam.[/toggle]

Alberta Youth Writing Groups

If you’re not able to attend WordsWorth, Drink the Wild Air, or our Teen Writing Groups, there are other youth writing activities available across the province.

Bennett Centre Writing Camps (Edmonton)
Passion4Writing (Calgary)
Reality is Optional Writing Club (Calgary)
Writing ROCKS! (Sherwood Park)
Young Authors’ Conference (Sherwood Park)
Young Authors’ Club (Grande Prairie)

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