Publishing Your Work
A writer is someone who writes. A published writer is someone
who submits his work. Why not submit your work to a publication?
The worst they can do is reject it--and most published writers,
even the famous ones, have had their writing rejected much more
often than accepted.
We publish within the school. The first publication will be in
the classroom, when you put out your memoir on your table for
reading and comments. The second publication is the favorite poem
essay, which we post in the hallway. The third is the song playlist,
which we publish in a wiki. Fourth is the hero essay, which gets
posted in the hall, and so does the fifth main assignment, the
I-Search story. At the end of the year, you may submit any of
these projects or other ones to the class journal.
You can also publish your writing for a larger audience. If you
do that, you should read the publication before you submit.
Editors get mad if you send them things that are obviously not
right for their magazine.
For instance, Bookworm Magazine
publishes the stories, poems, essays and artwork of kids ages
six through fifteen. It is edited by Sophie McKibben, who
founded the magazine in 2004 when she was in sixth grade and noticed
that there weren't a lot of places for kids to get their work
into print. http://bookworm-mag.com/
Other links are at http://www.newpages.com/npguides/young_authors_guide.htm