Young Adult fiction has exploded in popularity in the last decade, spawning a number of huge movie franchises, TV shows, games and spin-offs. But fiction is where it all begins.
There are a number of online resources catering to young adults and adults who love to write and read YA fiction. The list below is not exhaustive, so it pays to check regularly to see the new publications that spring up. As the genre grows, so will the fan base and the need for more YA fiction venues.
If you’re a writer of YA and you’ve been looking for places to submit your stories, these magazines and blogs should give you a good starting point:
Cicada – A literary / comics magazine whose purpose is to speak to teens’ truths. They publish fiction, poetry, essays, and comics by adults and teens. They have a submission page for writers. You can find them on Tumblr and Twitter.
Cast of Wonders – Young adult fiction podcast featuring tales of the fantastic. They are open to submissions, up to 6000 words in length. They also have a forum where listeners can discuss books, TV, movies, as well as the podcast episodes.
Cricket – A magazine aimed at 9-14 year olds. It features fiction and non-fiction, and each magazine is illustrated.
Youth Imagination – YI encourages young adults to submit their creative writing, but it is also open to adult writers of YA. They feature a blog on their website where short fiction is available to read for free.
Seventeen – An entertainment magazine aimed at young people, from 13-21. Seventeen invites its teen readers to submit their real life stories to be featured in the magazine.
YARN – A magazine that aims to publish the highest quality creative writing for young adult readers, ages 14-18, and those in other age groups who enjoy young adult literature. They also have an active blog.
Twist – A magazine aimed at young adults, featuring pop culture news, as well as advice, fun stuff, and fiction.
There are also a few publishing houses on Tumblr who either cater specifically to or have YA imprints. They offer insights about the publishing industry, and update with new releases and news. To list a few: Random House, HarperCollins, Chronicle Books, Scribner Books.
Go Book Yourself has a YA section where readers recommend books based on other books of a similar type. A good place for readers to find new YA authors to try.
If you know of any other YA-centric markets or blogs, feel free to post about them in the comments.