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Getting published

There are plenty of opportunities to get your work out there from writing competitions to online publishing — everyone starts somewhere.

Re-Draft — where publication is the prize

Get your talent recognised in a book that will be read all over New Zealand — enter the annual Re-Draft competition.

Starling Literary Journal

Online literary journal, Starling, is looking for young writers to publish and you could be one of them.

Your writing

Great work by young writers to give you inspiration:


* Hagley Writers' Institute
Programme to help aspiring writers prepare their work for publication. Based at Hagley High School.
* New Zealand Post National Schools Writing Festival
The Writing Festival is a free event for students interested in writing fiction, poetry and scripts for theatre, film and television. The weekend features two half-day small group creative writing workshops and seminars featuring some of New Zealand’s leading writers. The Festival is held in conjunction with the New Zealand Post National Schools Poetry Awards.
* School for Young Writers
Where, when, how much and who's involved. The answers are all here. See also our information.
* Advice for Writers from Holly Lisle
Heaps of advice for writers, written as FAQs, articles and workshops.
* BBC Blast - Writing
BBC site with heaps of great tips and tools, a writer's room, a poetry tool and information about copyright and contracts. Good for reference.
* BBC Writersroom
Tips and tools for writers, learn about getting published, writer interviews and links to other great writing sites
* Book Divas
It's been called the teen equivalent to Oprah's Choice. This is your opportunity to sign up and become an opinionated Book Diva!
* Every Poet
An abundance of poetry resources and a chance to share your own writings
* Fan Fiction
Both for stuff to read and for getting published: fan fiction is when fans write new stories about their favourite characters from movies, comics and other books etc.
* Merlyn's Pen
Brilliant poems etc from other teens here plus a chance to get your own edited & published on site.
* New Zealand Book Council
information about NZ authors as well as the NZ Book Trade Directory, information about the Book Council and its events, awards, grants and festivals. Section on How to get published
* Poetry Wiki
Express yourself freely in words and find new ways to do it. Create a log-in and once you're accepted you can contribute to this poetry wiki for teens.
* Publishers
A list of New Zealand publishers' websites.
* SpineOut
Submit reviews and creative work and get published on this Australian high-school oriented site.
* Starling
Online literary journal featuring prose and poetry by New Zealanders under 25 years of age. Accepts submissions.
* Teen Ink
Written by teens for teens. Submit your own pieces of creativity whether it's fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, artwork or photographs.
* Teen Lit
A place where you can discuss your own writing, place reviews and talk about books you're reading plus more!
* The Poetry Society
British site with information on competitions, poetry landmarks and links to other poetry sites
* Whitireia Polytechnic writing courses
Writing and publishing courses for creative writers and journalises. Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor level study.
Choose Writer from the drop-down list.
* Writerfind
New Zealand run site for freelance writers and market place for work.
* Writing and Illustrating for Children
New Zealand publishers' requirements and addresses.