It's time for me to update my list of contests and markets for young writers.
I keep a hand-out for teachers, parents and students, who ask, "Where can my child send her writing?"
We could debate the usefulness of pushing children to publish, but I don't have a problem with students sending out their own work. In education, this is what's called an authentic audience -- writing that's not for school and grades, but has a purpose in the real world.
Please let me know if you come across any contests or publishing opportunities for those age 18 and under.
Here's a high school writing contest I learned about at the Dodge Poetry Festival:
Here's the link, if you want to read the small print. Rider University is in New Jersey, but the contest seems to be open to all high school students.
Good luck to your children and students!