Author Archives: Teen Girls That Write

About Teen Girls That Write

Writer working on her first novel after years of writing screenplays. I want to give others the opportunity to start writing!

Writing Competitions


The Dogwood’s Literary Prize is coming up.This competition is for writers who write short stories, essays, and poems. You can submit no more than three poems that are no longer than 10 pages and up to 22 pages of prose.It has a nice prize and it here are the some of the submission requirements.

This is prize not limited to teens.


Go to for more information and good luck!

September 5th deadline

Fee: $10

Prize: $1000


Young Arts Competition


Young Arts Competition

This is a great competition for students in any discipline of the arts. The prize and perks are great. This prize is sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the ArtsA friend of mine won and was flown to Miami for a week and put up in a hotel. Young Arts took care of everything. He had the opportunity to get mentored by three photographers. ( Photography was his area but this one is for writers too.)

Plus he won $1000. His parents told me that this will change his life and it will. Academy Award and Grammy Award winning artist took part in this amazing program and now are its mentors. I know I have posted about this one so this is your reminder. Good luck!!!


Prize: Up to $10,000
Deadline : October 14, 2016
Description: Program is open to young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. There is a $35 application fee, but fee waivers are available to qualified applicants.

Teen Writing Prompt 744



Is it the story of the characters that keep you interested in a story? I have read books with a fantastic premise but I didn’t care about the characters. I have also read stories with great characters but the story just wasn’t there.

Okay, here we go. Here is a picture of your protagonist. What does this picture tell you about him? What’s his story?

Teen Writing Tip


Okay the first day of school is approaching or some of you may already have started school. This is the perfect time to make your plan – the perfect balance of homework, school activities and your writing because you have to keep writing no matter what.

The Young Arts Mentorship Program’s deadline is in October and the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition’s deadline is December. Check out the websites and look over the rules and submission requirements. Write it down. Make a list. Give it a shot!

Good luck and happy writing!


Teen Writing Prompt 742



I was the only one to survive. I am sure of it. I saw the boat go under it’s fingers trying to grab me as I swam away. It was dark. So dark that I couldn’t see where I was going. I just let the tide carry me, hoping it would carry me to land. My life jacket helped keep me afloat but I knew that it wouldn’t help me fight any sharks that I might encounter.

When I woke up and saw a deep blue sky and a bird. A beautiful bird.

Continue the story… Remember be creative and have some fun!

Teen Picture Prompt 741



Growing up I use to like those coming of age summer movies.   Almost Famous, and Stand and Deliver were great coming of age movies . Write a summer coming of age story based on this picture.

That day was the hottest day of the summer. It was nine o’clock and almost 100 degrees. Margie and I decided to go to the beach early so we could get the perfect spot close to the water but also with the best view of the lifeguards. I saw him almost immediately but of course he didn’t notice me. Jordi Benson only noticed girls in tiny bikinis while I am muscular and surfed every morning. I was in the best shape of my life and was hoping I’d finally get a sponsor to support me on my mission to become a professional surfer one day.

I am sitting with Carol and just finished setting up when I saw him …..

What happens next? Continue this story or write one of your own.

Teen Writing Prompt 740


When I was a teenager I had a subscription to Life magazine. I loved looked at the photographs of people and places from all over the world. It’s amazing how differently people live. Even here in the US people can have really different experiences. Think about living in Alaska where in the winter you’d have 6 months of darkness. What if you lived in a beach community in California or the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona?

Go to and click on the photographs tab. There are several categories. People and Culture, and Travel are the ones I want you to focus on. Select one and write a story based on that picture. Be creative and have some fun!


Teen Writing Tip


Okay, we’re well into our summer vacation so I thought that’s I’d check in with you all. We still have over a month left to work on our projects. Forgive yourself if you haven’t been writing. The school year can is difficult and busy. Why not set a goal for the remainder of the summer?

The Scholastics Arts and Writing competition will be coming up in December and the Young Arts mentorship program is already underway. Why not use these great competitions as motivation? cha-maquina-de-escrever-e-livros

Teen Book Review- Miss Peregrines Home for Perculiar Children


A few months ago when I was at the movies I saw the trailer for #Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I decided to read the novel before I saw the movie and I loved it. The book is unique. There are many odd photographs throughout the book that go with the story which made me wonder if the author saw the photographs and based the story around them. Either way it really doesn’t matter. The storytelling is artful and exciting.


It reminds me a X-Men where these children have special powers. The story is about a boy named Jason who saw hi grandfather’s murder by a strange creature. No one believes him. His parents believe that he’s traumatized after grandfather die but soon Jason discovers a world where the normal rules don’t apply and children who have special skills. It was very exciting and unexpectedly filled with a little romance to boot. Read this book for the beautiful writing and the great story.