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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!

Teen Writing Tip


What are you planning to read this summer? I tend to read loads of fantasy but I write contemporary fiction. That doesn’t mean I can’t or won’t write fantasy one day. I actually have a contemporary/sci-fi fantasy book on my to do list.

Over the last few weeks I have been pitching my manuscript and actually have a few bites. With that, I realized that I need to read the types of books I write in order to A.) know the market and B) that I could have books to compare my books to when I’m ready to pitch my book or even if I want to write a query letter to an agent.

As a rule agents want two comparable (books that can be compared to your book). So it’s important to have two comparisons of books written in the art two years. You have to see up on what is being written. Writing is an art form but it’s also a business. Why not add a few of those books on your summer reading list?


Teen Writing Competition


The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, is inviting entries for its annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in any of twenty-eight categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance’s affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Sixteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home school, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

The Alliance will begin accepting submissions on September 13, 2017. Deadlines for submission vary by region throughout the winter months.

For complete program information, entry guidelines, and regional deadlines, see the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website.

Writing Fellowship for Writers 21 and older



Although this isn’t a opportunity for teens I had to post this. 

The PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (EV) is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. 

Emerging Voices is a rigorous national fellowship that is based in Los Angeles, with weekly meetings and an intense reading and writing schedule. If you are not a resident of Los Angeles, and you are awarded the fellowship you will need to relocate for the seven month period, from January to July of 2019. Housing is not provided. 

Components of the Emerging Voices Fellowship Include:

  • Guidance from a professional mentor.
  • Private Author Evenings with writers, agents, and publishers.
  • Genre-specific master classes.
  • UCLA Extension Writers’ Program classes.
  • A professional voice instruction class and recording session.
  • A submissions workshop.
  • A volunteer opportunity.
  • Authors photos and professional bio.
  • Three public readings in Los Angeles.
  • A $1,000 stipend.

Applications Must Include:

  • Completed short answers.
  • A professional CV or résumé. Please list any writing experience, education, and publishing credits. 
  • Two current letters of recommendation written by people who are either familiar with your writing, or can attest to your ability to complete a long term project. Letters must include the recommender’s current e-mail address and phone number. 
  • A writing sample of up to 20 pages of double-spaced fiction or creative nonfiction, or 10 pages of single-spaced poetry. 

People ineligible for the Emerging Voices Fellowship:

  • Those who have an M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., or minor in Creative Writing.
  • Students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
  • Writers who have published one or more books through major publishing houses, university presses, or established presses.
  • Current professional magazine and or newspaper feature writers or editors.
  • Writers who are widely published in top-tier literary journals and/or magazines.
  • Anyone under the age of 21.

For more information go to

Application fee: $10.00 USD

Application Deadline: August 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Young Arts – Teen Writing and Arts Mentorship Program



t’s that time of the year ago folks. The Young Arts Mentorship Competition application period has opened. It ends sometime around mid October. If you are a student interested in the arts ( cinematic arts, writing, visual arts, music, performance, and design) this is a great opportunity to connect with mentors who will help you as you pursue your creative endeavors. Young Arts also provides scholarships.

A a friend of mine was a finalist a few years ago and a few years ago her son also won in photography. He was flown to Miami and put up in a hotel. All his expenses were taken care of. He went around Miami taking photos with his mentors in tow. what could be better than that? A career in the arts is competition and this program will give you the support you need to become success.

Young Arts  winners represent a dynamic group of artists including actors Viola Davis and Kerry Washington; Academy Award winning screenwriter and director John Ridley; Tony Award winner Billy Porter;recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; writers Jenny 8 Lee and Sam Lipsyte; internationally acclaimed artists Doug Aitken and Daniel Arsham, and many more.

Are you a visual, literary, design, or performing artist between the ages of 15-18? Apply to the YoungArts national arts competition and you could:

  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards
  • Take master classes with leading artists in your field
  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support
  • Achieve national recognition

Application is open until October 12, 2018, but don’t delay!

Teen Book Review- Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles



Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles was a novel about twin  Marvin and Tyler Johnson who live in Sterling Point, a rough gang invested neighborhood. In spite of it all Marvin is  an honor student with nearly perfect SAT scores and a plan on getting into MIT. There best friends are Ivy and G-Mo. The four of them make up “the nerds”. They all try to make it through life, a life where the police always see them as suspects regardless of what they do or don’t do.

After Tyler starts to associate with a known gang member things start to change between him and Marvin. Then one night after a crazy party that ends up in a shoot out Tyler goes missing, leaving Marvin to search for his twin and blame himself for his disappearance. Tyler’s body is later found, (This isn’t a spoiler it’s the book jacket) and Marvin discovers that a police office murdered his brother. Now he tries to come to terms with the truth and how he plans on handling it as he tries to find justice for his brother.

I loved this story. It’s a touching and emotional journey. That will make your heart ache. I loved this book. It took me on an emotional journey, one that will be difficult to forget.

# teen books # YA

Teen Book Review- One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, is a great book! The book was pitched as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Four teenagers, Bronwyn, the brains; Copper, the jock; Abby, the beauty; Nate, the criminal; and Simon, the outcast are all called to detention after being caught with cell phones that were found in their backpacks. They not only all deny having cells phones but they also claim that the phones found weren’t theirs.

A car accident occurs bringing everyone’s attention to the window. The next thing they know Simon starts having an allergic reaction to the water he was drinking and no one can locate his Epic-pen or the pens in the nurse’s office. In the end Simon dies and the four remaining students are soon accused of murder. 

One by one their most private secrets are reveal when Simon’s app About That releases information about them. This book keeps you hanging on as each student’s life is wrecked as their private lives and secrets become public. 

Great book! READ IT NOW!

#teen books #mystery books

Teen Writing Tip


Writing your poems, short stories, and books is the fun part of being a writer. On this site I post information about writing competitions but if you want to get serious and have a chance at having your book published you really need to connect with other writers, reads lots of books in the genre that you are writing, and ones that you aren’t in the genre you’re writing. I’ve learned so much by just reading it all.

Twitter is a huge resource for connecting with agents, publishers, and other #writers. The #amwriting hashtag and help you connect. Agents post what they are looking for using the #mswl manuscript with list hashtag. There are Twitter pitch competitions where you can pitch your book and have agents check out your pitch and if they like it they’ll even request your manuscript. The great thing about these Twitter competitions once you put #( insert pitch title) in the subject line your query moves to up slush pile and agents will check out our query letters.

Writing is a business. It’s not only about writing. It’s about getting your work out there too. Happy writing!

Teen Book Review- Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter


I just finished reading If I Save You First by Ally Carter. This teen book is a thriller. I don’t come across many in YA. The story centers on the life of Maddie, a young girl who moved to Alaska after her father, a former Secret Service bodyguard for the president, is almost killed after foiling the kidnapping of the First Lady.

The story begins when Maddie and Logan are ten years old and there’s a party at the White House. The Russian president is attending and security is high. Maddie and Logan discover that the First Lady is being kidnapped and Maddie’s father saves her, killing the kidnappers but also almost getting killed himself. After the attack Maddie’s father moved to Alaska with Maddie. Maddie was heartbroken over the move because she had to leave Logan, her bed friend.

After Maddie moves to a small cabin in Alaska she finds herself without friends and living in isolation with her father. Logan on the other hand has grown up and become a security menace for his bodyguards who he constantly ditches. Maddie and Logan are reunited when his parents send him to Alaska to stay with Maddie and her father. Of course all hell breaks loose. Without giving the story away there’s lots of teen angst and battles and Maddie fights to save Logan from the same people who tried to kidnap his mother. It’s a great ride and lots of fun.

Maplewood/South Orange Literary Festival


Next weekend on Friday June 8th and Saturday, June 9th the townships of South Orange and Maplewood are hosting a literary festival. There will be lots of your favorite authors attending this event. 

The book festival will also have an extensive children’s area, with over 40 children’s and YA authors, as well as a kids “fun zone,” featuring games, music, food, face-painting and fun for kids of all ages. 

Below are some quotes by past attendees quote from the book festival website. 

“I was thrilled to be part of the first Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival.
Great venue, and I enjoyed seeing kids really excited about books.”
TRACEY WEST, author of the popular “Dragon Masters” series for children

“It was quite a weekend with great events and wonderful writers both on Friday night and Saturday. I truly look forward to seeing the Festival grow into a highlight of our very literary community.”
JUDITH LINDBERGH, Director, The Writer’s Circle Creative Writing Workshops

Check out the website for more information.

Book Con This Weekend



Book Con is this weekend on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at the Jacob Javits Center. Tickets are still available. This is my first time going and there will be lots of your favorite authors available for book signings and speaking on panels.

Reposted from Book Com website. NYC’s best book festival is back! BookCon returns to Javits Center on June 2 and 3, and it’s heaven for bookworms. The two-day convention gives visitors a first look at the tomes that are coming to bookstoreand library shelves in the near future, offering free advanced reader copies of the buzziest unpublished books. 

Event highlights at this year’s BookCon include a hangout with Bill Clinton and James Paterson (yes, they’ve written a book together), a meet-and-greet with Dear Evan Hansen’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a one-on-one discussion with Abbi Jacobson about her new memoir. Cassandra Clare, Chuck Palahniuk, Scott Westerfeld will be there too…okay okay, we’ll stop dropping names now.

But seriously, you’re going to have to carefully figure out your schedule down to the minute if you want to see everyone: The exhibitors list is a beast, and half the time you’ll only hear about a new stack of books being handed out by word of mouth.

Tickets start at $30 for adults and $10 for kids for BookCon,. Tickets for the autograph area and writing workshops are available separately.