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Become a Launch Pad Writer!

Illustration by Catie, age 8 for “Colors,” by Pasha, age 11.

Launch Pad is not accepting submissions right now. The editors hope to have more time to dedicate to accepting more in the future, but for now, please enjoy the stories, poems, and artwork already published.

Launch Pad publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by kids and teens ages 6 through 14. We choose stories and poems that are creative and well-written. We do not publish all submissions. Read some of our stories and poems to get an idea of the works we like to publish. We also have Writing Tips to help you out.

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  1. Emy

    Sounds cool.
    Though I am only 11 years old I have written about 30 books about 25 of them one page for my grand parents, but I have one called The Shy Pitbull Pup, also one that I haven’t even named yet that I am working on. Though, I am trying to find tips on inspiration so I can continue it. I’m sure it’s coming out well.

  2. Anonymous

    This is so awesome!!!!!! Love it!

  3. Paul Kelsey

    Yes, we have a lot of spooky stories! Check out The Shadow and Its Face!

  4. L.G.LUO

    I might submit here. Do you take in spooky stories?

  5. Emilia

    Cool website!

  6. Paul Kelsey

    There are not any competitions through Launch Pad, but you’re welcome to submit something for publication on the site, if you’re ages 6-14 and have read the author guidelines.

  7. Paul Kelsey

    We prefer not to publish derivative works or fan fiction, sorry!

  8. Paul Kelsey

    Yes, by email, and we don’t publish anything without prior written permission from a parent/ guardian, so authors and illustrators, and their parent(s) knows in advance it something is going to be published.

  9. Paul Kelsey

    Our works are written and illustrated by kids ages 6-14, and the genres include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews (and, of course, illustrations of any of those genres). Read more about submitting on our Become an Launch Pad Writer page.

  10. Anonymous

    Do we get notified if our stories get put on here? Like by email or something?

  11. Anonymous

    If I have a story that is connected to another author’s story, will I still be allowed to submit it? Like if it was connected to Harry Potter, or Star Wars, or Narnia?

  12. Jenny W.

    How old do you have to be in order to submit a story? And is there a specific genre necessary for submission?

  13. Meghana A.S

    I want to participate in competitions on this website. Are there any???

  14. Anonymous

    I really want to write but I don’t know if my stories are to tragic? Can anyone tell me if they have ever seen a tragic story?

  15. Anonymous

    I have a book written with 10 chapters. Is that too long , too short or the right length? I fear it may be too long.

  16. Kayce P.

    What if you prefer to draw a picture that goes with your own story? Does it have to be fictional (the story)?

  17. Liv

    Do publishing companies ever look on this site and publish people’s stories?

  18. Paul Kelsey

    Hi Jenna,
    You can submit it that way, and see if it gets accepted.

  19. Jenna

    What if you wanted to submit something, didn’t want any illustrations except for your cover, and you wanted to make that?

  20. Paul Kelsey

    Hi Gwen, works longer than 1500 words require too many illustrations to assign to a young illustrator, and they are often too long for our youngest readers. But if you’d like to submit a longer work, it might work as a serial publication (published in parts). Or you could think of a good idea for a shorter story to submit! Thanks for visiting Launch Pad.

  21. gwen

    what if I wanted to submit something, but I only have books longer than 1500 words.

  22. Paul Kelsey

    Emily, There isn’t a specific length we look for in poetry. If a poem is original, fun to read, and well-written, we will like it.

  23. emily

    What about poems? How long should they be?

  24. Nikkie

    What if we forget to add our parent’s email and other stuff like that in our submissions? Do we send you guys another email with the info or do we do something else to fix that. I just sent something and I forgot to add all the information needed.

  25. Paul Kelsey

    Lizzie,
    Please include your age, and an email address of a parent (we do not share email addresses with anyone). Also, please get permission from an adult before submitting. Thank you!

  26. Lizzie

    What other information should we include alongside our submissions?

  27. Paul Kelsey

    Hi Miller, Submissions should be no longer than 1500 words.

  28. Miller

    Is there a word count limit?

  29. Paul Kelsey

    Sophia, we do not charge any fees to publish on Launch Pad- it is completely free to our authors, illustrators, and readers! Thanks for the comment.

  30. Sophia

    Hi. This place looks like really awesome, but I was
    wondering if it’s free to publish and things like that?

  31. Paul Kelsey

    Hi Emma, thanks for looking at Launch Pad. We have steps to write a book review right here: How to Write a Book Review. If you’ve read a book, write a review and email it to [email protected]. You can send the review in the text of the email, or as an attachment. Launch Pad takes care of the formatting and book covers for the book reviews before publishing them on the website. After we receive a review, we’ll also need to send you an agreement for an adult (usually a parent) to sign. We don’t publish everything we get, so make sure your book review is well-written and original before sending it to us.

  32. Emma

    How do u write a review

  33. Emma

    This site is awesome

  34. Paul Kelsey

    Hi ECB, thank you for the question. Launch Pad is free to read, so we cannot pay our young authors and illustrators. The rewards of getting published in Launch Pad include being selected for an award winning online website, and collaborating with another young person for illustrations. We would like to hear from you, but best up luck to you if you decide to pursue somewhere else. We caution against submitting to publications that charge fees for authors and illustrators.

  35. ECB

    Does this magazine pay? I know some do, but I don’t know if this is one of them

  36. Amy

    I am glad I found this site.

  37. Anonymous

    This is awesome

  38. kamia w.

    i would like to submit a story

  39. kamia w.

    i think ur website is cool and i want to submit a story

  40. Elise O.

    I really like “Scout’s Big Adventure.” The illustrations were great and a picture of the story was in my head, and even if the pictures weren’t in story I still loved it.

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