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 We do not publish all submissions.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.

70 comments on “Become a Launch Pad Writer!
  1. Zack says:

    I have a question, can I still get it published in another thing too?

  2. Hayden says:

    how do you publish stories?

  3. Editor says:

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

  4. Anonymous says:

    How do we get your submission form. Do we have to email you our stories or what ?

  5. sach says:

    Can I send adventurous story like of aliens?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Do you publish our work in real soft-cover/hard-cover books?

  7. L G LUO says:

    Cool. I might submit here. do you take spooky stories or stories that have already been published?

  8. L.G.LUO says:

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

  9. Manon Miquel says:

    what do I do if I forgot to include a parent’s email??

  10. Chantal Ramirez says:

    Will you notice my work that I send?

  11. Emilia says:

    Cool website!

  12. Tenley says:

    Is there a limit to how long my story can be? Because, I am working on a story called The Sea Stone, and it will most likely be 100+ pages.

  13. Ms. Swatek says:

    I am a teacher/club sponsor for my school’s Creative Writing Club, and I would like to submit some of my members’ work. Can I submit it using my email, so I can keep track of which of my members have submitted work, and which piece of work they are submitting?

  14. Paul Kelsey says:

    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.

  15. Paul Kelsey says:

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

  16. Paul Kelsey says:

    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.

  17. Paul Kelsey says:

    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.

  18. Anonymous says:

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

  19. Anonymous says:

    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?

  20. Jenny W. says:

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

  21. Meghana A.S says:

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

  22. Anonymous says:

    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?

  23. Anonymous says:

    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.

  24. Kayce P. says:

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

  25. Liv says:

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

  26. Paul Kelsey says:

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

  27. Jenna says:

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

  28. Paul Kelsey says:

    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.

  29. gwen says:

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

  30. Paul Kelsey says:

    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.

  31. emily says:

    What about poems? How long should they be?

  32. Paul Kelsey says:

    Nikkie, If we want to accept your work, we will get back to you and ask for the information we need- as long as long as we have an email address. You can also send the information to [email protected] to update your submission.

  33. Nikkie says:

    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.

  34. Paul Kelsey says:

    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!

  35. Lizzie says:

    What other information should we include alongside our submissions?

  36. Paul Kelsey says:

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

  37. Miller says:

    Is there a word count limit?

  38. Paul Kelsey says:

    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.

  39. Sophia says:

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

  40. Paul Kelsey says:

    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.

  41. Emma says:

    How do u write a review

  42. Emma says:

    This site is awesome

  43. Paul Kelsey says:

    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.

  44. ECB says:

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

  45. Amy says:

    I am glad I found this site.

  46. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome

  47. Paul Kelsey says:

    Kamia, you can submit a story by emailing it to [email protected]. Good luck!

  48. kamia w. says:

    i would like to submit a story

  49. kamia w. says:

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

  50. Elise O. says:

    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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