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About Launch Pad

Illustration by Gracie, Age 14, for “The Case of the Stolen Computers” by Sammie Armentor, Age 8.5, New Iberia, Louisiana

Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! selectively publishes the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and art by young authors and illustrators ages 6 – 14. Written works accepted for publication are assigned to young artists to illustrate, resulting in unique and creative publications. Launch Pad welcomes submissions of original stories, poems, and book reviews that have not previously been published. Young artists are encouraged to submit samples of artwork to be considered as illustrators. Launch Pad is an open access publication, and does not charge any submission or publication fees. Launch Pad has been publishing the works of talented young authors and artists, from the United States and internationally, since 2007, and has been recognized with the American Library Association Scholastic Publishing Award.

Published works appear in high quality pdf format on the Launch Pad website. Future plans include publishing a “best of” monograph that will selectively feature works of Launch Pad authors and illustrators. Book publishers who may be interested in collaborating on a monograph should contact the Editor in Chief at [email protected] .

More information is available on the Submit Writing, Submit Artwork, and FAQ pages.  Questions regarding the submissions and publications process can be sent to the Editor at [email protected] .


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  1. Diane L.

    I am a middle school language arts teacher interested in helping advanced student writers get their work online and in youth-focused magazines. Is there a contact person I could speak with to see if Launch Pad is a good fit for my students and me?

    Thank you,
    Diane L.

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