Can Young Writers Get Published?

Q: I’m 13 years old. Will this make it harder or easier to find an agent or publisher? -Michael

Wow. You’re getting an early start, aren’t you, Michael!

Right now, you don’t need to worry about getting an agent at all. I’m assuming that you’re sending your stories to magazines that ask for creative work from teenagers, and none of those require that you have an agent to submit.

If you’re not submitting to these types of magazines (like Cicada), I suggest you start there first not only to build up some experience working with an editor but also to compile a portfolio of published work. It’s this experience that will help you get your foot in the door at bigger magazines (and eventually book publishers), regardless of your age.

Best of luck!

Lauren Mosko, Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market Editor
Writer’s Digest Books