Write for jaBlog!

The Blog by and for Junior Authors

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you wish to have a piece considered for the July issue, we must receive it by June 15th. We will not be accepting any submissions after June 15, 2016.


Who can submit?

We accept submissions from writers between the ages of 9 and 21.


What happens after you submit?

Each submission that conforms to our submission guidelines is carefully reviewed by our editorial team.

We email all writers about our decision and provide some feedback to writers whose submissions are not going to be published. Often, if a piece is very close to being ready for publication, the writer will be given an opportunity to send in a new draft which we will reconsider.

If we decide to publish your piece, we reserve the right to proofread and edit the title and body of the piece for clarity or length. These minor edits do not require the author’s approval. If major revisions are needed, we will send you the revised piece for approval before publishing.

We do our best to respond within 4 weeks.

Writers who have their work published on jaBlog! receive a coupon for $10 CAD to spend in the LTC store.


What can you submit?

NOTE: We will only consider one piece of writing at a time. Do not send emails with multiple documents attached. Choose your best piece of writing, submit it, and then wait for a response before submitting again. 

We accept the following types of writing:

Original short stories (or stand-alone excerpts from novels) on any subject up to 1,500 words.

Original poems in any style or subject up to 50 lines.

Original scripts up to 1,000 words on any subject (can be a monologue or a stand-alone scene from a larger script).

Short stories and poetry based on the Fiction Prompt of the Month (see below)

Scripts based on the Drama Prompt of the Month (see below)

Articles on any aspect of writing and publishing between 400 – 800 words.

Creative non-fiction on any subject between 400 – 800 words.

Letters to the editor.

NOTE: Before submitting your work, please make sure that it fits the age of our readership and the tone of our publication. 


Book Reviews

We have book review editors who read novels and non-fiction books written by authors under the age of 22. To suggest a book for our editors to review, please email Laura with the following information:

  • title
  • author’s name
  • authors’s age at time of publication
  • information about how to buy the book, including a hyperlink to the sales page


How to Submit Your Work

Please send your complete manuscript as a .doc or .docx file attached to an email to laura@laurathomascommunications.com.

In the subject line of the email indicate that the piece is a submission to jaBlog! and tell us which department your submission is for (eg. prompt of the month, fiction, article, drama prompt, scrip, etc.)

In the body of your email please include a short cover letter which includes the following information:

  • your real name
  • age
  • country
  • title of your piece
  • word count
  • what type of writing your piece is and what department it is for
  • a sentence summarizing the type of writing and the subject matter
  • a short bio about yourself as a writer that we can publish along with your piece if it is accepted


If you like to write to a prompt…

These are our prompts of the month for the July 2016 issue. Deadline to submit a piece for one of our prompts is June 15th. Please follow the submission instructions above and indicate in your cover letter that your are submitting a piece based on one of our prompts of the month.

Fiction Prompt for the July Issue
The theme is “catapult.”
Short Stories no more than 750 words
Poems no more than 20 lines

Drama Prompt for the July Issue
Include the words: waffle, summer, drums, and movies.
Maximum 3 characters
Maximum 30 lines


If you have a question, please email Laura.


189 comments on “Write for jaBlog!

  1. Soha

    Hi Laura,

    If you have already submitted one poem, can you submit more?

    • If you have submitted a poem, you need to wait for my response before you can submit another one.

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