Writing Teacher Resources

The primary age range for our services is 9 through 21.


“Today I saw how Polly Wants to be a Writer connected with a student who is desperately crying out for acceptance and understanding.” – Tybie, Gifted Education Helping Teacher

READ: What Laura Thomas Does for Young Writers

Junior Authors Contest 2014

Annual Junior Authors Short Story Contest – FREE to Enter!
Runs January to June 30th every year. Students write a short story on any theme of no more than 1,000 words. Past winning stories are online and can be used as a teaching resource with permission. Judging criteria is listed on the rules page. NOTE: We do not accept bulk submissions. Each student must submit via the online entry form. Please make sure that your students follow the entry rules and submission guidelines or their stories will not be judged. Learn More

Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest – FREE to Enter!
Runs July 1st to December 15th every year. Students write a poem of no more than 50 lines on any subject and in any style. Feedback option is available for a small fee. Judging criteria is listed on the rules page. Learn More

Polly Wants to Be a Writer

The 5-star novel and writing guide that affirms, encourages and equips young writers to succeed.

Polly Wants to Be a Writer
The YA novel Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published was designed with the classroom in mind. If you are teaching fiction writing to your students, this book is a must-have. It will satisfy both your fiction reading and writing component. Learn More

Annual Polly Prize for Creative Writing
Every year a prize of $250 is given to a young writer for achievement in creative writing. Please encourage your students to apply. The deadline is September 30th and only LTC Insider+ Members qualify to enter. Learn More

LTC Insider+ Memberships
For your really keen students. This individual-based membership allows young writers to participate in our weekly writing challenges and enter some of the extra contests like the Polly Prize and the NaNoWriMo prize. Funds raised by this membership (a one-time fee of $29 CAD) help us keep our major writing contests and jaBlog! free to enter and use. This is not a class or group membership. Each student must be under the age of 22 and sign up individually. Learn More

Polly Step-by-Step Writing Workbooks 
Polly Wants to Be a Writer Writing Workbooks are available in our store. These are interactive PDF files for download and printing. Learn More

jaBlog! The Blog By and For Young Writers
Our young writers blog is run like an e-zine. It has articles on the art and craft of writing, short stories and poetry written by young writers, interviews with authors, and much more. Encourage your students to browse the article index and to submit something. We welcome beginners. Learn More

Laura Thomas Comm You Tube Channel
This is an ongoing project for us, but stay tuned for videos that will help your students write better fiction and non-fiction. Click here to view our channel. If there is a specific topic that you would like Laura to cover in a 5 – 10 minutes video, please email her.

Author Visits
Laura does a limited number of educational, large group or small group workshop, author visits each year. Learn More

Ask Laura
Our website also has pages with writing tips and prompts and a free help page where students can post writing questions and receive assistance at no charge. Laura usually responds within 24 hours. Learn More

Registration is now open.

Registration is now open.

Junior Authors Writers Conferences
These are one-day conferences with multiple workshops taught by industry professionals on the art and craft of writing. The JA writing conferences are unique in that they cater only to young writers between the ages of 9 and 21. Meals are included, as is a parent workshop at the end of the day. The conferences take place in various cities each year. They are ticketed events, though we strive to keep the cost affordable and offer financial assistance scholarships to a handful of students. If you have a group that wishes to attend, please get in touch. Learn More


We truly appreciate the work that you do as a classroom teacher or home school teacher. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them below or email laura@laurathomascommunications.com



4 comments on “Writing Teacher Resources

  1. Bella rivard

    I was wondering if I would just send the document of the story through email or if I print the story and mail it

    Thanks reply soon

  2. Angela Malmberg

    Hi Laura,

    Do you ever do story writing workshops in Delta anymore? My 11 yr old daughter is interested.


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