Links to websites for teenage readers and writers

Links for teenage readers

Inside A Dog is an Australian website where teenagers can talk about books, read and write book reviews, read author interviews and blogs, download podcasts and win books. This is also the place to go if you want to vote in the Inkys, Australia's Teenage Choice Book Awards.

YARR-A contains reviews written by Australian high school students and their teachers. It specialises in YA (Young Adult) verse novels, recent releases and books shortlisted for awards.

Teen Reads is an enormous US site with reviews, recommended books, author biographies, interviews, a newsletter and useful information about how to start your own YA book club.

QueerYA is an LGBTQ (that's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) book review blog, written by Daisy Porter, librarian and reader. For more teen LGBTQ reads, see That GayYA Thing at Memoranda.

Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists is a great blog with lots of YA book reviews and themed book lists.

Bookshelves of Doom is full of book news and book reviews. It's not specifically YA, but still includes lots of discussion of books for teenagers. See also The Backlist by the same blogger, featuring older books.

The Children's Book Council of Australia website has information about Book Week and the CBCA Book Awards, plus lots of literature links.

Read Plus Review Blog is an Australian blog with short reviews of children's and YA books, as well as literature news and resources for teachers.

The Guardian's Teen Books site is full of competitions, interviews, book reviews and discussions.

YA Authors Cafe has interviews with the authors of YA books, plus lots of links to author blogs.

Book Browse has book reviews and book excerpts in its Teenage and Young Adult section.

The YA Blogosphere is a huge list of YA blogs from around the world.

Links for teenage writers

Wordbox posts on the Inside a Dog blog give details of writing competitions, workshops and literary events for school-aged Australians.

Teen Ink is a US website, print magazine and series of books, featuring writing by teenagers. Here you'll find non-fiction, short stories, poems, book reviews, celebrity interviews, writing contests and lots of links for teenagers interested in writing.

Voiceworks is a 'national quarterly magazine that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians' providing 'a unique opportunity for people under twenty-five to publish their poetry, short stories, articles, comics, illustrations, drawings and photos'.

Spine Out is an Australian 'online magazine . . . for Young Adults (YA’s) to express their ideas and thoughts and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music'.

Rookie Magazine has lots of articles for teenage writers, including Seven Tips for Writing, How to Write a Novel, Ten Rules for Writers, Write of Passage, On ‘Putting Yourself Out There’ and How To Start a Blog.

Ian Irvine's website has some entertaining and informative articles for anyone interested in becoming a professional writer.

Richard Harland's Writing Tips is a very detailed and informative on-line writing guide, of particular interest for fantasy writers.

Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers, by Kathy Kennedy and Dennis G. Jerz, is full of helpful hints for writing short stories.

Justine Larbalestier's blog has lots of useful posts about writing, including writing advice and a writing FAQ.

Hey, Teenager of the Year! is the blog of Steph Bowe, whose first novel was published in 2010 when she was a teenager. Her blog has lots of discussion about writing.

The NSW Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia runs an annual mentorship competition for young writers and for unpublished writers of children's and YA literature. It also organises other writing activities.