Having a child’s work published reinforces his or her self-esteem and creativity. The availability of the Internet offers a chance for young people’s work to be shared with grandparents, schoolmates and it can even be used as part of their college application package. It isn’t difficult to get work published as there are a variety of places that publish children’s work, but be sure to read carefully the submission rules. Remember that some places might charge for publishing a work as does KidsPub. However, most of the publishers listed in this article run stories, art, photographs, and even video creations without cost.
Before you submit any work, check out what has been published and make sure private information is not given. Using initials on a piece of work instead of a full name can save others from harvesting this data. Also carefully proofread the material. Don’t just rely on a spell checker. Finally, submit the work on the software program suggested by the publisher.
Since some sites feature a work for only a short period of time, check it daily and print your child’s work as soon as it runs, for later use. Ask the publisher if they will notify you when it does run. If you submit written work, don’t expect it to be returned.
Teachers should also take into account these websites and suggest them to parents. The educator must make sure that they have the parent’s approval before doing so and also ensure that the administration knows of it.
For seniors in high school, the Apprentice Writer is worth checking out. It is important to make sure your child’s work qualifies first by visiting the website. www.susqu.edu/writers/apprentice.htm. Apprentice Writer is a print publication featuring student writing and art. The site is sponsored by Susquehanna University and is regional in focus. You may submit fiction, poetry, drama, essay and photography by mail to Gary Fincke, Writers Institute Director, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164.
Cyberkids and its Creative Works program publish original work submitted from kids 7 to 12 years of age. Possible submissions include art, writing, games/puzzles and multimedia entries. www.cyberkids.com/we/.
Cyberteens is a zine that accepts creative submissions from students 19 or younger. The work can be poetry, art, non-fiction and more. Contact the site before submitting an article for more details. www.cyberteens.com/ab/co/.
KidLit offers students through high school the opportunity to see their work in print. All submissions must be in electronic form, either by email or in a PC-compatible format. They consider any literary or artistic work for their site. The owners even offer youth the opportunity to write book and story reviews. mgfx.com/kidlit/.
Australian based Kids’Art and its Worldwide Gallery accepts submissions from children. It is an interesting site with artwork from around the world displayed. www.theartgallery.com.au/kidsart/submit/.
Alan Haskvitz teaches at Suzanne Middle School in Walnut, Calif., and makes staff development presentations nationwide. In addition, he serves as an audio-visual evaluator and design consultant for his county department of education; a tutor to multi-cultural students in English and art; and an Internet consultant.
Haskvitz's career spans more than 20 years. He has taught every grade level and core subject, has been recognized repeatedly for innovative teaching and has received the following honors, among many:
USA Today All Star Teacher
100 Most Influential Educators
Reader's Digest Hero in Education
Learning Magazine's Professional Best
National Middle Level Teacher of the Year
National Exemplary Teacher
Christa McAuliffe National Award
Robert Cherry International Award for Great Teachers
In addition, Haskvitz publishes articles on successful educational practices and speaks at conferences. He has served on seven national committees and boards.
Haskvitz maintains credentials and training in special and gifted education, history, administration, bilingual education, journalism, English, social studies, art, business, computers, museumology and Asian studies. He holds these credentials for Canada, New York and California. His experience also includes staff development, gifted curriculum design, administration, community relations and motivation. His background includes 10 years of university education.
As a teacher, Haskvitz's curriculum increased CAP/CLAS test scores from the 22nd percentile to the 94th percentile, the largest gain in California history. In addition, Haskvitz and his students work continuously to improve their school and community. His students' work is often selected for awards in competitions in several subject areas. For more details about Alan and his students' work, visit his page on the Educational Cyber Playground.