The teen poetry online revolution


As someone who was once a teen on the internet and who regularly contributed to magazines like Teen!Ink, I can tell you that writing and sharing poetry online has always been a pretty decent outlet for unleashing teenage angst. Allison Flood over at the Guardian seems to think so, too, as she wrote an article about the recent success of websites like Movella and Wattpad among young writers. Even the traditional publishing industry is taking notice: a One Direction fanfiction writer at Movella, 16 year old Emily Baker, recently got a contact from Penguin to write a series of YA romance novels.

While obviously the idea of sharing poetry online isn’t new — you only have to look through the archives of DeviantArt to know that — by putting an emphasis on publishing work, Movellas and Wattpad are tapping into the same entrepreneurial spirit that sites like Youtube do in cultivating the creation of new content.

Movellas is already there: the site has just announced a poetry competition in conjunction with Macmillan Children’s Books, in which the 25 winners will see their poems included in an ebook anthology from Macmillan this June. The site is likely to be flooded with entries. As the article says:

“We all know how hard it is nowadays to get published in book form,” says Lambert. “Movellas offers you that chance to be published, no matter what your level of experience. It is a place for people who want to share their work and develop at the same time. Accessibility is key. Especially among the younger generation. With the internet, publishing is easier than ever before. You don’t have to wait months to hear back from a publisher, or worry about constant rejections, which can be off-putting. Instead you can load your piece onto Movellas and know that people will read it within days. This makes writing online very attractive to young writers.”

Check out the rest here, as well as an interview with one of the more prolific teens on Movella, Ollie Lambert.