, owned by Harper Collins, is fast becoming a place where new, teen writers can share their work. Any kind of writing from poems and short stories to complete novels are accepted. Their work can get feedback from a large community and be recognized for possible publication by the big houses and/or representation by literary agents.

Cool stuff. was brought to my attention in this article from the Kansas City Star by Chuck Furlong (sorry I could not find a good link for Mr. Furlong): 

In a Barnes & Noble café, Evelyn Burdette gently rests her hands on her polka dot laptop case and says, "This is my best friend in the entire world."

It could also be her big break as a writer.

The 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., author is making a splash on, a new website for young adult literature that’s a shortcut on the traditional route to publishing for writers like her.

Burdette tried that traditional route last year, self-publishing fantasy novels about half-vampire, half-witch twins. But when that didn’t get her very far (the books sell on for about $13), she jumped on the Inkpop bandwagon.

Inkpop allows young writers to share their work with a larger community. The site’s users can upload any kind of writing, from short poems to long novels, while other users can read and offer suggestions for improvement.

Burdette has already put excerpts from three new books on Inkpop. The first two were popular with Inkpop readers. Her third, which she uploaded in July, is climbing in the site’s rankings. And that’s a good thing because Inkpop’s owner, HarperCollins, keeps a close eye out for potentially publishable titles.

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