February 1999 Newsletter

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Newsletter # 1, February 14, 1999


First, a great big thank you to our visitors in our first month of operation. The response has been amazing! Remember, visit often as our content is always growing. And don't forget to send some friends.



More Teen Writing Just Published

10 new poems from around the continent!

Over 20 Book Reviews!



New Additions to the Web Site

A Teen Writer's Discussion Web for Teen Writers to share praise for published work and get feedback from each other on works in progress

A Book Talk Discussion Web for teens and teachers alike to share ideas about books they've read.

A Teacher's Discussion

A Netiquette Primer

Coming soon... more activities related to The Pigman posted soon for both Teens and their Teachers



Wanted: Links & Contests

We are currently working on compiling pages of useful links for teens, teachers, and parents. If you know of any good links related to or interesting for teens send them to or if you'd like to recommend a link for teachers or parents, send it on to .

We'd also like to keep our visitors well-informed about contests for teens - especially writing contests. If you know of any contests, please email the information and/or a link. There is also be a form on the contests page specifically for submitting new contest information.

Let's help each other stay connected and take advantage of the many great online resources!



Help Promote TeenLit.com

If you'd like to help spread the word about TeenLit.com, try visiting our promotion page where we've posted postcard art and a teacher letter to be passed on. Just print, copy, and distribute at will. And as always, spread the word online and in person.




Due to the overwhelming traffic on our site, we will no longer be providing email aliases to our published authors. Sorry, it's just way too much. Instead, we'd like readers to give feedback to the authors on the Teen Writer's Discussion. When giving feedback, remember to watch your P's and Q's - meaning offer Praise and Questions to the authors as feedback.



TeenLit.com Mission

To promote teen literacy by providing:

free online publishing of teen writing
teen book reviews
discussions for teen writers, book talk, and teachers
supportive teacher resources
parent information
links to other helpful web sites



Publishing Criteria

Writing that is published on teenlit.com must meet the following criteria:

The writing must be free of inappropriate language and content, as determined by the TeenLit.com staff.
The writing must be organized and present its content to meet a reader's need.



The writing must have no or very few errors in spelling, punctuation, and paragraphing.
The writing must have no or few grammatical errors.



Each author is allowed one posted piece of writing in each writing category (i.e.: poetry, fiction, nonfiction).
A second submission in any category will automatically replace the first.


Any questions about the publishing criteria for TeenLit.com can be sent to



TeenLit.com Policies

User participation is subject to and constitutes agreement to the policies contained herein.

Those under 18 should seek the advice and consent of their parents for participating on TeenLit.com.

Privacy & Confidentiality

TeenLit.com makes every effort to protect the anonymity of its users

TeenLit.com prohibits the publishing of personal information and personal photos.

Signing up for the TeenLit.com mailing list only adds the user to the TeenLit.com mailing list. Requests for removal from the mailing list, addressed to will met as soon as possible.

TeenLit.com does not sell or share mailing lists or other information with any businesses, associations, or individuals.

Content Publishing, Editing, and Rejections

Submission to TeenLit.com constitutes permission for the submitted work to be published on TeenLit.com and accessible on the World Wide Web.

TeenLit.com publishes the work of others in the spirit of mutual cooperation. As such, work is published only if both the user and TeenLit.com agree. Work may be rejected or removed based on the decision of either or both of the said parties.

Email, submissions, discussion boards, and other interactive content will be monitored for editorial purposes. The editors of TeenLit.com reserve the right to edit, remove, or ban any content deemed inappropriate, harmful, or offensive.

Requests for removal of one's content, addressed to , will met as soon as possible.


One purpose of TeenLit.com is for teacher co-founders to investigate its use as researchers.

Should material from TeenLit.com be published in any way (e.g. dissertation, conference presentations, instructional materials, journal articles, etc.), full anonymity will be protected through the use of TeenLit handles as pseudonyms.

Email, submissions, discussion boards, and other interactive content may be monitored for research purposes.

For further information on the research purposes of TeenLit.com, go to TeenLit.com/research.htm .


In its current state, TeenLit.com is completely funded privately by two sponsoring teacher-researchers.

TeenLit.com may be funded in the future through various grants, and, should this be the case, such changes will be noted in these policies.

TeenLit.com does not currently endorse or accept monies from any companies, public or private, in the way of advertising or any other fiscal support.

The links, products, and other content of TeenLit.com do not express or imply the endorsement of TeenLit.com or its associates.



The opinions, products, links, and other content of TeenLit.com do not necessarily reflect the views of TeenLit.com or its associates.

TeenLit.com holds no liability, expressed or implied, for the content contained herein.

For comments, questions, or to change or delete any published work, please email

For comments or questions about the web site or to be removed from this mailing list, please email

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