Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) November 11, 2005

Absynthe Muse (, an international online writing community, has been named runner up in the World Summit Youth Award competition in the Creativity & Culture category, besting over 300 youth-produced websites, and will be represented in Tunisia on November 15-18 during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Absynthe Muse offers young writers ages 13-22 the opportunity to fine-tune their skills and learn from each other, accomplished writers and various other resources, all of which are collected, written, and maintained by other young adult authors.

Founded in January 2005, Absynthe Muse, with a volunteer editorial staff of four all under 20 years old, has grown, according to the Youth Award panel, From a small seed of creativity, [and] has become one of the world’s premiere writing communities for youth. The community takes advantage of the World Wide Web and the open source CMS software Joomla! to offer a safe, free, and educational resource that connects teenagers from the United States, Israel, Germany, Malaysia, Philippines, Panama, and Sweden, among other countries around the world, growing to 500 members and registering over 5,000 hits a day.

Even with young writers gaining more and more success recently the world still has yet to recognize the up-and-coming generation of talented and determined writers. This generation is not lost, but it is still waiting to be found, Stefanie Peters, the Fiction Moderator, remarked. The people Absynthe Muse attracts are young adults, ardent about the craft of writing, and leaders in their communities, a trend that starts with the site staff. Hope Clark, editor of, said, Absynthe Muse and Elisabeth Wilhelm are a dynamic duo [] her mentoring program is sheer magic matching seasoned writers with young wannabes. Simply said, I’m impressed.

The most unique aspect of the site is that Absynthe Muse offers a section dedicated exclusively to youth-led writing initiatives run independently of the main site, called Absynthe Muse Projects, whose organizers receive website resources, coding, and design assistance on a designated sub domain. Current and upcoming Absynthe Muse Projects include the Little Owl Mentoring Program (, Jelly Paint literary magazine (, novelist support group (, and a National Novel Writing Month team (

Absynthe Muse will be showcased at WSIS as one of the worlds best websites for and by young people at the World Summit Youth Award Gala on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005. Elisabeth Wilhelm, the Editor-in-Chief and founder of Absynthe Muse, will be in attendance.