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CONTEST SOURCES FOR YOUTH
Submittable.com is also a great source for perusing around different writing contests. From annual contests to general submissions and publications, Submittable is a place where many journals and literary organizations list their search for unpublished writing of all genres! Once you set up a Submittable account, you’ll even have a neat little dashboard to keep all your submissions in order. No mess = less stress!
SELECT YOUTH CONTESTS
THE NEW YORK TIMES VOCABULARY VIDEO CONTEST
Deadline: January 12, 2022 for writers ages 11 to 19.
Film a 15-second video that displays the meaning of a vocabulary word from a list compiled by The New York Times. For more information on this beloved NYT annual tradition, take a peek at this contest one-pager or visit the Vocabulary Video Contest page. Get inspired by looking at last years winners in this video compilation!
RINGLING COLLEGE “STORYTELLERS OF TOMORROW” WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: January 15th for writers in high school. Submit short stories that are under 2000 words.
The Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Writing Program was created to support, empower, and honor young writers. It’s an exciting time to be a writer thanks to the increasing number of narrative possibilities that new technologies and media offer. We believe that well-told stories can speak truths and communicate ideas in a way that nothing else can. To that end, we’re inviting all high-school-age students to submit unpublished, original English-language stories of up to 2,000 words in length for the 7th Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” Contest. The sole criterion for earning prizes in this contest is simply overall quality, meaning that well-edited, engaging, and evocative stories have the best chance of winning over the judges. Details on the contest guidelines, past winners, and other can be found at: https://www.ringling.edu/writingcontest/.
THE LUMIERE REVIEW
Deadline: January 31, 2022
Judged by poet Luther Hughes and novelist Elaine Hsieh Chou, The Lumiere Review’s 2nd annual writing contest for poetry and prose, which will be open for submissions starting January 1st. Details on the contest guidelines can be found at https://lumierereview.com/contest. Make sure to follow The Lumiere Review on their social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram for contest updates: @lumierereview.
Seventh Annual Narrative High School Writing Contest
Deadline: February 4, 2022, 5:00pm Pacific (8:00pm Eastern), for writers in grades 9-12 internationally.
Judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Jericho Brown, the Seventh Annual Narrative High School Writing Contest is eager to receive YOUR poetry. High school writers should submit their original, unpublished poems inspired by the prompt “BLIND SPOTS” for a chance to win a prize totaling more than $1,000! To get inspired, take a look at last year’s winners. For more information on the contest and how to submit, visit: https://www.narrativemagazine.com/narrative-in-the-schools-program/seventh-annual-contest.
THE NEW YORK TIMES NINTH ANNUAL STUDENT EDITORIAL CONTEST
Deadline: April 13, 2022 for writers aged 13-19 in the United States and United Kingdom. 450 word limit.
The 9th annual New York Times Editorial Contest asks teens to write an opinion piece on an issue that matters to them. Submissions for the contest open March 2, 2022 and close April 13, 2022. Learn more by taking a look at this NYT one-pager or going to the contest page: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/01/learning/our-eighth-annual-student-editorial-contest.html
PRINCIPIA PERSPECTIVES WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: 2022 theme and deadline to be released December 2021.
Principia Perspectives is an annual writing contest that centers around a specific theme each year. Last year, the theme was family. Anything goes as long as the theme is addressed in a thoughtful manner. The contest is open to middle and high schoolers. Prepare for 2022 by viewing last year’s contest details and guidelines at: https://www.principiatutors.com/principia-perspectives-contest.
BOW SEAT’S OCEAN AWARENESS CONTEST
Deadline: June 13, 2022. International contest open to students ages 11-18 who are enrolled in middle school or high school (or the homeschool equivalent) worldwide.
This 11th annual writing contest is centered around a specific theme in regards to environmentalism and climate activism. The 2022 Contest, THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean, and to explore new ways to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. We are looking for innovative pieces that challenge our expectations for what climate change messaging should look like. How can you talk about climate change in a fresh way? How can you capture attention without sacrificing your message? Learn more at http://www.bowseat.org/contest.
PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS
THE ADROIT JOURNAL is run by high school students, college students, and emerging writers. Adroit publishes within “over 21” and “under 21” categories, so your writing will appear alongside great work by writers of any age. Adroit publishes fiction and poetry, and includes art and photography. They will reopen our submission reading period in January 2021. Find them online at: http://www.theadroitjournal.org/
Affinity Magazine works to spotlight teen voices about current events. We find that the media sometimes forgets the voices of teens on many topics! So we are here to give them a voice. Affinity Magazine allows you to get your writing published and read by thousands of people! You can get your work published and sharpen up on your writing so you can write for The New York Times one day (hopefully!!). For ages 13-20. Visit
http://affinitymagazine.us/write-for-us/ for more information on all the different
AGNI is Boston University’s well-respected journal. It appears in both print and online. AGNI submissions are not limited to high school writers, but the journal is known to accept and publish lots of work by new writers. Get published in high school at AGNI and you’ve taken an important step to becoming a writer in the real world! Find them online at: http://www.bu.edu/agni/submit.htm
THE BIG MOOSE PRIZE is Black Lawrence Press’s annual award for new, emerging and established writers. Contest winners will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. The annual submission deadline is January 31. For more details, visit them online at: https://blacklawrencepress.submittable.com/submit/6678/the-big-moose-prize
BLUE MARBLE publishes four times a year and accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, opinion pieces, travel writing, photography and art on a rolling basis. Blue Marble looks for new work from writers ages 13-21 that hasn’t been published anywhere else either online or in print. For more details on how to submit your work, visit https://bluemarblereview.com/submit/.
DIALOGUE HUMANITIES is an online, biannual journal that publishes high quality, humanities-focused essays written by middle and high school students. Essays will be reviewed by a panel of experts in various humanities-based fields and will be chosen based on the strength of the writing, the author’s familiarity with his or her chosen topic, and the appropriateness of the essay’s content. Dialogue Humanities Review aims to include academic essays from a wide variety of fields, including but not limited to: African-American Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Archaeology; Art Criticism, History, and Theory; Classics; Ethics; Ethnic Studies; Folklore; Geography; History; History and Ethics of Science; International Studies; Jurisprudence; Languages and Linguistics; Literature; Music History and Criticism; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Religion and Comparative Religion; Sociology; Social Sciences; Theatre History and Criticism; and Women’s Studies. If selected, authors will be asked to revise their essays to ready it for publication. Please visit http://dialoguehumanitiesreview.org/about/ or contact Jessica Rafferty at email@example.com for more information.
ÉLAN LITERARY MAGAZINE accepts original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, plays, and all kinds of art from students ages 14-18 in locations internationally. Élan produces two online editions a year, one in the Fall/Winter and another in the Spring/Summer. The two editions are combined into a single Print Edition each Summer. For more information on how to submit, visit: https://www.elanlitmag.com/submit.
EMBER only publishes twice a year, but this beautiful and dreamy journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction appeals to all age groups. Although it doesn’t exclusively publish young writers, submissions from writers and artists ages 10 to 18 are strongly encouraged. Submissions open March 1 2022. For more details, visit them online at: http://emberjournal.org/.
GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fourth annual issue. They believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. Girls Right The World ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to firstname.lastname@example.org between September 1 and December 31.
HANGING LOOSE PRESS has had a section of high school writing in their issues since 1968. Hanging Loose has long been known for its special interest in new writers. This press reads manuscripts throughout the year, accepting poetry and prose. For more details on the submission process, visit https://www.hangingloosepress.com/submissions/.
HELLOGIGGLES a positive online community for female-identifying readers (although others are always welcome!) covering the latest in beauty and style, relationships, career and money, culture, identity, and more. Featuring a mix of news, personal essays, reported features, and service, we’re committed to providing our readers with smart, thoughtful, and relatable content representing a range of voices. We were founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer, and Sophia Rossi in 2011 as a place on the Internet to inspire a smile, and years later, we’re still doing just that. for ages 14 and up
HOT DISH MAGAZINE, an online journal serving up a bubbling mixture of poetry and fiction by teens (grades 9–12), wants your voice to be heard! We award cash prizes for fiction, poetry, and the Hot Dish Challenge. Our submission period is October-January. Visit us at www.hotdishmagazine.com.
ICE LOLLY REVIEW: Ice Lolly Review accepts a variety of pieces including, creative nonfiction, fiction, haikus, poems, plays, spoken word, and etc. They are looking for pieces that have a strong, solid voice and aren’t afraid of delving into deep topics. For more details, go to https://www.icelollyreview.com/submissions.
jGIRLS MAGAZINE: jGirls Magazine accepts submissions on an ongoing basis from self-identifying Jewish teenage girls and gender-expansive youth ages 13-19. You can submit articles, essays, fiction, poetry, cultural reviews, humor, photographs, music, videos, artwork and other creative materials. You can submit as often as you’d like. For more details, visit https://jgirlsmagazine.org/submission-guidelines/.
KIDSPIRIT is a nonprofit online magazine and community by and for youth to engage each other about life’s big questions in an open and inclusive spirit. Its mission is to promote mutual understanding among 11- to 17-year-olds of diverse backgrounds and support their development into world citizens with strong inner grounding. KidSpirit is in syndication on the Huffington Post and Spirituality & Practice and has won numerous awards from major educational, parenting, and spiritual organizations. Visit the Get Involved section to learn more about publishing your work, becoming an editor, or facilitating a conversation about one of the 50 themes KidSpirit contributors have explored: https://kidspiritonline.com/get-involved/
THE LUMIERE REVIEW is a literary magazine dedicated to shining the light on all voices through poetry, prose, and art. General submissions are now open. Submissions to the forthcoming Issue 08 of The Lumiere Review in poetry, prose (creative fiction and non-fiction), and all forms of art can be sent to email@example.com. Details on how to submit and format your work can be found at: https://lumierereview.com/submit.
TEEN INK: is one of the most popular and diverse writing spaces to get published in high school. The broad categories for publication reflect the diversity of writing that this lively online magazine celebrates. Some publication categories include: community service, travel and culture, the environment, health, reviews of TV shows and video games, and college essays, among the more traditional poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Visit online at: http://www.teenink.com
POLYPHONY LIT: invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from high school students worldwide. Student editors provide feedback to all submissions, including the ones not accepted for publication. Submissions are open from February 1-28, 2022 and June 1-30, 2022. More details can be found at https://www.polyphonylit.org/.
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