Contest Genre Requirements
High School: Students in 9th-12th grade in a public, private, or home school are eligible to submit.
College: Undergraduate students in a community college or university are eligible to submit.
Short Fiction: Short stories of up to 6,000 words should be submitted in 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced and sequentially numbered pages. 1 short story per person.
Non-fiction: We accept essays of up to 6,000 words in 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced sequentially numbered pages. 1 essay per person.
Poetry/Song Lyrics: You may submit up to three poems or written song lyrics all in the same document. We suggest you submit a selection of poems that represents your full range as a writer. Please format line breaks and titles as you wish them to appear in the publication, and follow the formatting guidelines for fiction and nonfiction works, above. 3 poems or songs per person.
Visual Art: We accept photography; images of traditional artwork such as painting and sculpture; and digital media/mixed media work. Send up to five pieces for consideration. Files must be .jpg or .tiff and they can’t exceed in size. 1 work of per person.
Cartoons/Graphic Stories: Cartoons may be submitted as stand-alone panels, or in comic strip format. Submit up to five cartoons at a time. If non-humorous graphic stories are more your thing, send a story of up to 8 pages in a single file. Files must be jpg or .tiff files and they can’t exceed in size. 1 graphic/cartoon per person.
Serialized Novel: a novel written to be published one chapter at a time. Each chapter cannot exceed 1000 words. Each novel can only be a total of 10 chapters long. One submission per person.