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This contest is open to only high school student writers (ages 14-18) from around the world, in all genres of creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for young adults & children, & hybrid work. Students in Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA Program in Writing & Publishing will judge submissions and choose an overall winner, as well as a finalist in each genre. The winner will receive $100 and online publication, and the finalists' names will be listed online. 

Our goal with this prize is to foster the next generation of creative writers, and to encourage young people to make their voices heard. We look forward to reading your best work. 

We accept, per entry: 

  • One short story of up to 5,000 words
  • One essay of up to 5,000 words
  • One document with up to 3 poems included 
  • One piece of writing for children of up to 5,000 words 

You may enter multiple submissions, but please limit to one entry per genre category.