Monday, March 8, 2010

High School and Undergrad Writing Contests

Everyone starts somewhere, and here are two good opportunities for young writers:

For college undergraduates:

From Jason Schwartzman, editor:

Spires Intercollegiate Arts & Literary Magazine at Washington University in St. Louis is now accepting submissions of poetry, prose, and artwork for the Spring 2010 issue! On behalf of the Spires staff I encourage you to submit your creations to our publication. We've been in print since 1995, putting out a magazine every semester, and we're proud of what we do, but we couldn't function if it weren't for the talent and work of creative students here and abroad.

Should you like to heed our call and submit, please send your writing in word document form or your artwork as .tif images in email attachments to: Subject: Spring 2010 Submission. Message body: Name, year, school.

The deadline for submissions is FRIDAY, APRIL 2nd. The only limits on submissions are that prose may be no longer than 15 pages double spaced, and we only accept submissions from undergraduate students. We are very eager to review your work and we look forward to hearing from you!


For 11th grade students:

Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Prize

The Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Prize. Eligibility is limited to students in the eleventh grade during the 2009-10 academic year. Applicants may submit up to three poems with name, address, email address, telephone number and name of high school on each poem. The jury will consist of members of the Princeton University Creative Writing faculty.

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $100

Submissions must be postmarked by March 29, 2010, and addressed to:
Milberg '53 Poetry Contest
Princeton University
Lewis Center for the Arts
Program in Creative Writing
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08544

Due to the volume of entries, only winners will be notified. The results will be posted on the Princeton University Program in Creative Writing website in May 2010. Please note: Submissions will not be returned.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.