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Write On! Youth Fiction and Poetry Prizes
Ten years ago, I held the first Write On! Summer Writing Camp for young writers. In the years since:
- Summer Writing Camp has expanded to two summer weekends with sessions in both the morning and afternoon.
- I now also offer a Winter Writing Camp.
- Dozens of students are enrolled in my yearlong Guided Mentorship program.
- I have been honored to teach hundreds of young writers.
Many of my students have gone on to publish their work and win writing contests; many have become editors for their high school newspapers and literary magazines; some have even gone on to study Creative Writing and Journalism in college! I am so proud of every single one of the young writers I have had the privilege to meet and teach in the past decade. All these years, one thing has remained the same: my belief in the magic of unleashing your creativity through writing.
In celebration of the 10th Annual Summer Writing Camp—held this year in Ventura, California, on August 15, 16, 19, and 20—I am holding the first ever Write On! Youth Fiction and Poetry Prizes for young writers ages 18 and under. You can win prize money, books, a free coaching call with me… and you might even become a published writer! Read below for the rules and submission procedures. I can’t wait to read your work!
Prizes in all categories are:
- First place: $50, a free 30-minute coaching call with Dallas, a signed copy of Dallas’s book of short stories 3 a.m., and publication of your work on Word Smorgasbord online literary magazine
- Second place: $25, a signed copy of 3 a.m., and publication of your work
- Third place: a signed copy of 3 a.m. and publication of your work
- Finalists: publication of your work
This contest is for young writers ages 18 and under.
This contest is judged BLIND, which means no identifying information should be on your entry. You will submit your name, age and contact information through the submission form. If your name is included on your entry, it will be disqualified.
Word limit: fiction should be 1,000 words or less. Poetry should be 2 pages or less.
There is a $10 entry fee for each piece, or you can submit 3 entries for $25. This helps fund the prizes and the administration costs of Submittable. You also have the option to purchase a copy of Dancing With The Pen II: a collection of today’s best youth writing at the special discounted price of $15, rather than its cover price of $25.
You may submit as many entries as you would like, as long as you pay the entry fee for each piece you submit.
The contest deadline is midnight Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, August 20, 2017 (the final day of this year’s Summer Writing Camp).