Friday, February 1st, 2013


Contest Guidelines

Writers, ages 13-19, are welcome to submit once in each category, but must complete a separate form for each entry.  Deadline for submission is March 1st, 2013. All submissions must be written in English and submitted with the completed form (below).  There is no fee for participation.  All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

In all divisions your work should attempt to:

Show day to day life.

Show family relations and friendships.

Show outside forces at work (ie. weather, government/politics, social pressures, etc.)

Avoid stereotypes and generalizations.  Dig beneath the surface to explore common humanity and universal themes.

Fiction Division:

Submit an original unpublished short story of 800-1000 words in the voice of a character from another country or culture.

Poetry Division:

Submit one to three poems totaling no more than 100 lines in the voice of a character from another country or culture.

Nonfiction Division:

Write an 800-1000 word essay about a social, political, environmental, or familial challenge faced by individuals within a cultural group, or a personal experience with another culture.


First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories.

First place winners will receive $50.

Second  place winners will receive $25.

Third place winners will receive $10.

All winners will be published in DoveTales Literary journal, a publication of Writing for Peace.

The author will retain copyright of the literary work with the understanding that Writing for Peace may publish the work online with a printed option, or republish at a later date in a printed anthology.

2013 Young Writers Contest

Please read our contest guidelines carefully before submitting your entry. Personal contact information is for interoffice use and not for publication.

Source: writingforpeace.org


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