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The "publishYOUth" Prize for Poetry & Prose


After much demand, we are excited to announce our first ever writing contest: the "publishYOUth" Prize for Poetry & Prose! This international contest is for youth writers under 26 years old, and we will be accepting poetry and prose under no specific theme! We seek submissions that are captivating, genuine, and full of young writing potential.

Submissions are accepted from June 1st to August 1st, 2021, 11:59pm PST. We will choose three winners for both poetry and prose. They will each receive international publication on our website (if they so choose), a personalized list of publications to submit to, winners certificates, and more! We will notify winners and finalists by September. 


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Thanks for submitting!


You may submit one prose piece or up to 3 poems as a single attachment. You may submit once in both categories.


  • Poetry: Original poetry in all forms and styles written in English. Each individual entry may contain 1-3 poems in a single document, and no individual poem should be longer than two pages.

  • Prose: Submissions can consist of original fiction in all forms (short stories, novel chapters) or nonfiction in many forms (creative essays, memoirs, opinion pieces) written in English. Prose entries should not exceed 2,000 words.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Do let us know if an unpublished piece has been accepted elsewhere. We also accept previously published work as long as you have the rights to them (and that you provide us with details on which publication to credit).


Do not include any identifying information on the document (including name, contact information, biographies, etc.). Please avoid profanity and/or explicit content as our audience is for youth writers. Hateful language or content will not be tolerated.

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