Young Writers Competition 2019

Accepting submissions through March 1, 2019

2019 Competition Guidelines (PDF) - High School
2019 Competition Guidelines (PDF) - Middle School



Seedlings Chapbook [PDF]
Winning 2018 entries




First-prize winners of the Young Writers Competition 2017:

High School FictionOwen Knight ("Cuban/Smoked"), Forest Charter
He points to the smokey, crumpled mess of a Cuban in his mouth, chewed till it was flat, like a clarinet’s filament. You’d think he was playing it too, when he blew and the end turned orange. He coughed after doing this, though. An old man’s cough, raspy and water-logged, though not so much water as it was blood from the crispy membranes of his lung. 
High School PoetryAnjali Figueria ("Fluffiness"), Forest Charter
Once you strip him of those walls, He is bare, his raw, and he is sadly impure.Once you strip him of those walls, He is bare, his raw, and he is sadly impure.
Middle School FictionNatalie Trogdon ("Kelly Fredericks"), Home School
Mom is going to kill me when she hears about this. I can already predict our conversation:
Mom: Kelly, I got a call from the principal. I’m very disappointed in you for stealing a kid’s lunch money. 
A girl of your age should know better!
Middle School NonfictionRachel Trogdon ("Searching for Home"), Home School
But that night, lying on a mattress on the floor of my room, I cried myself to sleep. 
Because even though I had only been here a few hours, I was already lonely. 
I knew it would take time to make new friends, and I knew my old friendships would never be the same.
Middle School Poetry, Mary Rose Athas "Valentine"), Home School.
Carrying box
Putting it
Under pillow
Dreamy eyes
Distracted replies
Distant thoughts
                “Who sent?”

Free writing workshop with author Kim Culbertson during the Sierra Writer's Conference on January 21st at Sierra College in Grass Valley. 
Bring pen and paper or your laptop and join Kim for some writing prompts and writing tips.
She'll even help you develop a short entry to submit for the Sierra Writer's Young Writers Competition. Join Kim from 2.15 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. in the room N8-112.
Hope to see you there!
If interested, please fill in the contact form and specify in the Comment section whether High School or Middle School and the categories in which you will submit your writing. Your submission(s) by March 1, 2017 to will complete your application to this competition!

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