Welcome to the WriteGirl Clubhouse. A place only for YOU. Get your work out there! Submit your writing for publication and scholarship opportunities.

Every other year, WriteGirl publishes an anthology of mentee writing from the previous two years, and we want to make sure that your work makes it into the 2017 book! Please submit your work by the due date: Friday, March24 2017 at 9:00pm.

The theme for this anthology is MUSIC, so you might want to incorporate musical details into your submissions. For instance, you could mention the soft jazz playing in the background of the restaurant, or the old guitar you once found in your garage, or any of the music that has become the soundtrack to your life. Your submissions don’t have to be music-related, but we’d love to encourage you to include the theme in some way.



Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Write an essay in response to the following two quotations from the great poet and essayist Henry David Thoreau. CONTEST PAGE WITH MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

“Let me say to you and to myself in one breath, Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil. Regard not your past failures nor successes. All the past is equally a failure and a success; it is a success in as much as it offers you the present opportunity.” —Journal, after 16 July 1850

“Old trees are our parents, and our parents’ parents, perchance. If you would learn the secrets of Nature, you must practice more humanity than others.” —Journal, 23 October 1855

  • Guidelines: 750 maximum, for writers ages 14-21
  • Awards: $250 + an autographed special edition of Walden to the winner of each age group 
  • Deadline: March 15, 2017

Imagine’s Creative Minds Fiction Contest

Submit your fiction writing to the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. CONTEST PAGE WITH MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

  • Guidelines: 1,000 word max. 2 stories max. 
  • Awards: The first-place winner will be published in the May/June 2017 issue of Imagine. Second- and third-place winners will be excerpted in print and published in full online. All winners will receive copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • Deadline: March 16, 2017, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.


Fantasy / Horror / SciFi Short Story Contest

The theme is "A Hidden, Underlying Truth." You can use the theme literally, metaphorically, however you'd like! But your interpretation of the theme must be integral to the story. All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror genres.The contest starts January 1 and ends March 31. There is no fee to enter and all entrants will be notified of the results by June 15th.  CONTEST PAGE WITH MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

  • Guidelines: Unpublished work only. 3500 words max, no minimum. All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror genres.
  • Awards: First place receives $200 and publication in the 2017 Confluence program book. Second place receives $100. Third place receives $50.
  • Deadline: March 31, 2017


Best New Writing — Accepting Submissions

Best New Writing accepts unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words for publication and consideration for the Gover Story Prize ($250). The story must be new and unpublished, including on-line publication. Submissions are read quarterly following the last day of March, June, September, and December. You will receive a response within two weeks of those dates. CONTEST PAGE WITH MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

  • Guidelines: New, unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words
  • Awards: Gover Story Prize ($250)
  • Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30

EVENTS and ongoing submissions

  • A great list of writing contests, year-round

  • Literary Happenings in LA — Your one stop for all the most exciting literary events in the LA area.

  • LA Times High School Insider — Students post their stories on LATimes.com to report on the issues that matter to them. Join a network of more than 100 local schools, attend conferences and reach thousands with their reporting. If you're interested in getting involved send an email to Kyle.Finck@latimes.com.

  • “Dispatches from High School” —SheKnows Media is working on a video series called Hatch, featuring issues affection Generation Z as told by kids and teens. They're latest Hatch program is "Dispatches from High School." They're looking for raw and honest content about what's affecting teens. Share your unique perspective of the issues affecting you. Learn more about how to be a part of this project by emailing Community Programs Director, Jordan Boswell: Jordan.Boswell [at] sheknows.com.



The New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights

Submit your best one-act play (one per playwright!) to the New Voices competition and you can potentially win cash, software from our fabulous sponsors Final Draft and Great Dialogue, and even publication! SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

  • Guidelines: Plays must be unpublished, non-musical one-acts between 10-40 minutes in length. Plays must have two or more characters, and large and/or flexible casts (with relatively more female roles) are encouraged. 
  • Awards: The Winner will receive $200 and publication by YouthPLAYS, as well as free copies of Final Draft and Great Dialogue software. The Runner-Up will receive $50, as well as free copies of Final Draft and Great Dialogue software. 
  • Deadline: May 1, 2017