We are now accepting submissions for Volume XI: 2021! The deadline is DECEMBER 31ST, 2020, but we HIGHLY encourage you to submit early! Please follow these steps carefully.

All current high school students in the state of Maryland are eligible to submit.

Watch this short video from our team members for an overview of the process!

In these steps, “your/yours” refers to the high school student.

Step 1. Verify that the manuscript is creative nonfiction and is under 3000 words. The six pillars of creative nonfiction that will be used in reviewing your submission are listed below. A full explanation is outlined here.

-Story is entertaining, with strong literary elements (including a beginning, middle, and end)

-Story is true

-Story is timely and timeless

-Story has an apparent and deeper subject

-Story pays careful attention to craft

-Story includes the author, who reflects on the subject

Step 2. Ensure that the manuscript is in Google Docs (preferred) or Microsoft Word, Times New Roman typeface, size 12, double spaced. Do NOT include page numbers and identifying information (author’s name, teacher’s name, grade, etc. The ONLY exceptions are those within the body of the story).

Step 3. Download the Volume XI submission form and complete it in full. NOTE: the “adviser” is a teacher, club sponsor, coach, etc. FROM YOUR SCHOOL. Type directly into the document or copy/photograph/scan the completed form.

Step 4. Students: in an email, attach your story and completed submission form. Address the email to the regional director that is responsible for your county, the list is here. CC the adviser’s email.

Step 5. Send the email! In order to verify the originality of the work, ask your adviser to reply all to the email and confirm that the attached writing piece is the student’s original work and is a representative sample of the writing completed for class/previous writing. We cannot consider your piece for publication without this.

We look forward to reviewing the submissions! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here.

Remember: the deadline is DECEMBER 31st, 2020!