Submission Guidelines

Writer Qualifications

  • High school students from anywhere in the world are eligible to submit.

  • Works must be written in English.

  • Submit a maximum of three pieces across the three genres.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions and work that has been published elsewhere. When you submit the work on Submissions Manager, you must note if the work was previously published. If it is accepted elsewhere after you submit to us, you must notify us immediately. In this case, if we accept it for publication, we will acknowledge the site of the original publication.

  • Pieces that have been published elsewhere are not eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Young Writers.

Length

  • Poetry with up to 80 lines is eligible.

  • Fiction and creative non-fiction must be 1,800 words or less, double-spaced.

  • Submissions that exceed limits will not be accepted.

Formatting​

  • Do not put your name on the piece, as all work is blind juried.

  • Prose submissions (Creative Nonfiction and Fiction) longer than one page should have the page number inserted at the top (right or left side) of every page, as it helps our readers and editors specify the location for their commentary.

  • Poetry should be formatted flush left unless another format, such as centering, is an integral part of the piece's meaning.

  • We prefer common conventions:

    • Color: Black & white

    • Font Size: 12 pt throughout, including titles

    • Font Type: Times or Times New Roman

    • Margins: 1-inch at the top and bottom, and 1.25 inch at the left and right. One space after periods. There should be no extra returns after paragraphs unless you have a meaningful reason for the extra space.

Using Submission Manager

  • Please upload submissions through Submissions Manager. We do not accept email submissions or hard copies via mail.

  • Upload only one piece per submission file; to submit more than one piece, make more than one submission file.

  • If you submit a revision of a piece that has already been returned to you, type the abbreviation (REV), in parentheses, after the title you enter.​

  • There is no fee to submit.

"I was pretty much expecting
to be rejected when I submitted
my essay on a whim, but the comments are actually a huge boost of confidence. The thoughtful, detailed, and constructive edits I was given helped immensely."

— Sandra C.