Write Outside Yourself
Utah Valley Young Adult Story Writing Contest
The Utah Valley University Community Writing Center is pleased to announce an exciting summer opportunity for the high school and jr. high/middle school writers in our community: The "Write Outside Yourself" Young Adult Story Writing Contest & Workshop Series. Participation in the contest and workshop series is free of charge.
This contest is an opportunity for young writers in Utah Valley to be published in both an online and print publication. All stories that meet the submission guidelines will be published online. These guidelines include:
- Author is a middle school or high school student in Utah Valley
- Fiction or nonfiction story is original (no fan fiction)
- Story does not exceed 15 double-spaced pages
- Content is appropriate to a young adult audience
- Story is submitted online by 11:59 on August 10
The print publication will consist of ten stories chosen by a panel of judges through a double-blind reading. The author of these stories will also be invited to read an excerpt from their story at a celebration on September 6th (location to be announced).
While workshop attendance is not required to participate in the contest, it is highly suggested. Workshops will be led by CWC writing coaches and UVU creative writing students. The workshop series will consist of three sessions offered at various times throughout the summer (see schedule below). One focus of the workshops is to provide young writers with instruction on three important aspects of storytelling: plot, character, and setting. In addition to the instruction provided, workshop participants will also be given time to respond to writing prompts and, most importantly, receive quality feedback from experienced creative writers familiar with the workshopping process.
After attending the workshop, contestants are invited to meet with CWC writing coaches if they would like further help with their stories.
Students wishing to participate in the contest must fill out the registration form below and send/deliver it to the UVU Writing Center or Community Writing Center.
Workshops will be offered on the following dates:
July 30-Aug 1
Each workshop will run from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Writing Center (Library 208) at Utah Valley University (800 W University Parkway).