Community Outreach

The UVU Community Writing Center (CWC), located at the Orem Public Library is a FREE resource provided to Utah Valley.

We aim to service the civic and professional needs of writers throughout Utah Valley with face-to-face coaching, composition workshops, handouts, and generalized writing practice. Writing coaches are available to assist with any part of the writing process.

The CWC is home to the Write Outside Yourself Journal and a co-host for the UVU Conference on Writing for Social Change.

Write Outside Yourself Journal

Write Outside Yourself Journal

2017-2018 Theme: Tales Throughout Time

The UVU University & Community Writing Centers are accepting submissions for Vol. V of Write Outside Yourself. Student writers in Utah junior high/middle or high schools may submit original works of writing for a chance to be guided through the publishing process, published in a print and online journal, and recognized at a celebration in June 2018.

Authors whose stories are accepted will receive a copy of the journal and are eligible to receive additional honors celebrating the merit of their newly-published works.

DEADLINE: January 19th, 2018

This year, the UVU Writing Center is calling for “Tales Throughout Time,” stories and poetry that explore or reinvent different eras in history or that present possible futures.

Whether they take place in 2245 A.D., 1776 A.D., or 10,000 B.C., stories from other times can show where we have been, where we might have been, and where we might be going. 

Your characters may survive in the caves of the prehistoric era, live among the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, travel across the sea on the ships of Vikings, defend castles in medieval times, be witness to the fall of Rome, ride horses through the Wild West, or sign the Declaration of Independence. Or perhaps you want to look to the future and the destiny of humankind.

Stories and poems can feature original characters or figures from the past and/or present. They can be fantasy, historical, science-fiction, realistic, or anything in between, as long as the time period is clear and distinct.

Note: Fanfiction or pieces featuring fictional characters from other published works will not be considered for publication. 

Looking for Inspiration?

Visit the Roots of Knowledge display at UVU for inspiration and glimpses into different periods in time, from prehistory through the Renaissance and on to the future.


Submission Guidelines

  • Authors must be middle/junior high or high school students and live in Utah
  • Submissions must be original, fan fiction is not allowed (no Harry Potter or Edward Cullen spin-offs)
  • Content must be appropriate for a young adult audience
  • Submissions cannot exceed 15 typed, double-spaced pages
  • Entries must fit within the contest theme
  • Work must be submitted online by the due date

DEADLINE: Entries are due at 11:59 p.m. on January 19th, 2018.

Submissions will be judged in a double-blind reading by a panel of writing center staff, and notice of publication will be emailed on February 2nd, 2018.


Note to Authors

If your work is selected for publication, you must attend at least one revision session (via phone, Skype, or face-to-face) with a Writing Center tutor. We offer an optional second revision session, The Story Exchange, where you can meet with other authors, exchange stories, and provide/receive feedback. Finally, we will ask you to submit a finalized draft of the entry for typesetting and publication.

These revision sessions help assure that we print the best version of your submission. Failure to attend the mandatory revision session will result in your entry being removed from the published journal. Additional details will be provided to each author in the notice of publication.

Schedule TBD 


Contest Timeline

Like writing, publishing is a process. The following timeline will be used for the 2017-18 publication:

Nov. 7, 2017   

Workshop Series announced

Jan. 19, 2018

Submissions due @ 11:59 p.m.

Feb. 2, 2018

Notice of Publication emailed

Calendar will be updated with additional information throughout the Contest Timeline. 


Write Outside Yourself Submission Form

Journal Archive

Print copies of the Write Outside Yourself Journal are available for check-out at the Utah Valley University Library. Authors may search for their volume by their name, entry title, or journal title. Access to the electronic copies are provided below: