YALLWEST 2017 Teen Writing Contest

Author Stephen King once said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” It is undoubted that many of the best Young Adult authors got their start writing because they were stirred by the work of others.

If you love to write, and want the opportunity for your literary heroes to read what you create, then you should enter the YALLWest Teen Writing Competition!

Here’s the info:

  • Write a scene or story where two totally different people form an unexpected connection. Diverse points of views and stories that shed a light upon the reality of all members of our society are a key component of Young Adult literature—YALL MEANS ALL!

  • Your entry should be 1-3 pages long, in 12 point, Times New Roman font. Short stories should be double-spaced and poems should be single-spaced.

  • There will be two winners in the two divisions, Middle Grade (grades 6-8) and Upper Grade (grades 9-12)

  • We are accepting entries from April 10th to April 20th.

  • Finalists' writing will be judged by a panel of YALLWEST authors and Teen Ambassadors!

  • We will be announcing the winner at the Smackdown at the end of the day on Saturday. If you cannot attend, no worries—we’ll notify you by email.

  • Submit your writing to writingcontest@yallwest.com. Include your Name, Grade, and if we have permission to read some of your writing to the audience at the Smackdown on April 29th. 

Get started on your entry—we look forward to reading your submissions and hope to see you at this year’s YALLWest!