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Dear High-Stepping Daughters and Sons of the Word Road,

You are cordially invited to attend a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference, May 26-28. Now in our seventeenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

OUR 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AWARD-WINNING POET AND ESSAYIST NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, is the author of more than 30 volumes, including 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle EastA Maze Me; Red Suitcase; Words under the Words; Fuel; You & Yours; Mint Snowball; Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places; I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are you Okay?; Habibi; and Going, Going.  In addition to receiving numerous fellowships and awards, Naomi’s work has been presented on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. She was featured in two PBS poetry specials, and has appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Naomi refers to herself as a "wandering poet."

The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 24 is fast approaching and the blue lights are flashing. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please visit our website: http://www.champlain.edu/write

Very Best,

Jim Ellefson & Lesley Wright, Co-Directors
(802) 865-8456

December 1st Deadline: Arisia BIOPUNK Theme Writing Contest

Arisia 2017 is calling for original science fiction or fantasy works of fiction for its annual Student Writing Contest!

  • Entries are FREE. Writers retain ALL rights to their works --we only wish to encourage, celebrate, and recognize the talented young writers throughout the Northeast. 
  • All entries must be original works of fiction by students or young adults currently enrolled in high school or equivalent, between 13 and 18 years of age. No college students, please.
  • Short stories must be 1000 to 3000 words long.
  • Entries must meet the submission format guidelines below: 


  1. Double-spaced, 12 point font 
  2. In the upper left corner, type your real name, your email address or a teacher’s email address, your school and teacher's name, and an approximate word count.
  3. Submissions should be made in doc, odf, or pdf formats.
  4. Entries should be submitted via email to writingcontest@arisia.org with the subject line: 
  5. For more information, please e-mail us at writingcontest@arisia.org.
  6. Deadline for submission: December 1

Winners will be contacted via email on or before January 1. 

Prizes will be awarded to exceptional stories, including cash prizes that total $800, and free memberships to attend Arisia 2017. The school attended by our first-prize winner will receive a matching prize! Prizes will be awarded at our annual Arisia convention on Sunday evening, January 15th, 2017, during the Arisia Masquerade. 

Past winners can be found HERE.



Letters about Literature Contest: Grades 7&8 Deadline January 9th, 2017/Grades 9 to 12 Deadline December 2nd, 2016

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest. For more information, go to the Library of Congress site.