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Welcome to New Voices!

The 2014 New Voices Young Writers Competition is open for entries! Read the rules for all the info!

We congratulate the winners of the 2013 New Voices Young Writers competition. Their work is included in the New Voices 2013 anthology. Scroll down for the full list of this year's talented young writers.

 New Voices 2013Cover courtesy of Sheri L. McGathy.


Download a New Voices Young Writers brochure  which you can print and distribute at will.

The 2013 New Voices Anthology is now available for download, as are the anthologies for all previous years. Click on the New Voices Anthology link in the menu.

"Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating" ~ Emma Coats of Pixar

"You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be very different." ~ Emma Coats of Pixar

"If you need a character, look to the next table and they walk into your book. ~ Marisha Pessl (Said while sitting in a Deli in NYC).

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” ~ E.L. Doctorow


"Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action." ~ Kurt Vonnegut

    "Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for." ~ Kurt Vonnegut

 "Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water." ~ Kurt Vonnegut

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” ~ Jane Austen


Grand Prize Winners

Junior Division Reading, Almost (Essay) Darcy C. New Jersey, USA
Senior Division The Tiniest Branch (Poetry)  Emily G. North Carolina, USA

Junior Division


First Place My Heroes Don't Wear Capes McKayla M. Virginia, USA
Second Place Spring Has Sprung Kassidy C. Kentucky, USA
Third Place Being One Half Darcy C. New Jersey, USA
Award of Excellence Dementia Tiffany S. Victoria, Australia
Honorable Mention Not in the In-Crowd Emiliana W. Virginia, USA
Judges' Award Dreams Sajal G. Texas, USA
  The Magic of the Moment Austen K. Texas, USA

Short Story

First Place Hope Kyra J. North Carolina, USA
Second Place Stars of Hope Katherine W. Virginia, USA
Third Place Chain Letter Grace G. New York, USA
Award of Excellence Letting Go Pheby Liu Ohio, USA
Honorable Mention The Tale of a Neglected Crayon Abbie M. Pennsylviania, USA
Judges' Award How Stonehenge Came to Be Neehar B. Minnesota, USA


First Place Reading, Almost Darcy C. New Jersey, USA
Second Place The Red Rose Zoe Z. Alabama, USA
Third Place Education is Too Important... Tiffany S. Victoria, Australia
Award of Excellence The Truth About Teddy Claire K. New York, USA
Honorable Mention Behind the Door Maxwell B. Arizona, USA
Judges' Award Living Vicariously Jacques G, Jr. Louisiana, USA

Senior Division


First Place The Tiniest Branch Emily G. North Carolina, USA
Second Place Geometry Messiah B. Florida, USA
Third Place In Me Devika C. California, USA
Award of Excellence Nocturne Nicole K. Georgia, USA
Honorable Mention Ideal Worlds, Dream Worlds Andreea I. Bucharest, Romania
Judges' Award Grief Erica L. New York, USA
  The Audition: An Inner Monologue Katelyn D. New York, USA

 Short Story

First Place The Wrong Step Steven H. British Columbia, Canada
Second Place It Was Only a Matter of Time Taylor K. New York, USA
Third Place The Last Letter Adefila M. Georgia, USA
Award of Excellence Trust in Me Danielle F. Alberta, Canada
Honorable Mention Wings Steph H. Montana, USA
Judges' Award True Connection Meghan R. Washington, USA


First Place Radical Education Brendan D. Tennessee, USA
Second Place New Beginnings Vanessa B. Maryland, USA
Third Place Surfing vs. Life Lucy R. California, USA
Award of Excellence My Special Downs Steph H. Montana, USA
Honorable Mention Plastic, It's Fantasic? Sara P. Kansas, USA
Judges' Award 7th Period Calculus Jiha M. New York, USA


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