How to Enter, i.e. the Rules

Download these rules.

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The competition drones will disqualify you if you break these rules.




Entry Period: November 1 through December 30 . We're not joking, guys. That's the deadline. Don't wait until the last minute!

Entry Fee: None. No kidding. It's free.

Entry Language: English. Any flavor of English is okay.

Eligibility: This contest is open to students worldwide, attending public, private, or home schools, between the ages of 11 and 18. 

Divisions and Categories: Please note the word length restrictions.

Junior Division (Ages 11 - 14)

Senior Division (Ages 15 - 18)

Story (Fiction)

  • Maximum length: 1000 words
  • All genres may be entered.

Story (Fiction)

  • Maximum length: 1500 words
  • All genres may be entered.


  • Maximum length: 25 lines
  • All themes and forms may be entered.


  • Maximum length: 35 lines
  • All themes and forms may be entered.


  • Maximum length: 1000 words
  • All themes and forms may be entered.


  • Maximum length: 1500 words
  • All themes and forms may be entered.

Entry Limit: One entry per category in your age division.  but you may only enter one work per category.

Permission Form: All entrants are required to provide proof of parental/guardian approval of their entry. Gotta have this, guys. Legal stuff and all.

Download the permission form. Print it. Read it! There's info on the rights you are handing over. Important practice for when you get your first contract.

  • This form must be signed by the entrant and the entrant's parent or guardian.
  • Scan the signed form and save in a picture format (.jpg, .png) or PDF using the following format for the filename: Division-Entrant's name.pdf.
    • For the division, use S for Senior, and J for Junior.
    • The entrant's name should match what's on the entry form.
    • Naming your file correctly will enable the competition drones to match your permission form to your entry.

ExampleSusie Student will enter the Senior division. After she and her parent or guardian sign the permission form, the form should be scanned and saved as a jpg file, named S-SusieStudent.jpg.

  • Upload the file as directed on the entry form.

Formatting guidelines:

Entries must be in a format which is easy to read and easy to open. Fancy fonts, formatting, or colors are no match for the power of your words. Let your words do the talkin'. 

When you become a professional writer, you'll have to follow publishers' format requirements. Here are ours: 

  • 12-point Times New Roman font;
  • black letters on white background;
  • 1 inch margins;
  • left-justified;
  • no graphics, please. No comic strips, illustrations, etc.;
  • saved as a Word document (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (RTF);
  • filename in the format: [Division]-[category]-title-[your name].doc (or .docx or .rtf).
    • For Division, use S for Senior and J for Junior; for category use S for Story; P for Poetry; N for Nonfiction.

Example: Angus Author is entering his short story, My Dog Ozzy, in the Junior Division. He is saving it as an RTF file. His document will be named: J-S-MyDogOzzy-AngusAuthor.rtf.

Please note: Sexually explicit, plagiarized, or libelous content will be rejected. So keep it clean, don't steal it, and don't tell ugly lies about somebody else. Got it?

Write it in English, keep it clean, and stick to the word length limits. Upload your entry and your permission form on the entry form. Easy, huh?

Before you start to fill out the entry form, you'll need some information:

Your contact information: Your street address, zip code/postal code, so we can ship prizes if you win. This should be a street address, rather than a post office box, unless you only receive packages through the post office.

School contact information: name of contact (teacher or librarian), email address, mailing address, and phone number.

Your bio: Provide a brief biography. Give this a little thought before you start. What would you like to tell people about yourself? Don't be too specific about your school or where you live, but tell us what jazzes you: books, sports, music, whatever. You can include your thoughts on how eBooks have changed your reading experience. Have eBooks impacted your life? If you're a winner, this information will be included in the New Voices Anthology.

Click here to go to the entry form.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the competition drones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Before emailing the drones, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You will probably find your answer there.

Good luck!