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The Next Generation, 2022-2023:
Middle School & High School

Who is eligible?

Any current Middle School and High School students. United States only. 


All submitted work must be original. Any poems and stories that contain hateful and discriminatory language and/or themes will not be considered.

Poetry Prompts

Each prompt has a Poetry Style, Emotional Theme, and Subject that must either be the topic of the poem or directly quoted. You MUST meet all three of these requirements for your poem to be eligible. 

1.Haiku, Any Emotion, "Oak" 

2. Rhyme, Happy, "Law" 

3. Sonnet, Angry, "Finish" 

4. Limerick, Any Emotion, "Power"


FREE and limited to THREE total, which you can use however you like. There are 3 Poetry and 3 Short Story prompts to choose from.

Please use the submission form below to submit your work for consideration. We recommend attaching a Word document, but you're welcome to Copy & Paste in the text box. 

Release Form

When submitting your work for consideration, please also include a signed copy of the release form below, which MUST have a parent's signature to be valid. We will not consider your work for publication without a signed released form. 

You only have to provide a release form once if you're submitting your 3 poems/stories separately. 

Short Story Prompts

Each prompt has a Genre, Perspective, Subject that must either be the topic of the story or directly quoted, and a Word Count range. You MUST meet all four of these requirements for your story to be eligible. 

1. Romance, 3rd Person, "Light" 

2. Horror, 1st Person, "Tongue" 

3. Fantasy, 3rd Person, "Moon"

4. Any Genre, 1st Person, "Faith"

Proposed Revisions

Due to an anticipated high volume of submissions, we will not be able to provide detailed editing recommendations to the chosen winners. Please submit your work PRINT READY in case you are chosen as a winner. 

If you would like detailed revision suggestions and feedback from our judges, we would be happy to take the extra time to do an in-depth review of your work for a $10.00 fee, which is an option to choose on the submission form. 

Our analysis will include revisions, areas that we thought were strong and areas we thought could be improved with some proposed suggestions, commentary on the narrative (stories) and flow, amongst other things. 

The Prize

Winners will have their work published in a book specific to their state. If there aren't enough quality submissions in a given state to justify a state-specific book, those winning submissions will be featured in a National Edition which covers authors from across the country.

Middle Schoolers will be featured in a Middle School-specific book and High Schoolers will be featured in a High School-specific book. 

Submission form & Release form will be available on September 1st 2022