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The Next Generation, 2021-2022:
The Adult's Edition

Submission deadline: June 1st 2022

Who is eligible?

Anyone 18+ who wasn't featured in any of the Middle School, High School, or College books for this year's contest. United States residents only. 

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.


FREE and limited to ONE submission per prompt. There are 4 Poetry and 4 Short Story prompts to choose from. 

Please use the submission form below to submit your work for consideration. 

Please make sure your poems & stories are print ready when submitted.

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, Scared, "Wheel" 

2. Limerick, Happy, "Sea" 

3. Rhyme, Angry, "Candy" 

4. Sonnet, Any Emotion, "Lemon"


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

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. Horror, 1st Person, "Butter" (1 paragraph)

2. Romance, 3rd Person, "Tulip" (300-500 words) 

3. Sci-Fi, 1st Person, "Hair" (500-750 words) 

4. Mystery, 3rd Person, "Recycle" (750-1,000 words)

Release Waiver

By filling out the below form, you are granting Behind the Vision, LLC permission to publish your submitted poems and/or short stories if chosen as winners. We will notify you if you've been chosen at the email you provide below. 

By signing this release, you are verifying that you are the sole owner of the copyright of the submitted work and have the authority to give Behind the Vision, LLC permission to publish the submitted work. You verify that you have not plagiarized existing material and that the submitted work is your own. You grant Behind the Vision, LLC the right to publish your submitted work in any and all formats and in all editions, for the life of those editions. 

*You only need to fill out a release form once if submitting multiple poems and/or short stories. We will not consider your work for publication unless we have a signed waiver on file. 

Thanks for submitting!

Submit your work here!

*If you have any issues with the submission form, you can email your submissions to - please make sure to include all the below information if you do, thanks!

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Comprehensive Revisions & Feedback Request
We will provide in-depth revision recommendations, our opinion on the strengths and areas of improvement within the story, and any other feedback we have about your writing.