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Our January Contest is Open for Submissions!

Creative Writing Contest | January | Creative Non-Fiction

Our monthly writing contests are geared toward creating fun, competitive opportunities for young writers to expand their writing experiences and dip their toe into what this industry offers. We charge nothing for our contests, so there's nothing to lose! Please review the requirements below before submitting. Our judges are eager to read your work!

The month of January's theme is Non-Fiction. Which means we are challenging you to work within the medium of creative non-fiction, a form which uses artistic narrative as poetry or prose to tell true stories. Examples of creative non-fiction would include, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S. Thompson, "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, "Arctic Dreams" by Barry Lopez, and "Everything Sad is Untrue" by Daniel Nayeri. In short, such all submissions for this contest, whatever form they may take, must carry some degree of truth. It can be a personal story, or historical account, just as long as it is not totally made up. We are looking for you to tell your truth. 

What does the winner receive?

  • Publication in our latest issue of The YEW Journal

  • Promotion on the home page of The YEW Journal website

  • Promotion in our monthly journal newsletter

Contest Judges:

  • Vern Holland | Editor-in-Chief

  • Atticus Hogan | YEW Editor

  • Jessica Stiehm | YEW Editor


  • Writers must be between the ages of 13 and 25.

  • Work must be creative non-fiction.

  • Submissions must be sent using the Google Form at the button below.

  • Work must use legible, 12-point font (ex. Ariel, Times New Roman, Helvetica).

  • For this month, we accept prose and poetry, so long as it's creative non-fiction!

    • FOR PROSE: Submit no more than 1,000 words.​

    • FOR POETRY: Submit no more than 2 poems, no more than 100 lines altogether.


Our fantasy contest is open January 1st to January 24th, 2022. Submissions sent after January 24th will not be accepted.​

When is the winner announced?

Writers will receive an email by February 1st with the contest results.

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