June 2021 – Contest Schedule & Publication Updates

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, we are all working safely from home, and production continues on all our contests and publications. Our staff and families include high-risk individuals and we are taking all possible precautions; therefore, our office has been temporarily closed since March 15th and will remain closed until it is safer to return to work. However, work continues! Our phone will not be answered during this time, however letter mail and faxes sent to our office will still be collected and processed.

Current Printing & Editing Schedule

Open Ages Poetry 2019: The Winds of Change

Adult Creative Writing 2019: Voyages Through Time


These books are finally headed to the printers at the end of June and all orders will be shipped in July. Prize winners have been notified and the Winners’ List will be posted online by June 15th. Prizes will be mailed at the end of June.

Young Writers Poetry 2019-2020: Seashells and Sandcastles (ages 5-12) & Where Rivers Meet (ages 13-18)


These books are still being typeset; we will begin sending out proof sheets in early July. The anticipated publication date was May, however they will now be printed in September and all orders shipped at that time. We sincerely apologize that we were unable to complete and ship these books before the end of the school year. Any necessary changes in address or shipping requirements will be made to accommodate each order.

Young Writers Creative Writing 2020: The Raven’s Riddles (ages 5-12) & Looking to the Stars (ages 13-18)


These books are in the early stages of editing and proofing. Many orders are still being processed as well. Proof sheets will be sent out in August. We plan to have these books published in late October/early November.

Young Writers Poetry 2021: *Titles to be announced

The submission deadline for this contest has been extended to June 30, 2021. Initial contest results for the entries we have received will be mailed to schools and individuals by the end of June.

Upcoming Contests

Our upcoming contest schedules have changed due to the delays in the current books. Our upcoming contests are as follows:

Open Ages Poetry & Adult Creative Writing 2021: Submission deadline is August 31, 2021.

Young Writers Creative Writing Contest 2022: Submission deadline is March 31, 2022

Updated contest forms will be uploaded to the website soon. Please be sure to include your full name, age, and mailing address on your entries. Your age lets us determine the correct contest and prize category for your entry; your age is only printed in the books if you are 17 years of age or younger.

Please note: because we are still finishing up the 2019 Open Ages Poetry & Adult Creative Writing anthologies, there will not be 2020 Open Ages Poetry & Adult Creative Writing contests. All entries received for 2020 will be held until this August and submitted into the 2021 contests.

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