Call for Submissions: Young Voices of America Speak

25 Feb
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Young Voices Of America Speak of Heroes Among Us Contest Now Open
See Details and Rules Below
Category 1 – Grades 7th – 12th

$75.00  First Place
$25.00  Second Place
$10.00 Third Place
Category 2 – Grades 3rd – 6th

$75.00  First Place
$25.00  Second Place
$10.00 Third Place

Category 3 – Grades PreK – 2nd

$15.00 First Place
$10.00 Second Place
$5.00 Third Place

Young Voices of America Speak of Heroes Among Us

Students in Grades K-12 are invited to participate.
Accepting Submissions Jan 15, 2013 – February 28, 2013
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation Count

Follow ALL the rules for submitting your work.
In every contest we have to disqualify a very large number of very good entries because the writer didn’t follow the rules for submitting his or her work. Don’t let that happen to you.

Young Voices of America Contest Rules

Remember to send your very best work. Have it proofread by someone skilled at writing. Errors can cost you a win.
  • Entries must be original and previously unpublished and include a hero among us, real or fiction.
  • We are seeking fiction and nonfiction short stories, NOT essays. Short stories have a plot, characters, and dialogue as well as a sense of time and place.
  • Give your story a title. We receive hundreds of entries and having a title on your entry helps us identify it.
  • Proofread your work. Proofread it again. Have a teacher or parent proofread it one more time. Send only your best work.
  • Parents of very young writers may transcribe (type) the story for their child. Technical ability must be consistent with grade level. Obvious re-writing by an adult will result in disqualification. Proof reading is not only OK, it’s encouraged. See above.
  • In the upper LEFT corner of PAGE 1 you must include name of author, age and grade level and category (Category 1 = Grades 7-12, Category 2 = Grades 3-6, Category 3 = PreK-2), name of parent or guardian, complete address including street number and name, city, state and zip code, telephone number, and email. We have to be able to contact winners.
  • No Fancy Fonts – No Fancy Formatting – No Colored Text – No Pictures – No Text Boxes. This is a writing contest. We want to see your story written in a normal readable font. Times New Roman 12 is a good choice.
  • Entries containing profanity, violent and/or sexually explicit material are not considered appropriate for this contest and will not be considered.
  • Entries MUST be written in English.
  • Multiple Submissions are  NOT allowed. One story per person.
  • Please: Send your entry via email to
  • Entries MUST be received by midnight, February 28, 2013
  • Entries WILL NOT be returned. It is important that you maintain a copy for your files.
  • Winners will be announced and prizes awarded 30 – 45 days of close of the contest. Information about the awards will be made public on the Young Voices Foundation Website.
  • Decision of the judges is final.

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