Mirabella Teen Writing Contest

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


A. A prose and poetry contest for middle and high school writing students. All submissions open November 1st, 2017, and close January 15th, 2018. Submissions from all students in the city of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and adjacent counties are eligible to be presented at the Mirabella Prose & Poetry Contest during the week of the  Virginia Festival of the Book. 

B. All submissions must be made through the Submittable portal. This is a volunteer-run contest, and paper submissions cannot be accommodated. Help is available for middle school teachers by email at twc@tupelopress.org. 

C. Each submission must include (1) the writer’s name; (2) the name of the school or home school; (3) the teacher’s name and parent/guardian’s name* and email; and (4) the school or home phone number, in the Cover Letter section, not in the body of the submission. 

D. High School Submissions are judged (blind) by Professor Paul Guest, faculty at the UVA Creative Writing MFA program. Please be sure no identifying information (no name) is in your document. Your submission(s) will all be linked to the information on your submission form. Do include a title on all submitted work. Untitled is acceptable.

E. Written work must be Poetry or Prose on any topic. Prose may not exceed 1,000 words. Poetry may not exceed two single-spaced pages

F. One Prose or Poetry Entry per student, and will be eligible for the Mirabella Poetry & Prose Contest, and for publication in the Crossroads VI anthology.

G. Open only to students in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and adjacent counties.

H. Winning entries will be invited to read at the Mirabella Poetry & Prose Celebration, to be held at Saint Anne's Belfield, Charlottesville at 7:00 PM on March 22nd, 2018. during the week of the Virginia Festival of the Book.

I. Submissions from High School students only are eligible to be published in the Crossroads V anthology of teen writing. All rights to all written work from all teen students remain with the author.

J. Thanks to generous support from Saint Anne's Belfield, we will again be offering a $500 prize for the winning entry in the High School Contest, as selected by Professor Paul Guest. We will be offering a $50 prize for  Other prizes will be announced in November.