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. Middle School submissions are judged by Proal Heartwell contest founder. 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. You must 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.  Other prizes will be announced in January.


Ends on January 15, 2018
Submissions may not be longer than 1000 words.
Ends on January 15, 2018
Ends on January 15, 2018
Prose pieces of 1,000 words or less are accepted.
Ends on January 15, 2018

Poetry submissions must not exceed two single spaced pages, per poem

A formal cover letter is not needed. Make sure your school and grade are indicated. These will not be made public.

Please contact us at twc@tupelopress.org with any questions!