A. A prose and poetry contest for high school writing students. All submissions open November 15th, 2018, and close January 31stth, 2019. Submissions from all high school 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 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. The Mirabella Prose and Poetry Contest will be judged by Camille Dungy, Stanford Graduate and English Faculty professor at Colorado State University, author of four collections of poetry and a debut collections of essays. 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 (Think of how challenging it is to organize 150 + submissions with 40+ titled "untitled")

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. Two Prose or Poetry Entries per student,  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. Email twc@tupelopress.org with any questions.

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 Friday, March 22nd, 2018. during the week of the Virginia Festival of the Book.

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

J. We will again be offering a $500 prize for the winning entry in the High School Contest, as selected by our judge from ten finalists.


Ends on January 31, 2019

Prose submissions must not exceed 1000 words, per submission


A formal cover letter is not needed. Make sure your school and grade are indicated in the cover letter box. These will not be made public. Make sure there is a title on your document!

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


Ends on January 31, 2019

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!

Mirabella Teen Writing Contest