2021 Annual High School Writing Contest

Consider the element of water and all its manifestations.

Water is an essential element, facilitating the survival of nearly all life on Earth. Here in Florida, we are surrounded by water, between the beaches at our coasts or the rain that falls nearly every day of summer. The life-giving qualities of water are also invoked in certain rituals and traditions; water can allow you to take your mundane morning shower or undergo a spiritual renewal.

We want your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or essays (1,500 words max). Rough drafts welcome. Fifteen finalists will be published in a printed anthology book alongside original artwork and celebrate with friends, family, and fellow authors at a book release party and signing.


Inspiration for Page 15's High School Writing Contest

If you’re having trouble feeling inspired, check out some artists and writers who have reflected on *WATER*


Page 15 YouTube Playlist: WATER

SHORT STORIES   *Content warning: Includes reference to sexual assault

3 Stories That Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Water


Water by Wendell Berry

Water is taught by thirst by Emily Dickinson

The Rainy Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

DOCUMENTARY (Available only through Amazon Prime Video)


Frequently Asked Questions about Page 15's High School Writing Contest

Q: What file type should I use to submit my work?
A: We recommend submissions be a .docx, .doc, or PDF file

Q: Is there a format I need to use?
A: This isn’t school! It is not necessary to format your submission in any specific way.

Q: What kind of language can I use?
A: At Page 15 we promote genuine writing, so feel free to submit language that expresses you best. This does NOT include hate speech or any derogatory language.

Q: When is the submission deadline?
A: The submission deadline is January 31st at 11:59 p.m.

Q: When and how will the winners be announced?
A: The winner’s names will be posted online on February 7th. Winners will also receive an email to attend creative writing and editing workshops to refine their submission before publication.

Q: Will I receive a copy of the published book?
A: If you are chosen to be published you will receive one free copy of the published book. Additional copies can be purchased at the book release party in April 2020, and online after that.

Q: I’m a teacher, may I submit on behalf of my student?
A: YES! Please submit the student’s information (name, grade, etc.) on each submission.

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