8th Annual High School Writing Contest

Write About Change.

Write About Change. Consider the passage of time and the changes that occur both outside and within. The planet circles the sun; leaves change in autumn; shoes once clean become taped and tattered. These seasons of change can sometimes be literal – pumpkin-spice season, or symbolic – the time you realized everything in your life felt different.

We want your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or essay submissions (1,500 words max). Fifteen finalists will be published in an anthology alongside original artwork and celebrate with friends, family, and fellow authors at a book release party and signing in Downtown Orlando.


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.

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 change themselves!


Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing

Turnover – Change Irreversible

The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!

David Bowie – Changes



Song of Myself” – a poem by Walt Whitman

Change Upon Change” –  a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Metamorphosis” – a novel by Franz Kafka