Poetry & Short Fiction Contest

Hello! You might have seen the announcement for our new poetry and short fiction contest.

Any young writer between the ages of 11 and 23 can enter this contest. The contest submission period ends at 11:59 PM EDT on May 15, 2017.


The prizes are:

  • First Place: 50% discounted admission to our 2017 conference in Chicago AND publication in an e-book anthology!
  • Second Place: 35% discounted admission to our 2017 conference in Chicago AND publication in an e-book anthology!
  • Third Place: 20% discounted admission to our 2017 conference in Chicago AND publication in an e-book anthology!
  • Honorable Mention: publication in an e-book anthology!

The rules for entering are:

  1. This contest is open to writers who will be between the ages of eleven and twenty-three at the conclusion of the contest submission period (May 15, 2017).
  2. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT on May 15, 2017 to be considered for a prize.
  3. Each writer may enter up to three short stories and three poems. In the short fiction category, however, only one short story per entrant can receive a prize. (If we are considering more than one of your short stories for a prize, the higher ranking one will receive its prize, thus eliminating the lower ranking one from the competition.) More than one poem may receive a prize, but only one of your poems can place in the top three. (You may have one poem place in the top three and one or both of your remaining poems place in the honorable mentions.)
  4. Three winners–first, second, and third place–will be chosen for each category, as well as an unspecified number of honorable mentions. (We will choose honorable mentions based on merit, not a quota.) First through third place winners will receive discounted admission (as detailed above) and publication in the contest’s e-book anthology. Honorable mentions will receive publication in the contest’s e-book anthology.
  5. Short fiction submissions should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
  6. Poetry submissions should be no longer than 1 page, single spaced.
  7. We’d prefer submissions to be in standard formatting: Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced for fiction and single-spaced for poetry. Please do not include any personal information in the short story or poetry document itself. [We’ll be a little flexible, but don’t bring out any wild fonts.]

A panel of Ch1Con team members will judge the contest. The judges are:


  • Ariel Kalati: Ariel is a student at Sarah Lawrence College, studying creative writing and literature. She was previously published in A Celebration of Poets and won the the Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Essay Contest. She is a former literary agent intern and loves poetry.
  • Emma Ryan: Emma is a freshman in college, studying creative writing, and likewise loves poetry.

Short Fiction

  • Allison Mulder: Allison is a recent graduate of Northwestern College, where she majored in Writing & Rhetoric with a minor in Literature. She copy edited both the campus literary magazine and newspaper. Her short fiction has been published in a number of anthologies and literary magazines.
  • Julia Byers: Julia is an editorial intern at Scholastic and a member of the Columbia Publishing Course UK class of 2016. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied Creative Writing & Literature and Global Media Studies. She received Highest Honors on her creative writing honors thesis (a collection of short stories), as well as a Hopwood Award and the Arthur Miller Award. She is a former literary agent intern and studied literature abroad at St Peter’s College, Oxford University.

To enter, fill out the submission form linked below by 11:59 PM EDT on May 15!


If you have any questions, feel free to comment below, contact us at one of our social media accounts, or email us at chapteroneconference@gmail.com!

Since the contest will be judged by a panel of Ch1Con team members, we promise to be as objective and… good-judge-y… as possible. This means this will be a blind judgment process. (None of the judges will know who any of the contestants are while judging the submissions.)

Good luck to all of you! Submit away!