Teens who write contest

Let's face it. There are spaces for us women to have our voice heard. However, teen girls don't always have those same opportunities. Here at The Writers' Lounge, we want to pay it forward by providing a space for teen girls to share their inspirational stories, poetry, and even fiction stories that take us into new worlds. We want teen girls to know their voice matters.

That's why for the month of March, we're featuring the written work of teen girls from all over the United States. Every Friday, we'll share a personal essay, flash fiction story or collection of poetry by young female writers.

This year's theme is "We Matter" and is open to interpretation. 


We'd like for girls ages 16-19 to create and submit a personal essay, flash fiction story, or a collection of three poems for this year's contest. All work must be original and unpublished. 

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Only one submission per applicant is allowed. 

Five young girls will have their work featured on this site. Winners will be notified by Friday, February 16, 2018. Please be ready to submit a head shot if chosen and a short bio of 100 words or less. All pictures should be taken against a solid colored background and be at least 300 dpi to ensure the image is clear. 


Teens who write contest giveaway

All applicants will be entered into the Teens Who Write Contest Giveaway. One lucky participant will win:

The winner will be notified by March 1, 2018. 


Frequently asked questions

Q: How long should my personal essay or flash fiction piece be?

A: All personal essays should be 500-1000 words. Flash fiction pieces should be 1000-2000 words in length. 

Q: How many poems do I submit?

A: Applicants who want to submit poetry must submit three original poems. 

Q: When will I know if my work is selected?

A: All applicants will know by February 16, 2018 if their work is selected to be posted on this site's creative writing blog. 

Q: I have some additional questions. Who can I contact?

A: You can contact JaQuette Gilbert using the contact form here



Name *
Copy + paste your submission in the box below.
I ceritify that I am a female between the ages of 13 and 19.
Please list your caregiver's name, best contact phone number, and email address. We need this to verify you have permission to participate.