METAMORPHOSIS: WRITING CONTEST

In collaboration with The Global Youth Review and SeaGlass Lit.

This writing contest asks contributors to explore the theme "Metamorphosis." We hope the product—a joint issue—exhibits the complexities of changing self-definition, growth, and healing.

DUE SEP 30TH (12:00 pm UTC)

Magazine staff will select pieces to be included in our joint issue titled "Metamorphosis." These selections will be passed on to our guest judges, who will select the one winning submission for each category (poetry/prose).

A magazine may offer you a publication spot in their own publication even if you are not semifinalist. 

DUE AUG 7, 28, SEP 11 (12:00 pm UTC)

There are three opportunities to submit WIPs or near-finalized submissions for expedited feedback. Submitters can expect to hear back within 48 hours of the deadlines. This is does not entail advance notification of whether your piece has qualified for the Metamorphosis Issue; this is merely meant to give writers feedback before the final submission deadline!

MULTIPLE DATES

In preparation for our submission deadline, we are hosting 5 virtual writing workshops free to attend! Writers will receive help drafting and editing their submissions. 

11:00 pm EST Aug 23 w/ Opal

11:30 am EST Aug 6 w/ Dana 

Aug 27 w/ TBD

7:30 pm EST Aug 6 w/ Alondra

Sep 24 w/ TBD

Image by Alfred Schrock

FINAL SUBMISSIONS

Image by Bankim Desai

EXPEDITED FEEDBACK

Image by Shashwat Verma

WORKSHOPS

COMPETITION PRIZES: WHAT DO YOU WIN?

1. After submissions close, magazine staff will select finalist pieces. These will be published in our joint issue titled "Metamorphosis."

 

2. These semi-finalists will be passed on to our guest judges, who will each select one winning submission for their respective categories (poetry/prose). These winners will receive a monetary prize. 

3. A magazine may offer you a publication spot on an Issue or their Blog even if you're not a semi-finalist. 

4. Certain pieces will be awarded "honourable mentions", which consists of a certificate of achievement but no publication spot

DONATE TO THE PRIZE FUND TODAY:

OUR GUEST JUDGES

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MARCELLA HADDAD

MFA from UMass Amherst.

 

Marcella Haddad loves writing, traveling, and armadillos. She completed her MFA at UMass Amherst and was a Tin House YA 2022 Scholar. Her work has appeared in Variant Literature, Okay Donkey, Empty Room Radio, Apparition Lit, and others. She is also Managing Editor of Moonflake Press. You can find her in a tree or at marcellaphaddad.com.

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INA ARAM

Undergraduate at Princeton University.

Ina Aram (she/her) is a sophomore at Princeton University and plans to major in English. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. In another life, she would be an astronaut, but in this one, she writes and creates things to reach something like that feeling of infinity. 

COMPETITION TIMELINE

11:00 pm EST Jul 23

WORKSHOP #1

"Our World Through Magic Lenses" facilitated by Opal Oliver Minor.

Opal Oliver Minor is a maker, poet, writer, and artist. They are currently a college student at UC Santa Cruz. They are a Youth Speaks Teen Slam finalist and published in multiple places. You can find their work at poetslunchbox.neocities.org or on Instagram at @poets.lunchbox

11:30 am EST Aug 6

WORKSHOP #2

"Ekphrasis: Creating Art From Art" facilitated by Dana Blatte.

Dana Blatte is a student at Hamilton College. Her poetry and short fiction has been published in Fractured Lit, Lunch Ticket, The Shore, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and more, and has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the Mass Poetry Festival, and the Pulitzer Center, among others. She loves bedroom pop, long walks, and honey almond butter. Find her on Twitter @infflorescence.

12:00 pm UTC Aug 7

FEEDBACK #1

Submit by the deadline to receive feedback from SeaGlass Lit's staff team. Feedback will be sent within 48 hours of closing the listed date.

12:00 pm EST Aug 27

WORKSHOP #3

“Using Emotions to Craft a Memorable Story" facilitated by Aleena Rose.

Aleena Rose is a student in New York. When not plotting another angsty novel, she can be found consuming an ungodly amount of cranberry tea or sharing writing tips for her community on Instagram. She is also the founder of The Authors of Tomorrow, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring young writers to make their stories heard, and the co-founder of Limelight Review.

12:00 pm UTC Aug 28

FEEDBACK #2

Submit between the FEEDBACK #1 deadline and this deadline to receive feedback from Coexist Literary Magazine's staff team. Feedback will be sent within 48 hours of closing the listed date.

7:30 pm EST Aug 6

WORKSHOP #4

Facilitated by Alondra Bobadilla.

Alondra Bobadilla was named Boston's first-ever Youth Poet Laureate in January of 2020. Through her own work, she demonstrates how creative expression can be a powerful tool for youth to examine feelings around issues, find their voice, and speak up about the changes they want to see for their future. She is the author of a collection of poems entitled “With Clipped Wings”.

12:00 PM UTC Sep 11

FEEDBACK #3

Submit between the FEEDBACK #2 deadline and this deadline to receive feedback from The Global Youth Review's staff team. Feedback will be sent within 48 hours of closing the listed date.

10 am EST Sep 24

WORKSHOP #5

"Imagery in Poetry & Prose" facilitated by Aurora Rae.

Aurora is a biologist by trade but a writer by passion currently in the query trenches. When she's not writing obsessively, she can be found hiking, crocheting, or playing the cello. To learn more about her and her journey to publishing, follow her on Instagram @aurora.rae.writes.

12:00 pm UTC Sep 30

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE

The submission form will automatically close. Semi-finalists will be selected and notified by October 7. Winners will be selected by October 21. 

"Metamorphosis" Launch Date is TBD.

NEED INSPIRATION?

Use this playlist to get the creative wordsmith juices flowing while working on your submissions!