Deadline: April 2, 2023

Entry fee: $20

About the competition

The Voyage Team always wants to see more short fiction writers celebrated in the YA category. So, naturally, we’re dedicating a portion of our next anthology to short-form YA stories and all their glory! We want compelling YA short stories in 5,000 words or fewer. Send us your best YA contemporary, romance, fantasy, science fiction, genre-bender, and more!

Competition guidelines

  • Submissions are open from February 1 to April 2, 2023
  • Voyage submissions are open to all writers working in English.
  • International submissions are allowed.
  • Submission must be an original short story that would be categorized as young adult fiction (from the point-of-view of a young adult, meaning through the lens of a teen protagonist).
  • 5,000-word count maximum.
  • We’re open to any genre or style you can throw at us—just send us the best you’ve got.
  • Previously unpublished work only, please.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine—just notify us and withdraw your entry if it’s picked up by someone else.
  • $20 reading fee per entry.
  • Multiple submissions are okay—please submit each as a separate submission.
  • Every entry will be considered for our regular publications as well.
  • Please: 1) double space, 2) use Times New Roman 12, 3) have one-inch margins, and 4) put the page number in the top right-hand corner.
  • Tell us in a brief cover letter your publication history (if applicable, no worries if not), along with any relevant information about your writing career.
  • For reference, some of our favorite YA short story collections include:  Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles; Welcome Home edited by Eric Smith; Our Stories, Our Voices edited by Amy Reed; Three Sides of a Heart edited by Natalie C. Parker; Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Amerie; Meet Cute and Summer Days and Summer Nights/My True Love Gave to Me both edited by Stephanie Perkins. 
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.

Note: To ensure the protection of our volunteer readers, and to keep Voyage a safe space, please let us know in your cover letter if your work can be triggering in any way. This will have no bearing on your submission or a decision—we just want to ensure the best possible environment for our readers. Thank you for your understanding. 

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