Dear Digital Diary

Creative Writing Publishing Contest

Accepting Manuscripts NOW

Dear Digital Diary- Poetry, Stories and Essays about Being a teen, Becoming an adult

You want credentials as a published author? Start here!

Who: Creative Writing Course students and alumni (PA Virtual)

Submission: (One submission per category, but you may submit to more than one category)

  • 3-5 poems (single-spaced in Arial 12pt font)
  • Flash and short fiction 400-1500 words (double-spaced Arial 12pt font)
  • Personal Memoir Stories/Essays (double-spaced Arial 12 pt font)

All genres of fiction accepted, but remember to capture some experience of being a teen, becoming an adult in the Digital Days. Some topics you may tie in include:

  • being a cyber-high schooler
  • falling in love
  • Your firsts (first job, concert, first prom, first kiss, dates, getting your license)
  • Avoiding bullies or defending against them
  • Being a teen activist
  • Being a teen actor/actress, model, competitor
  • Friendships
  • Preparing for college
  • Anything, really about being a teen and becoming an adult.

Remember, getting included in this publication is a contest. Submit your best, follow submission guidelines, and aim for the audience of fellow teens! Write, funny, sad, sarcastic, original, inspirational!

Accepting Manuscripts Now

Wednesday, April 10th 2013 at 9pm to Sunday, May 12th 2013 at 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Email your formatted, saved submissions to Mrs. Weir at

See rules and guidelines below.


All submissions should be in a Word document format.

All submissions should be in Arial 12pt font, fancy font items will be eliminated.

Put your name in the upper left hand corner of the first page.

Under names, state category: Poetry, Fiction, Personal Memoir/Essay

Center your titles.

Poems should single spaced and titled. One poem per page. Poems should not be longer than 25 lines.

Poems may be formatted for appearance on page.

Prose should be double-spaced and titled.

Prose should be left justified.

Fiction and Non-Fiction should be 400-1500 words.

All work must be 100% original. Do not quote other writers or works.

Center all titles.

All items should be error free.

Include an author bio and picture in the word document.

On submission per category. If you submit two in a category, the first submission will be considered.

Email submissions to subject "Submission for Dear Digital Diary Publication" in the subject line.

Other pertinent information. There are several options for publication at this time. The final format is not determined.

Copyright and Licensing Notices

Not all items submitted may be publishable. Mrs. Weir and administrators will have final discretion on works included in the publication.

Works accepted for publication may be edited. Authors may be asked to revise items if the piece is to be included. All items will be copy-edited for mechanical correctness by a team of editors.

Mrs. Weir and administrators are making decisions about what is published and how it will be published. Finally, if your work is accepted your parents and you will be provided notice, copyright, licensing, and permissions forms and information.