Do you love to weave words together?
Were you and/or one or both of your birth parents born in another country?
Do you live in the United States or Canada now?
Are you 13-19 years old?
If you answered yes to ALL of the questions above, YOU qualify to enter
the 2013 Fire Escape Writing Contests! Submit an original, unpublished
poem or piece of prose (fiction or non-fiction) that reflects some of
the joys and struggles of growing up between two cultures in America.
Mitali's Fire Escape will only consider one poem and one piece of short
fiction per person, so send your best work.
Poetry (only one, so pick your best!)
Short Fiction (up to 1000 words)
Winner in each category: $50
How to submit an entry
Paste your poem or story into an e-mail message and send it to
contests - at - mitaliperkins.com. I will not open attachments.
Proofread thoroughly and keep your presentation simple. Entries with
spelling, grammar or punctuation errors and funky characters/fonts may
be disqualified without notice. Do not include any clip art, images, or
photos with your entry. Words only, please. Fiction longer than 1000
words will not be considered.
Include your name, age, and e-mail address in your e-mail. Also include
your countr(ies) of origin. You and/or ONE of your birth parents must
have been born outside North America. If you were born in Puerto Rico
and are now living in one of the states or Canadian provinces, you
Current U.S. or Canadian residents only please, and previous winners are not eligible.
To qualify, your entry must be received between September 15, 2012 and June 1, 2013.
REPEAT: You must be an immigrant or internationally adopted teen (or a
teen with one immigrant parent) currently living in the United States or
NOTE: Failure to follow all of the contest guidelines will disqualify your entry.
Winning Poems and Stories will be published on the Fire Escape. Winners
will be notified by August 30th. If you do not hear from us by September
15, 2013, you can assume that your entry was NOT a winner. Prizes must
be claimed by September 30, 2013. Please note that editorial or any
other personal comments will not be provided for contest submissions.
The Fire Escape reserves the right to award no prizes if no entry meets
the judge's standards.
The Fire Escape seeks the following permissions from young authors:
permission to publish your work on the web site, and permission to
include your work in online archives after publication. Authors retain
the copyright to their work. Once selected, winners must send their
school information and a mailing address so that the Fire Escape can
validate the entry and send the prize. Read the Fire Escape's privacy
policy for more information.