Fresh Ink

 This contest is designed to encourage student writers. Enter original works of fiction or nonfiction to a maximum length of 1500 words OR the first three chapters of a work in progress (up to 15 pages). Read on for more details.

Age Categories:

  • High School (ages 14 – 18)
  • College/University (ages 17-30)

Genre Categories:

  • Short story (1,500 words or less)
  • Non-fiction piece (1,500 words or less)
  • Poetry (1,500 words or less)
  • First three chapters of an unpublished novel–does not have to be finished (15 pages or less)
  • First 15 pages of a Short Script – Screen or Stage (45 pages or less)

Fresh Ink winners will be recognized at The Word Awards Gala

Please Note:
Attachments to the Submission Form Cannot exceed 15.5 GB

Please read the Awards Timeline on The Word Awards Page

The 2018 contest is CLOSED and will reopen in Fall 2019

Fresh Ink & In The Beginning Contest Submissions Enter Here >