Who can submit: Maryland high school students

What to submit: poetry, fiction, nonfiction (no academic writing)

When to submit: please send your work no later than December 14, 2020

How to submit: email your creative writing to

The winner(s) will receive $100, be published in the next edition of Grub Street.



Our contest is open to fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The winner(s) will receive a monetary award of $100 and be published in our 2021 Grub Street edition, which releases in May. The winner(s) will also receive a copy of the journal. If more than one winner is selected, each winner will still receive $100.

A student may submit up to five poems, one story, and one essay. Stories and essays should not exceed 6,000 words. (Students may also submit to the journal proper, regardless of submitting to the contest. 

An accomplished author will judge the contest. Last year’s judge was Jung Yun, author of the critically acclaimed novel Shelter. 

The contest submission window will close December 14.

Please email submissions to For the subject line, please put: “High School Contest Submission.”

Please include the following as a title page to the submission: your name, your high school, your address, a telephone number, and an e-mail address. Remove any identifiable information from the submission proper.

For more information, please contact us at

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