VIRGINIA B. BALL CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION 

Interlochen Arts Academy is now accepting submissions for the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Scholarship Competition. This scholarship offers full tuition to its winner, renewable for each year they attend Interlochen Arts Academy. The Scholarship is made possible by the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation. Please visit our website to learn more about Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Academy. To learn more about the competition, please visit write.interlochen.org. 

Submission Guidelines:  1) The contest is open to students who are in grades 8–11 during the 2019-20 school year.2) Students must submit writing samples in at least two of the following genres: fiction, poetry, personal essay/memoir, screenwriting, playwriting, and hybrid genre. You should submit no more than 5 pieces total.

  • Poetry: Your sample should include 1-4 poems.
  • Fiction: Your sample should include 1-3 stories, novel or story excerpts, or flash fiction pieces. Each piece should be fewer than 3,500 words.
  • Personal essay/memoir: Your sample should include 1-3 essays. Each piece should be fewer than 3,500 words.
  • Screenwriting: Your sample should be fewer than 20 pages.
  • Playwriting: Your sample should be fewer than 20 pages.
  • Hybrid Genre / Experimental: Your sample should include 1-3 hybrid genre / experimental pieces. Each piece should be fewer than 3,500 words.

3) For each genre you submit, please save the work in a PDF or .docx file with the name of that genre. For example, if you are submitting poetry and personal essay, you should create separate PDF or .docx files titled "poetry" and "personal essay." To preserve the anonymity of entries, please do not include your name within the document or the file name.

4) Complete the entry form and submit your pieces online by Dec. 6 2019.

5) Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 6, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

6) Twenty-five contest finalists will be selected and notified no later than Dec. 20, 2019. Should you be selected as a finalist, you will be required to fill out a formal application to Interlochen Arts Academy no later than Feb. 1, 2020.

7) The first prize scholarship will cover full tuition to attend Interlochen Academy.

8) Winner will be announced no later than Apr. 1, 2020.

9) If submissions do not meet the standards set by the judges, Interlochen Center for the Arts reserves the right to designate no first prize winner and award no scholarship.

10) Students currently enrolled at Interlochen Arts Academy are ineligible for this contest.

If you have any questions, email us at writingcontest@interlochen.org.


RED WHEELBARROW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

The Red Wheelbarrow is a quarterly literary magazine edited and produced by Creative Writing majors at Interlochen Arts Academy. A public reading/performance is held to celebrate the launch of each issue. 

Students currently attending Interlochen Arts Academy in all arts majors are welcome to submit their writing and visual artwork for consideration by the editors. Singer-Songwriters are invited to submit songs to be played live at the reading. 

Red Wheelbarrow deadlines for the October issue: 

The deadline for submission for writing submissions is Tuesday, October 1 by midnight. 

The deadline for Visual Arts and Singer-Songwriter submissions has been extended to Monday, October 7 by midnight. 

The reading/performance for this issue will be on Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm. Please follow the submission guidelines below and go to the following link to create an account and upload your work using Submittable: https://interlochen.submittable.com/submit

Red Wheelbarrow Submission Guidelines:

Writing Submissions: 

  • Students may submit poems, flash fiction, short stories or fiction excerpts, creative nonfiction (personal essay or memoir) and scripts/screenplays.
  • Students are limited to 3 submissions for poetry, and 2 submissions for prose and scripts/screenplays (maximum 5 pieces total).
  • Prose and script/screenplay excerpts are limited to 5,000 words.
  • Please remove your name from each individual piece before submitting. If your name appears on the document or in the title of the file, the piece will not be considered by editors. 
  • Please submit each individual piece separately. 
  • Upload each submission as a .docx ONLY following the instructions on Submittable. To download as a .docx from Google Drive, click on File, select Download as from the dropdown menu, and select Microsoft Word (.docx) from the dropdown menu. 

Visual Arts Submissions:

  • Students are limited to 3 Visual Art submissions.
  • Visual Art submissions will be reproduced in full color.
  • All Visual Art submissions MUST include a title, or please specify if the piece is untitled.
  • Please do not include your name in the title of the file.
  • Each submission should be uploaded as a .jpeg or .PDF following the instructions on Submittable.

Singer-Songwriter Submissions:

  • Students are limited to 3 song submissions.
  • Students can submit collaboratively written songs.
  • Please submit each song separately.
  • Each song should be uploaded as as a MP3 following the instructions on Submittable.
  • Accepted singer-songwriters must be prepared to participate in a performance on Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm.

Notification for All Submitters:

If your work is selected, you will be notified by the editors via e-mail by 5pm on Friday, October 11. The names of selected readers, visual artists and performers will also be posted on the whiteboard in the Writing House Great Room by 5pm on Friday, October 11. Due to the volume of submissions, editors are not able to respond to every submission. 

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Thank you,

The Editors 


INTERLOCHEN REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Interlochen Review 2019 is now closed for submissions. Thank you to all who submitted. Check out the 2019 issue at: www.interlochenreview.org!

Interlochen Arts Academy is now accepting submissions for the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Scholarship Competition. This scholarship offers full tuition to its winner, renewable for each year they attend Interlochen Arts Academy. The Scholarship is made possible by the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation. Please visit our website to learn more about Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Academy. To learn more about the competition, please visit write.interlochen.org

Submission Guidelines: 

1) The contest is open to students who are in grades 8–11 during the 2019-20 school year.

2) Students must submit writing samples in at least two of the following genres: fiction, poetry, personal essay/memoir, screenwriting, playwriting, and hybrid genre. You should submit no more than 5 pieces total.

  • Poetry: Your sample should include 1-4 poems.
  • Fiction: Your sample should include 1-3 stories, novel or story excerpts, or flash fiction pieces. Each piece should be fewer than 3,500 words.
  • Personal essay/memoir: Your sample should include 1-3 essays. Each piece should be fewer than 3,500 words.
  • Screenwriting: Your sample should be fewer than 20 pages.
  • Playwriting: Your sample should be fewer than 20 pages.
  • Hybrid Genre / Experimental: Your sample should include 1-3 hybrid genre / experimental pieces. Each piece should be fewer than 3,500 words.

3) For each genre you submit, please save the work in a PDF or .docx file with the name of that genre. For example, if you are submitting poetry and personal essay, you should create separate PDF or .docx files titled "poetry" and "personal essay." To preserve the anonymity of entries, please do not include your name within the document or the file name.

4) Complete the entry form and submit your pieces online by Dec. 6, 2019.

5) Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 6, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

6) Twenty-five contest finalists will be selected and notified no later than Dec. 20, 2019. Should you be selected as a finalist, you will be required to fill out a formal application to Interlochen Arts Academy no later than Feb. 1, 2020.

7) The first prize scholarship will cover full tuition to attend Interlochen Academy.

8) Winner will be announced no later than Apr. 1, 2020.

9) If submissions do not meet the standards set by the judges, Interlochen Center for the Arts reserves the right to designate no first prize winner and award no scholarship.

10) Students currently enrolled at Interlochen Arts Academy are ineligible for this contest.

If you have any questions, email us at writingcontest@interlochen.org.

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