Previous Contests

Please Note: This contest is now closed! Thank you to everyone that submitted! Check back in March 2021 when Winners will be announced!

1st Place: Leslie Vedder for Phoenix from the Acid

2nd Place: Amanda Thomas for Sew Your Desire

3rd Place: J. Isaiah Holbrook for This is How You Fall in Love with a Homophobe

Here at Voyage, we’re huge fans of short form fiction. What we don’t see enough of, is short fiction in the YA category. So, we’re hosting a contest! Can you tell us a good YA story in 5,000 words or less? Send us your best YA contemporary, romance, fantasy, science fiction, genre-bender, and more! We read widely in YA, and we’re simply looking for a well-told story.  

Submissions are open from September 18 to December 1, 2020.

Guest judge, Natalia Sylvester, will choose three stories from a shortlist. 

The 1st Place winner will receive $3000 and an hour-long consultation with Literary Agent Saritza Hernandez of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

2nd Place will receive $300 and publication, and 3rd place $200 and publication.

Finalists will also receive written feedback from Literary Agent Saritza Hernandez.

Bonus: Every entrant will receive access to a pre-recorded mini workshop on writing a synopsis with Editor and Literary Agent Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency!


  • Voyage submissions are open to all writers working in English
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Submission must be an original short story that would be categorized as young adult fiction (from the point-of-view of a young adult, meaning through the lens of a teen protagonist)
  • 5,000-word count maximum
  • We’re open to any genre or style you can throw at us—just send us the best you’ve got
  • Previously unpublished work only please
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine—just notify and withdraw your entry if it’s picked up by someone else
  • $20 reading fee per entry
  • Multiple submissions are okay—please submit each as a separate submission
  • Every entry will be considered for our regular publications as well
  • Please: 1) double space; 2) use Times New Roman 12 pt font; 3) have 1-inch margins, and 4) put your last name and the page number in the top right-hand corner
  • Tell us in a brief cover letter your publication history (if applicable, no worries if not), along with any relevant information about your writing career
  • For reference, some of our favorite YA short collections include:  Fresh Ink edited by Lamar GilesWelcome Home edited by Eric SmithOur Stories, Our Voices edited by Amy ReedThree Sides of a Heart edited by Natalie C. ParkerBecause You Love to Hate Me edited by AmerieMeet Cute and Summer Days and Summer Nights/My True Love Gave to Me both edited by Stephanie Perkins.

Voyage accepts submissions year-round and published pieces can be found on our website, accessible to everyone for free.