2020 Voyage YA Short Story Award

Closes November 15, 2020 

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 November 15.

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.


  • 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  • Previously unpublished work only please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 Values

Voyage YA is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Voyage has a zero tolerance policy for any work that is discriminatory or harmful in any way, whether intentional or unintentional. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and any work that violates our values will be immediately declined. Voyage maintains the right to further ban authors if problematic behavior persists and/or de-platform authors should there be problematic behavior via other platforms.   

As the landscape of publishing changes, Voyage acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. Systemic racism and structural inequality has been a problem for a long time, and Voyage will actively work to dismantle them. We have joined the global movement to fight for equality and will consciously work to amplify marginalized voices of authors who have been historically underrepresented in publishing.

We urge authors and readers alike to visit some of the resources we have found helpful—and seek out others.

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