Voyage Anthology Contest


The contest is now closed! Thank you to everyone who submitted! Winners are announced and contest participants are notified about 12-14 weeks after the contest closes. Check back during the first half of August 2022 for the results!

We’re incredibly excited to offer writers a chance to have their young adult writing published in our inaugural Anthology! Short Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Poetry anthologies in the young adult market are taking off in popularity—and we at Voyage are obsessed with reading them. Submit your young adult writing to us for a chance to be selected for our own inaugural Anthology. This is a chance to see your name in print! We will be publishing hardcover, paperback, and ebook editions!
The anthology will be edited by the Voyage editorial staff: Racquel Henry, Editor-in-Chief; Kip Wilson, Associate Editor; Marquita Hockaday, Associate Editor.
The editors will select 8 pieces of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction to include in the collection.
Selected writers will be compensated accordingly:
  • Prose: $500
  • Poems/Flash fiction: $250
  • 15 Author copies
Bonus: Every entrant will receive access to a pre-recorded mini workshop!
And there’s more! To ensure this contest is accessible to all, we’re keeping submissions free for the first month! Get your submissions in before March 1st, and you will avoid the $20 entry fee!
We are thrilled about bringing this anthology into the world and excited to read your submissions!
Submissions are open from February 1, 2022, to May 1, 2022.


  • Submissions are open to all writers working in English
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Submissions must be either fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction in the Young Adult category, and 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—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  • Previously unpublished work only, please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 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)
Note: To ensure the protection of our volunteer readers, and to keep Voyage a safe space, please let us know in your cover letter if your work can be triggering in any way. This will have no bearing on your submission or a decision—we just want to ensure the best possible environment for our readers. Thank you for your understanding.
Editorial Feedback Options
The single feedback letter option costs $79 and will provide you with two pages of detailed and actionable feedback on your submission. The three-letter option will provide three separate letters (two pages each) from three different editors at $199, a 16% discount. Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional authors.
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 have 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.

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