2014-15 Writing Contest


This year's theme is "Bodies of Water." 

We're looking for submissions that tackle the following question: Where, when, and how has water affected your life? 

Here are a few prompts offered to get students started: 

  • Write about a watery place that means something to you, whether real or imaginary.
  • When and where have you felt most connected to water?
  • Describe one particular moment you've experienced with water in great detail. 

Writing Contest Rules

  • All submissions should be related to the theme: “Bodies of Water”
  • Entrants must be from Maine in grades 6-12 during the 2014-15 school year, or, if home-schooled, between the ages of 11 and 18.

  • Poems must be 40 lines or fewer, in any form. Prose pieces should be 750 words or fewer.
  • Send your submission to submissions@tellingroom.org. Attach your story as a .doc or .rtf file, or paste it into the body of the email.

  • Include this information with your submission: Name, Age, School, Email Address, Phone Number, Parents Names, Mailing Address.
  • Submitting to our contest constitutes an agreement to be published in our annual anthology.
  • The deadline for submission is February 15th, 2015.


  • A panel of professional writers will select one grand prize winner and runner/s-up.
  • The grand prize winner will be published in the May 2015 issue of Maine Magazine.
  • A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the grand-prize winner.
  • The grand-prize winner will be invited to read their piece at our 2015 Big Night Event.


Listen to the winners of the 2014 contest read their work:

Kaitlyn Knight, Rome - "I Am Not Wild"

Alicia Thurston, Topsham - "Astriferous"

Listen to the winners of the 2013 contest read their work:

Meghan Lane, Rockport - "Prelude in A Minor"

Mary McColley, Berwick - "Lapti"