2021 Young Artists’ Contest

Next Page Ink Literary and Arts Magazine (www.nextpageinkmag.com; based in Dover, Delaware) is gathering submissions for its first-ever Young Artists’ Contest. Entrants are invited to submit poetry, short fiction, personal essays, visual art, and music on the theme “No feeling is final,’’ taken from this literary quotation: 


 "Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final."

-Rainer Rilke


The Next Page Ink staff will be selecting first, second, and third place winners, who will receive prizes of a VISA gift card worth $75, $50, and $25, respectively. Additionally, each Next Page Ink staff member will select an outstanding piece for a Judge’s Award. All prize-winning pieces and other outstanding pieces will be published in the forthcoming issue of Next Page Ink, due out on March 21, 2021!

Guidelines for submission can be found below. If you have any questions, please contact us at nextpageinkmag@gmail.com.

Contest Rules and Guidelines

  • Entrants must be currently enrolled high school students. 

  • Entries must be submitted via email with an attachment to nextpageinkmag@gmail.com; include “Young Artists’ Contest Submission” in the email subject line.

  • Submission deadline is February 28, 2021.

  • Entrants may submit up to 5 pieces.

  • Only original work will be considered.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed.

  • If work is or has been accepted/published by another magazine or journal publication, please inform editors via email immediately so your work will cease to be under consideration. 

Submission Categories

  • Poetry

    • Length: up to two pages 

    • File format: .doc or .pdf

    • Short fiction

    • Length: 500 to 3,500 words

    • File format: .doc or .pdf

  • Essays 

    • Length: 250 to 750 words

    • File format: .doc or .pdf 

  • Music 

    • Piece must have been composed by the entrant.

    • Length: no minimum, preferably no longer than 6 minutes

    • File format: .mp3 

  • Artwork 

    • Accepted media: all visual media are welcome, including photography, paintings, drawings, and digital art.

    • Artwork depicting nudity or violence will NOT be considered. 

    • File format: .jpg

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