Young Lions High School Contest

Submissions are invited from high school students in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Judging will be done by member’s of EIU’s creative writing community. Winners will receive a cash prize, a certificate, and an invitation to read their work at a Lions in Winter virtual broadcast.


  1. All entries must be unpublished, original, single-authored works in English.
  2. Entries will be defined as follows:
    • Poetry – up to 100 lines
    • Fiction – a short story up to 1250 words. This could be an excerpt from a longer work.
    • Nonfiction – a work of creative nonfiction up to 1250 words (including essay, memoir, and literary journalism). This could be an excerpt from a longer work.
    • Please use 12 point Times New Roman font and number the pages.
  3. One entry per person per genre.
  4. Submit here:

Previous award winners' works can be found on this Young Lions Archives page.