Submit student art, writing for 2021 Kids Issue

MY GREAT IDEA: It’s time to submit art and writing from local K-12 students for possible publication in the 2021 Mountain Xpress Kids Issue. Deadline is Friday, Jan. 29. Photo by Getty Images

Here’s a chance for local kids and teens to shine. Xpress is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Kids Issue — and this year’s theme is “My Great Idea.”

Each March, Mountain Xpress publishes the creative and colorful work of Western North Carolina’s K-12 students. There is no fee to enter for possible publication, and the deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 29.

Theme: “My Great Idea”

Students, here’s a way to get started. Think about some of the great ideas people have had over the years. For example: the invention of the telephone, the idea that everyone should be treated equally — or even the creation of the potato chip.

What great idea do you have that might make life better for you and the people you know? Imagine how it would work and what you might need to put your idea into action. Are there any obstacles you’d have to overcome? How would you do it? Create art or writing to share your great idea.

Submission guidelines

Educators, parents and students, please send us the best work in the following categories:
Essays should be no more than 350 words (though some exceptions can be made). Typed entries are encouraged.
Short fiction
Fiction should be no more than 350 words (though some exceptions can be made). Typed entries are encouraged.
Short-form poetry is preferred, with poems limited to a maximum of 30 lines. Typed submissions are encouraged.
Art should be digitally photographed or be able to be photographed by Mountain Xpress. Photos of sculptures or models are also permissible. Artists’ statements are welcome.
Photos should be high-resolution, digital photos between 200 KB and 6 MB (cellphone setting of “medium” size). Artists’ statements are welcome.
The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, Jan. 29, to be considered for publication in Xpress’ March Kids Issue. Sorry, we cannot accept late entries this year.
Submit your work
Here’s the link to upload student work:
Mailed or hand-delivered pieces may be picked up after the issue publishes, though Xpress cannot be responsible for their return.
Email Xpress editor Tracy Rose at

We can’t wait to see what local kids and teens have to share!

— Tracy Rose


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