Submit student art, writing this week for 2019 Kids Issues

SHARE STUDENT ART AND WRITING: The deadline is this Friday, Feb. 8, to submit local K-12 student art, photos, poetry and essays for the 2019 Mountain Xpress Kids Issues. This year's theme: "24-hour Superpowers."

If you had superpowers for a day, what would you do? That’s the question Mountain Xpress is asking Western North Carolina kids and teens for this year’s Kids Issues. The deadline to submit student work is this Friday, Feb. 8.

Xpress is accepting art, poems and essays for our 2019 Kids Issues, our annual two-part extravaganza featuring the creative work of Western North Carolina K-12 students, along with listings of local and regional summer camps.

All area school-age kids and teens are welcome to participate, including those who attend public and private schools, and home-schooled and unschooled students.

This year’s theme is “24-hour Superpowers.” (Special thanks to area educators who offered feedback.) Students, here are some ideas to get you started:
• Imagine that you suddenly have been given superpowers for 24 hours.
• What kind of powers would you have? What would you do with those powers?
• What needs to change in our local community, country and world — and how could you use those superpowers to make a difference?
• What would our community, country and world be like afterward?

Submission guidelines

Essays should be no more than 350 words (though some exceptions can be made).

Short-form poetry is preferred, with poems limited to a maximum of 30 lines.

Art should be digitally photographed or be able to be photographed by Mountain Xpress. Photos of sculptures 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 the end of the day Friday, Feb. 8, to be considered for publication in the March 13 and March 20 issues of Xpress.

Here’s a link to upload student work:

Questions? Email Xpress staffer Tracy Rose at

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

— Tracy Rose


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