UPDATED: Xpress seeks student art, writing for 2021 Kids Issue

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

Attention, local kids and teens: Have you ever had a great idea you wanted to share with your friends and family — maybe even the entire world? Or maybe your great idea is just waiting to hatch. If so, here’s your chance to shine. For our 2021 Kids Issue, the 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
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.
Poems
Short-form poetry is preferred, with poems limited to a maximum of 30 lines. Typed submissions are encouraged.
Art
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
Photos should be high-resolution, digital photos between 200 KB and 6 MB (cellphone setting of “medium” size). Artists’ statements are welcome.
Deadline
The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, 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: https://mountainx.com/2021-kids-issue/
Returns
Mailed or hand-delivered pieces may be picked up after the issue publishes, though Xpress cannot be responsible for their return.
Questions?
Email Xpress editor Tracy Rose at trose@mountainx.com.

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

— Tracy Rose

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4 thoughts on “UPDATED: Xpress seeks student art, writing for 2021 Kids Issue

  1. Eve Dodson

    my idea is beds that can make themselves! it would make the morning so much faster and easier.

    • Tracy Rose

      Hi, Eve: Thanks for commenting. That is a fun idea. If you want to submit it for possible publication in the Kids Issue, please use the link in the post above to reach the submission form. Thanks again!

  2. Addison Sama

    My great idea:

    My great idea involves men and women who are in jail for crimes that are minor, but has caused them to still serve time. Now what if these men and women could work on their sentence by helping out at a rescue barn for all animals. The men and women could learn responsibility, and many other good traits while also helping out a good cause. Most rescue barns are short staffed and need any help they can get, now the criminals would have to have no prior record of animal abuse and sign something stating that if any harm or injury caused by their own hand to the animals would be punished and they would forfeit any right to keep using the program. They would have to serve out the rest of their time in full plus any repercussions that would come to their actions. I think many of the men and women would benefit from the harsh reality of having a living creature under their care and this could help them get better jobs when they get out.

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