Welcome to the Mountain Xpress submission form for the 2022 Kids Issue

This is the place to submit area K-12 students’ creative work for possible publication in the 2022 Mountain Xpress Kids Issue.


This year’s theme is “Simply Beautiful.”

Students, here are some questions to think about to get started. What is the most beautiful thing in the world or your local community? Why do you like it? What makes it beautiful? If it’s a beautiful idea, what obstacles might there be to making it a reality? How would you overcome them? If it’s a person, place or creature, what challenges do they face? Are there ways you can make a difference? Create art or writing to share your vision!

Educators, parents and students, please submit the best work in the following categories:


Essays should be no more than 300 words (though some exceptions can be made). Typed entries are encouraged.

Short fiction

Fiction should be no more than 300 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 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.


Email kids@mountainx.com, and one of our staffers will get back in touch.


The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, to be considered for publication in Xpress’ Kids Issue, publishing March 9 and 16. Sorry, we cannot accept late entries. For a mobile friendly form, please click here.