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Congratulations to Stephanie Chang for her poem, “Ylem Theory”, winner of the 2020 Young Writers Contest for Poetry!

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STEPHANIE CHANG is a rising freshman at University College London and currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Kenyon Review, Diode Poetry Journal, COUNTERCLOCK, and Berkeley Poetry Review. Her chapbook, NIGHT MARKET IN TECHNICOLOR, is forthcoming from Ghost City Press (August 2020). She reads for Muzzle Magazine and interns at Sine Theta Magazine.

Read Stephanie's piece here.

Congratulations to Vivien Song for her poem, “Fourth of July,” runner up of the 2020 Young Writers Contest for Poetry!

VIVIEN SONG is a high school senior from the Bay Area. A 2020 National YoungArts Finalist in Poetry, her work appears or is forthcoming in Asian American Writers' Workshop: The Margins, Cosmonauts Avenue, and L'Éphémère Review, among others. Vivien likes long, aimless walks and overnight oats.

Read Vivien's piece here. 

Congratulations to Gaia Rajan for her poem, “Marionette Girl Replies,” runner up of the 2020 Young Writers Contest for Poetry!

GAIA RAJAN lives in Andover, MA. She's the Managing Editor of The Courant and a Poetry Editor for Saffron Lit. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in DIALOGIST, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Hobart, and elsewhere. She is a 2020 National Student Poet semifinalist, and her chapbook, Moth Funerals, is forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press. She hopes you have a wonderful day.

Read Gaia's piece here. 

Congratulations to Shreya Vikram for her short story, “I keep my nails,” runner up of the 2020 Young Writers Contest for Prose!

SHREYA VIKRAM is a writer based in India. She is the recipient of the Dorothy West Scholarship 2020. Her work is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, GHLL, Salmon Creek Journal and elsewhere. You can find more of her writing at

Read Shreya's piece here. 

Congratulations to Emma K. Wang for her short story, “Girls,” runner up of the 2020 Young Writers Contest for Prose!

EMMA K. WANG is a 19-year-old writer born in Xi’an, China but is currently a freshman at Stanford University. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Arts and Writing awards, Bennington Young Authors Awards, The Adroit Journal, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, TRACK//FOUR, Canvas Literary Journal, Fictional Café, The Harpoon Review, Blue Marble Review, and more. In her free time, she likes to watch cheesy horror movies with her friends.

Read Emma's piece here. 

Young Writers Contest 2021

All submissions should be to with the subject line as "CONTEST_GENRE_FULL NAME".

The Hominum Journal Young Writers Contest will be awarded to two students of students of high school/secondary or undergraduate status who display exemplary work in the categories of prose and poetry. Students from the ages 13-22 are eligible to submit.

Finalists and winners will be selected by the Hominum Journal editorial staff. Though there is no limit on the number of entries, we recommend including 3-5 poems (up to 10 pages) and/or up to 2 pieces of prose (up to 3,500 words). Simultaneous submissions are accepted on the condition that we are notified by email and we are updated immediately if this piece is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work. 

Standard conventions are appreciated [12 point font, Times New Roman/Garamond, double-spaced, 1 inch margins] unless the format is essential to the creative integrity of the piece.

All entries to the Young Writers Contest will also be considered for publication in the inaugural issue of Hominum Journal. For further direction on our expectations for submissions, please see the "Submission Guidelines" tab.

Please note that we ask for first electronic rights on all submissions.

The submission deadline for consideration for the Hominum Journal Young Writers Contest is July 11th. Submissions received after this deadline will still be considered for publication, but they will not be eligible for the 2021 contest. 

We are currently using Green Submissions, however if applicants experience any issues with this system we will accept emailed submission. Please use the subject line CONTEST_GENRE_FULL NAME if using this option (example: CONTEST_POETRY_JOHN DOE")

Please direct all further questions to

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