Uptown Ink Young Writers Contest!

Submit your writing and art for a chance to win all the fame, fortune, and glory that Uptown Ink has to offer! 

We are accepting writing and art work across genres until May 1st.

Submission guidelines:

  •  Categories:
    • Short stories
    • Poetry
    • Comics
    • 2-D Visual Art
  • Age groups: each genre is broken into three age categories
    • 8-11
    • 12-14
    • 15-18 
  • Eligibility: authors and artist must be 8-18. All work must be original.
  • Language: accepting submissions in English and Spanish.
  • Dual submissions: accepting dual submissions. Please let us know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions: are allowed in different categories. Please only submit one piece per category.
  • Submission fee: free!


A winner from each age group in each category will:

  • Be published on Uptown Ink—this digital literary journal!
  • Receive one of these Uptown Stories t-shirts!


  • Out of those 12 winners, the top three across all genres and age groups will be published in our next printed anthology (like this one)!
    • Which is sold at local Washington Heights businesses, as well as on Amazon.
    • These winers will receive a physical copy of the anthology, with their work printed inside.

Need some inspiration? Check out our newest submissions to get a taste of what Uptown Ink is all about!