2018 McCall Digest High School Writing Contest – Official Rules


Poetry: Individual poems or collections of up to five poems.

Fiction/Short Story

Creative Nonfiction: Memoir, personal narrative, journalism feature stories, essay, etc.

Open to students in grades 9-12 in Valley, Adams counties and Riggins (Salmon River School District), public, private and home-schooled.

Entry fee: FREE. Cash prizes: $100 for overall winner in each category, $25 for 2nd through 5th places each category, plus publication in McCall Digest.

Submission period for 2018 contest: November 15 – December 21st at 8:00 pm. Winners announced in early 2019.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Entries must be original, unpublished work. By submitting work to the contest, the student is confirming that he or she is the author.
  • One submission per category only. Submissions must be sent in DOC or DOCX format as an attachment to an email sent to mccalldigest@gmail.com with subject line Writing Contest Submission.
  • All submissions must be no longer than 1,500 words.
  • Each submission must include a cover sheet with the student’s name, age, high school, grade, mailing address, email address, phone number, and the submission category.
  • Submitting to the contest signals agreement to all contest rules, consent to publication in McCall Digest, and consent to public recognition as a winner in McCall Digest and other electronic or print media.

Prize Restrictions and Conditions: Any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and use of prize not specifically stated herein are the responsibility solely of winner. Only the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules is available to be won during the contest period.

PRIVACY NOTICE: Entrants agree that McCall Digest and its agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives or service providers may use Entrants’ personal information submitted with entry for purposes of prize fulfillment.


Rebecca Wallick, Publisher/Editor, McCall Digest

Susan Tasaki, Senior Editor, Bark Magazine

Jo Kiester

(Poster created by Sue Schaffer, with artwork by Debi Payne used with permission.)

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