Wild Words Adirondack Teen Writing Anthology

About Wild Words: Adirondack Teen Writing Anthology

Wild Words: Adirondack Teen Writing Anthology is a new publication of the Adirondack Center for Writing, created to give teens a venue to publish their original creative writing. Any teen (age 13-19) living in the North Country is eligible to submit writing for consideration. Each contributor will receive one copy of the anthology when it launches in spring 2023. Submitting writing is not a guarantee of publication. 

What We’re Looking For

Up to 10 pages (maximum – shorter is fine!) of poetry, short stories, short memoirs, personal essays, sci-fi, and fantasy written by teens living in the North Country. You may submit as many pieces of writing as you want, but they all need to be in the same document/file. Make sure you have included a title for each piece of writing you submit.

How ACW Can Help

  • We have a Teen Lounge open 9AM-5PM at our Saranac Lake location where teens can write, read, and build community after school. All are welcome!
  • Contact us to schedule a class visit to the Adirondack Center for Writing or to discuss bringing a writer into your classroom for a visit.
  • Join us for the High School Writing Retreat, October 27 & 28, 2022.
  • Stay tuned and watch our events calendar for upcoming workshops.
  • Use promo materials from our toolkit for teachers and organizations, located below.

Toolkit for Teachers & Organizations

ACW has compiled a toolkit to help promote Wild Words in your community or classroom. You are welcome to duplicate and use any of these materials:

Teen Writer Resources

Additional resources & opportunities for teen creative writers:

About The Project

Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY), a project of the Tides Center, is a three-year, $125 million investment in the financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them. The Wild Words Anthology was made possible through support from CRNY’s Artist Employment Program in collaboration with Visiting Writer Erin Dorney. Logo image by rawpixel.com on Freepik.

How To Submit

  • Open to any teen age 13-19 living in the North County.
  • 10 pages MAX.
  • Deadline: Midnight on March 10, 2023.
  • Option 1: Use this Google form to submit your information. After you submit the form, you must email your writing to info@adirondackcenterforwriting.org (attach as a Word document, Google doc, or paste into the body of the email).
  • Option 2: Use Submittable (requires a free account and you upload your writing instead of emailing it)


  • Questions or comments? Contact Visiting Writer Erin Dorney at info@adirondackcenterforwriting.org.


  • September 19, 2022 – Submissions open
  • March 10, 2023 – Submissions close
  • March 22, 2023 – Contributors will be notified if their writing has been accepted for publication & given directions on how to obtain their copy of the anthology
  • April 22, 2023 – Anthology book launch at ACW in Saranac Lake (2-4pm)
  • April 24, 2023 – Additional anthology copies distributed