2019 Governor’s Summer Writing Challenge

July 8 – September 20, 2019


  • All secondary students within the U.S. Virgin Islands in grades 7-11
  • Ages 13-18

WHAT we are looking for

  • Great stories written by teens about the teenage experience
  • Works should be between 600-750 words
  • Stories can deal with issues of identity, friendship, family, and coming-of-age
  • Original, unpublished fiction of any genre – literary, fantasy, sci-fi, romance stories, horror and more. Previously published stories and stories submitted for publication elsewhere will not be considered. These works include stories that have been self-published online on personal websites or other publishing platforms.
  • Only one submission per theme per person is allowed
  • Entries must be submitted in English


Life on an Island
Making Choices
Individual vs. Society
Hurricane Awareness
Good vs. Evil
Coming of age
Courage and Heroism
Power and Corruption
Learning the Hard Way
Creative Space – Choose your own topic to explore.

To motivate writers, promote the initiative and to assist students with the writing process, writing workshop will be held on:

  • Saturday, July 27, 2019

Prizes: There will be 3 Winners Per District

  • Laptop Computer
  • Cash Prize
  • Mentorship with acclaimed publishers, authors and writing coaches
  • Published Entries in Voices of the Virgin IslandsAn Anthology of Virgin Islands Writings
  • Published writers will receive 10 copies of the publication and media coverage  

Submissions: All entries must be submitted via WORD, PDF, RTF and TXT files. The files must be less than 500KB. The submission window opens at 12:00 a.m. on Monday, September 8, 2019 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019.