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Hopepunk Youth Writing Challenge 2020

Hopepunk Youth Writing Challenge 2020

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Iron Bridge Publishing calls application for Hopepunk Youth Writing Challenge 2020. Hopepunk is a cross-genre movement in writing that is positive about humans’ ability to create a better future.


All entries that meet the criteria below will be published in eBook anthologies. The writer will not only get a real-life experience of working with a publisher, but an eBook featuring the work will also be available for sale in online bookstores. In addition to that, the selection of entries from each age category will be also be published in print anthologies later in the year. Furthermore, authors who have a story selected for the print anthology will receive a publishing fee.


The story must be the original work of the author and must not have been published elsewhere. It can be in any text form you like: poetry, prose, email, news article, graphic story…but it must present a hopeful vision for humanity and the planet. In addition to that, the story must be edited, proofread and polished before submission (the organizer will provide links and resources to assist with this). Stories that have spelling or grammar errors, missing words or don’t make sense will not proceed to publication but however, it is okay to have help with the editing and proofreading: professional writers get help with these stages too.

Words Count 

  • Writers aged 8-12 can submit up to 800 words.
  • Writers aged 13-18 can submit up to 2000 words.


Candidates must follow the following guidelines to enter the Hopepunk Youth Writing Challenge

  • Read the challenge below and think about what you want to write.
  •   Write the first draft of your story.
  •   Put it away for a day or two, then read it aloud.
  •   Edit the story (with help) and do another draft. Do as many drafts as you need/want until you are happy with it.
  •   If you wish to illustrate your story, add original images.
  •   Proofread (with help) the story to make sure the grammar and spelling is all correct.
  •   Paste the story into the template on the Hopepunk Story Submission Form.
  •   Fill out the form and save it with your name in the file name.
  •   Check everything twice (with help)
  •   Submit your Hopepunk Story Submission Form by email to info @ ironbridgepublishing.com at any time before midnight 30 April 2020 (wherever you are).


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 April,2020
Open toChildren aged 12 - 18
OrganizerIron Bridge Publishing
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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