The Founders Award, now in its ninth year, is a contest held annually for the best poem by a high school student in the St. Louis area. The first place winner is awarded $150. All current high school students from the bi-state area are eligible.

Students may submit up to five poems per entry. Each submission should include a cover letter with contact information, school name, and poem titles. Name and contact information should not appear elsewhere on the submission.
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Submissions are for CVPA High School students ONLY.

CVPA High School editors are open to all styles and genres of creative work. We are interested in work that explores real life situations and experiences, but we also appreciate work that pushes the boundaries of reality. Works should offer audiences an experience that is personal and surprising, taking them through a discovery. We like work that is ambitions and experimental, but overall we like work that is meaningful. We don’t want work on inappropriate topics or that includes inappropriate language.

The CVPA Literary Magazine is accepting work in poetry, prose, and art.

Poetry Submissions

Poetry Submissions can include 3-5 poems, overall no more than 10 pages.

Prose Submissions

Prose can include short stories, creative essays, and memoirs. Prose submissions should include no more than 2 stories or essays.

Art Submissions

We encourage artists to share a range of their work, at least 3 and no more than 5 pieces. Art works should be submitted as a jpeg., png., or pdf file.

Submit your work by following the link. Remember to first select which genre you are submitting for before attaching your submission. Students are allowed to submit to more than one genre, but must make sure that each genre submission is submitted separately.

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  • 2017 judge is Carl Phillips.
  • $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription.
  • Send up to three poems per submission. Please include all poems in a single document.
  • Please do not include name or contact info in the document file.
  • Results will be posted on the River Styx website in July.
  • First, second, and third place winners and honorable mentions will be included in the winter 2017 issue.
  • All poems will be considered for publication.
  • Previously published poems, including those that have appeared on websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.
  • Though submissions are anonymous, the judge will remove from consideration any entries he recognizes as having been written by poets with whom he has worked or studied.