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LitUp Festival

LitUp: books and art for the next generation. perspectives. a virtual event for teens by teens. register now.

LitUp 2021

April 26 - May 5, 2021

LitUp 2021 will go virtual once again with an array of author/artist talks and workshops. Our keynote author is Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star. This year’s featured authors include Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics and Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), S.J. Kincaid (The Insignia Series) and Linda Holmes (NPR pop culture correspondent/Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast). Scroll down to find a full description and schedule of authors and workshops. Registration opens April 1.

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LitUp 2021 Creative Contest

And the winner is…The winners of the LitUp 2021 Creative Contest will be announce on Wednesday, April 28 at the conclusion of the keynote author talk with Nicola Yoon. 

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Keynote Speaker: Nicola Yoon

Featured Author: Linda Holmes

Featured Author: S.J. Kincaid

Featured Author: Ryan North

Workshop Speaker: Megan Kaminski

Workshop Speaker: Suzanne Hogan

Workshop Speaker: Stephen Weis

Workshop Speaker: Miranda Asebedo

Workshop Speaker: Megan Bannen

Workshop Speaker: Amanda Sellet

Contest Guidelines

  1. The LitUp Creative Contest recognizes outstanding writing and art created by teens in 7th thru 12th grades. Those under the age of 18 will require parent or guardian permission for inclusion of their submission in the printed LitUp 2021 Anthology.  
  2. Contestants will not only be judge on the quality, originality, and creativity of their works, but also their ability to apply the Perspective theme to their entries.
  3. The LitUp Creative Contest is intended to showcase the works of emerging, amateur writers and artists, and excludes professional writers. For the purposes of this contest, professional writers would be those who have been paid for three (3) works in the same category of their submissions to the LitUp 2021 Creative Contest.
  4. MCPL reserves non-exclusive first publication rights for winning pieces published by us in the anthology, but the author is free to use the works as they see fit in the future.
  5. Do NOT put your name on the submitted document. Entries containing names of the entrant will be disqualified.
  6. Fiction and Nonfiction: Maximum word count is 1,500 and minimum word count is 500 with a maximum of three works per writer in each of these categories.
  7. Poetry should be submitted with one poem per submission with a maximum of five poems per writer.
  8. Visual Art submissions can be illustrations, comics, or other works of graphic storytelling with a maximum of three submissions per artist.
  9. The LitUp Creative Contest cannot accept works previously published in print or electronically. Previously published work will be removed from consideration. (Work published on a personal blog or website will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) 
  10. Submission to the LitUp Creative Contest does not guarantee acceptance into the anthology. Qualifying entries will be judged and contestants will be informed as to whether or not their entry(ies) was accepted for publication.  

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