The Crossings High School Writing Contest

Bethel College’s literary magazine, The Crossings, will be holding a writing contest for high school juniors and seniors in the following genres: short fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry. Awards are as follows:

The overall winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Bethel College (see terms at the bottom of the page) and a copy of The Crossings print magazine where his/her piece will be published.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd runners-up will each receive a copy of The Crossings print magazine where their pieces will be published.

All winners and honorable mentions will have their pieces published online at

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for this contest is November 1, 2018, at 11:59 PM. No late submissions will be accepted.

All short fiction, non-fiction, and drama pieces should be between 500 and 1200 words. Poetry submissions should be no more than 30 lines. All submissions should be typed in a standard font. Email submissions to with the subject line “High School Writing Contest.” Please include your name, grade, school, email address and phone number as well as the title of the piece and its genre in the body of your email. Submissions should be attached as a .doc or .docx file. All identifying information apart from the title should be left out of the attached file.

Content Agreement

Here at The Crossings, our team of editors work hard to ensure that each piece we post takes seriously the call to explore the human experience. Because of this goal, some posts may contain content, including language, violence, drug use, and other material that sensitive readers might find objectionable or difficult to read. We don’t include this material for the sake of vulgarity or “shock value.” Instead, we believe that it is vital for honest faith to confront difficult realities, and honest art must portray characters and situations in realistic ways. To do any less would be a disservice to the art and to the God who meets people in the midst of even the darkest situations.

Pieces that contain unnecessary, gratuitous, explicit content will not be published in The Crossings—such content is often used simply as a means for entertainment or shock value and does not lead the reader to a greater understanding of God, or a more illuminating view of the human experience. The editors reserve the right to make that determination for each piece that is submitted. We appreciate your understanding in our endeavor to glorify God by bearing his image through the honest creation of art.


Students submitting work to this contest may be added to the mailing list for Bethel College Admissions Office.

Terms of Scholarship

This scholarship is based on full-time attendance at Bethel College. It can be applied to tuition costs only. This scholarship is not renewable or transferable.