The -Ism Youth Files Second Round of Submissions

THE ISM YOUTH FILES SECOND ROUND OF WRITING CONTEST SUBMISSIONS – DUE MARCH 15TH! All youth will be paid!

Send in your youth writing for a new project of youth stories about challenges, hopes and dreams to be included in an e-book, four nationally distributed 30-minute podcasts and short form films! The Peabody award-winning multicultural and multi-discipline production organization MediaRites is launching ROUND TWO of our submissions for a project responding to the isolation of youth, life challenges and its effect on youth mental health and well-being in BIPOC and disability communities (suggested ages 10-21).

The ISM Youth Files is looking for personal essays, monologues, poetry and short graphic novelettes for 1) an e-book collection o, 2) four 30-minute podcasts of youth stories, interviews and performances and 3) 2-3 minute films of performed poetry with movement. The e-book, podcast and films will be distributed free.

Youth can submit a piece they’ve already written or use the following prompts to create a new piece:

What does it feel like when you feel connected to others?What makes you feel hope when you feel down?

How do you help a friend or loved one when they face challenges in their lives? What are your wishes for 2022 and why?

We accept submissions from youth around the country with an emphasis on Oregon youth. Each writing submission selected receives an honorarium payment of $100-$300. Additional payment for podcast readings or film appearances!

Deadline – Mar. 15th 2022. Read guidelines or submit your work here. 

The ISM Youth Files project is led by Dmae Lo Roberts, a two-time Peabody award-winning documentary producer, filmmaker and writer and the executive producer of MediaRites. Samson Syharath, a Portland theater artist, playwright and educator is the associate producer.