Write Rhode Island 2018

Short Fiction Competition




School One and Goat Hill are pleased to announce the 2018 Write Rhode Island Competition with the aim to engage students in grades 7-12 in creative writing. Eligible entries should be a short work of fiction incorporating Rhode Island as a theme.

Competition Rules

1. Each entry must be an original and unpublished work.
2. Limit one entry per person.
3. Please limit entries to 2500 words or less.
4. Entries must be received by midnight on December 10, 2017.
5. All submissions must be the written work of Rhode Island residents or students currently enrolled in Rhode Island schools in grades 7 through 12 or equivalent for the 2017-2018 academic year.
6. Entries must be submitted electronically (see further instructions under How to Enter). All entries must be submitted through Submittable. Submittable is an online platform. There is no fee for entering. Students who do not have personal computers can visit any public library to use a library computer to enter.
7. All entrants will be emailed a list of the winners and an invitation to the awards ceremony.
8. Entries will not be critiqued.
9. Copyright of entries is retained by the writer, but the submitted copies of the entries shall become the property of Write Rhode Island. Write Rhode Island shall be granted rights, free of charge, to display, publish and otherwise use (in print and on the Internet) the submitted work as well as the first and last name and age/grade of each winner.
10. Entries should not contain any personally identifiable information. Do not include your name on the pages on your story.


Write Rhode Island submissions open November 15-December 10, 2017. All entries will be submitted through Submittable. Submit Your Story!


All submissions must be received by midnight on Sunday, December 10, 2017.


All stories will be judged by a panel of authors, educators and community members.

Write Rhode Island Facebook page.

Write Rhode Island 2016-2017

With stiff competition from more than 100 story submissions from across the state, School One along and Goat Hill, along with a group of judges, honored the winning students at the Newport Art Museum on Sunday, March 26, 2017.


Write Rhode Island 2016-2017

A short fiction competition for Rhode Island students in grades 8 through 12 sponsored by School One and Goat Hill!

First, a little history.....

School One is a small, progressive, independent high school on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. We serve students with diverse backgrounds within a vibrant, safe and inclusive community. Our graduates successfully navigate the academic demands of competitive colleges and art schools.

School One’s curriculum spurs love of learning and self expression. Our accepting community and our advising system provide support, guidance and inspiration. Our tuition is affordable relative to local private schools and we offer generous financial aid.

Goat Hill, is the coming together of three Providence writers -Ann Hood, Hester Kaplan and Taylor Polites, to produce literary events throughout Rhode Island. With years of teaching writing at all levels, and with many published books, awards, and fellowships between them, Ann Hood, Hester Kaplan, and Taylor Polites are experienced professional writers with long-time associations with publishers, editors, agents, MFA programs, magazines and literary journals, and writing conferences. They have edited and appeared in anthologies, run conferences, retreats, and MFA programs, and participated as judges in a number of competitions.

Goat Hill also hosts a variety of writing workshops, and offers one-on-one coaching sessions. Goat Hill is committed to supporting and engaging writers and readers in the vibrant literary life of the state through innovative programming and outreach. http://www.goathillwriters.com/

School One and Goat Hill have something in common:

We know that students' passion and interests of any student is at the heart of their connection to literature. Our aim is to encourage students to become better writers and to provide an opportunity for them to develop their own voices. We were inspired to create an opportunity for all Rhode Island teens, not just those who attend School One, to write creatively, express themselves and share their perspectives of the larger world. Thus Write Rhode Island was hatched.

Write Rhode Island had an amazing year...

We partnered with 20 libraries, schools and organizations, allowing us to reach students across Rhode Island.

We published 18 Rhode Island students in the Write Rhode Island Anthology.

We hosted 35 creative writing workshops to encourage teens to take part in our program.

To purchase the Write Rhode Island Anthology please contact or to request more information, please contact Diana Champa at School One, 401-331-2497 or dianac@school-one.org.

Write Rhode Island Links


2016-2017 Guidelines

 2016-2017 Meet the writers

2016-2017 List of creative writing workshops





Write Rhode Island Workshops


September 2017

• September 13, 20 & 27th at 6pm Cranston Public Library.

• Saturday, September 23rd at 5pm, Barnes & Noble Warwick Teen Book Fest.

• September 23rd & October 3rd, Chariho High School.

• September 27th 4:30-6pm, School One in Providence. The Art of Storytelling teacher training workshop for RI educators. Registration required.

October 2017

• October 5th at 2:30pm, Marianne Mohr Public Library (Johnston).

• October 14th at 1pm & 3pm, Write Rhode Island at The RI Festival of Children’s Books and Authors at Lincoln School in Providence.

 • October 23rd at ENRICHri, Coventry.

• October 16th & 18th, 23rd & 25th, 3-5pm. On the Rhode Creative Writing Program at Providence Public Library, Contact the teen librarian at PPL.

• October 17th at 6:30pm, Rogers Free Library in Bristol.

• October 21st at 2pm, Cumberland Public Library.

• October 22, 29 and November 5th 1-3pm, Newport Art Museum will host Sunday afternoon Write Rhode Island.

• October 28th at 3pm, Write Rhode Island at The Ocean State Writing Conference at URI, Kingston.

• October 28th 2-3:30pm, Weaver Library, East Providence.

November 2017

• November 1st, Shea High School, Pawtucket.

• PauL Cuffee, Providence, November TBD.

• Thursday, November 2, 9 & 16th at 6:30pm, Barrington Public Library.

• November 15th, Wanskuck Library, Providence.