Calling all young writers between 12 and 18 years of age!

The Blue Sage Literary Committee is seeking original works of poetry, fiction, prose, and non-fiction for presentation at Garden of Voices. Entries must be submitted via an online form by March 8, 2024. All pieces are limited to 1,000 words and must be read by the writer on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at 4:00pm. Please review the full submission requirements and access the online submission here. Contact the Blue Sage Center at 970-527-7243 for more information.

Literary works for Garden of Voices are selected by a committee of judges who will anonymously score the entries. Judges are volunteers organized by the director of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

Please follow these steps to be considered for the 2024 Garden of Voices:

1. Writers must live in Delta County.

2. Writers must be between 12 and 18 years of age.

3. Submit your original work by Friday, March 8, 2024, at 5pm.

4. All pieces (fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry, etc.) must be a maximum of 1000 words each (the online submission form will not accept more than 1000 words).

5. All poems will be considered individually. If you submit multiple poems, only those that are chosen can be read at the event.

6. Each writer is limited in submitting a maximum of 3 poems or 1 essay or short story.

7. To qualify, you must be able to read your selection the afternoon of Sunday, April 7 at 4 pm. By submitting you are agreeing to be livestreamed and/or recorded.

8. Work should not be too graphic, profane or otherwise inappropriate for young audience members.

9. We prefer unpublished work but will consider published work that has not been previously performed in Delta County.

10. Submit each piece individually using this online form:

11. Blue Sage staff will be available on March 1 to assist you if you need help with the online form.

We look forward to receiving your submissions! Please email any questions to or call 970-527-7243.