The Rising Voices Collective is a network of high school students whom Novelly has identified as being in the Top 50 promising young writer-advocates across the country. Members of the collective have the opportunity to receive mentorship, connect with our professional Author’s Network, and regularly publish their work.

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A mentorship opportunity for high school fiction writers.

Open Call Status: CLOSED

The Rising Voices Collective opens new calls for submissions twice a year. Novelly may also reach out to writers directly if they have been identified as meeting the standards for the Collective.

Collective Requirements

  • Members must be writer-advocates who are dedicated to sharing stories that highlight themes of race, gender, and sexuality.
  • Members must be high school students between the ages of 15-18 years old.
  • Members must commit to attending RVC programming and mentorship for 1 semester.Members must commit to producing at least one 5,000-word work of fiction in order to be initiated into the Rising Voices Collective.
  • Members must commit to attending RVC programming and mentorship for 1 semester.
  • Members must be willing to participate in a mini “press tour” after their work is published.
Applications Closed

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What is a Writer-Advocate?

Novelly defines a writer-advocate as someone who is committed to starting courageous conversations through the power of their storytelling. Writer-advocates at Novelly are young people who are passionate about using their talent and skill for writing and storytelling in order to make a marked difference in the way we view, discuss, and understand identity-based social issues such as race, gender, and sexuality. Writer-advocates believe that we can promote change through the stories we share.

What Can I Gain From Joining the Collective?

By joining the Rising Voices Collective, you will:

  • Gain the opportunity to have your writing published, promoted, and utilized by other young people as the basis for their conversations around social justice.
  • Be paired with a mentor who will advocate for your writing.
  • Receive opportunities to mentor and lead in a community of like-minded peers and aspiring young writers.
  • Be publicly listed as one of the Top 50 young writer-advocates in the United States
  • Gain opportunities to personally connect with published authors in Novelly’s Author’s Network
  • Receive free, priority attendance to all Novelly writing-related and social impact-related events and workshops.

How To Apply

Any student between 15-18 years old is welcome to apply to the Rising Voices Collective during our open call submission windows.

To Apply You Must:

  • Submit a summary and brief outline of your story broken into 10 “chapters”
  • NOTE: You will write 1 chapter per week during the program
  • Submit the first 500 words (the first chapter) of your story
  • Commit to finishing a 5,000 word short story before the end of the program
  • Commit to the full 12-week program

Notice of Acceptance

Writers who have been identified and accepted to begin the Rising Voices Collective programming will be contacted.