Welcome to The Apprentice Writer, which annually features the best writing and illustrations from entries we receive each year from secondary schools throughout the United States.  Every September we send copies printed as a public service by The Daily Item in Sunbury, PA to approximately 3,000 schools.

Susquehanna’s Creative Writing major now enrolls over 160 undergraduate students who are taught primarily by six widely-published writers.  The Writers Institute also hosts Creative Writing Day once a year, a day of readings and workshops, giving high school students the opportunity to experience creative writing in college.

If you are interested in learning more about the creative writing major and programs related to writing sponsored by the Writers Institute, visit the Writers Institute at www.susqu.edu/creativewriting.


Susquehanna University and the Writers Institute invite high school students to submit fiction, memoir, personal essay, photography, and or poetry for the Thirty-fifth volume of The Apprentice Writer, which will be published during the fall of 2018.

This year, we are excited to announce that selected writers will be chosen, by a published author, to receive one of four prizes. A $200 prize will be awarded for Outstanding Writer, in both poetry and prose, as well as $50 for the runner-up, in both poetry and prose.

Accepted poets, writers, and photographers come from an impressive variety of backgrounds spanning the globe.

The Apprentice Writer is now online as well as in print.  View this year’s issue here: Volume 35.

To submit your work for the 2018 edition, click here to learn how.  Please be sure that you have carefully read and followed our Submission Guidelines before submitting your work for consideration.

If you would like to share this opportunity with someone you know, feel free to print or forward our AW 2018 Call for Submissions flyer.

Please contact Codie Nevil Sauers at nevil@susqu.edu if you have any questions about The Apprentice Writer.

Submission Dates: January 1 through March 15, 2018
Acceptance announcements will be emailed by May 15, 2018
Publication and distribution: August/September 2018