First Draft

Want some constructive feedback on your writing? Try First Draft, our writing resource for authors-to-be! Simply submit your fiction stories and personal essays, and we'll offer comments and suggestions to cultivate your creative voice!

Intended for youth up to age 17
Submission required, no fee

Submission Guidelines
  • We accept fiction stories and personal essays. No college essays, academic, poetry, or school assignments please
  • Works cannot exceed 1,500 words (i.e. don't send us your five chapter story, just send one chapter at a time)
  • Submissions are accepted in e-mail text fields ONLY. No attachments or file shares
  • Use a standard font: Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri
  • When submitting include title, first name, and your age
  • First Draft is a program for youth up to age 17
  • Please wait until a pending writing piece has been returned before sending a new one

Ready to submit your work? E-mail: [email protected]

Per Princeton University policy, please make sure your parent or legal guardian is copied on all email correspondence

“A good editor doesn't rewrite words, she rewires synapses.” - S. Kelley Harrel