First Draft

Want some constructive feedback on your writing? Try First Draft, our writing resource for authors-to-be! Simply submit your creative writing and short fiction stories via e-mail, and we'll offer comments and suggestions.

Recommended for ages 9 - 17 
Submission required, no fee

Submission Guidelines 

  • We accept creative writing and short fiction stories. No college essays, academic, 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 children and teens. The recommended age is 9 - 17
  • Please wait until a pending writing piece has been returned before sending a new one

Ready to submit your work? E-mail: danas@princeton.edu

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