First Draft

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

We can send you your edits via email, or you can meet your editor in One to One, our Zoom sessions designed to discuss and cultivate your creative voice!

Recommended for ages 9 - 17 
Submission required, no fee

Submission Guidelines

  • We accept creative writing, short fiction, and personal essays. 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 and One to One 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