Metaphor Editors' Conference

The editors of Metaphor invite high school students to participate in our annual Metaphor Editors' Conference (MEC) held each spring. Prior to the event, we host a writing contest for students to compete and win cash prizes. During the conference, we host a variety of courses to give students the opportunity to learn more about literary editing, writing and publishing at the collegiate level and beyond. We also host an open mic and a luncheon at the event.

Writing Contest Guidelines

Metaphor accepts submissions in the following categories:

Flash Fiction:

  • Up to two pieces per student
  • 250 to 1,000 words
  • 12 pt., professional font (Times New Roman or similar), double-spaced
  • Submissions should be either Microsoft Word or Open Office format


  • Up to three pieces per student student
  • Pieces must not exceed two pages in length
  • 12 pt., professional font (Times New Roman or similar)
  • Submissions should be either either Microsoft Word or Open Office format

Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be considered.

How to Submit (High School Students)

All submissions to the MEC writing contest are judged by the undergraduate editors on the Metaphor staff. Faculty and staff are not involved in the reading or judging of submissions.

Metaphor will accept MEC submissions via email at Please include all submissions as attachments. The subject line of your email should include the words "MEC Contest" and the genre of your submission (i.e. MEC Contest, poetry).

How to Participate (Teachers/Advisors)

Participating in MEC is by invite only.

If you are a teacher or advisor interested in bringing students to this event, please contact us at Please include the number of students you anticipate bringing, as well as whether or not they will participate in the writing contest in your email.

Please note that we have limited slots open for this event, so we may not be able to accommodate all requests.