Community Outreach

Note: Due to recent campus and community updates, the CWC will be closed for the duration of Spring 2020 semester. We will reopen sometime in Summer 2020.

The UVU Community Writing Center (CWC), located at the Orem Public Library is a FREE resource provided to Utah Valley. We aim to service the civic and professional needs of writers throughout Utah Valley with face-to-face coaching, composition workshops, handouts, and generalized writing practice. Writing coaches are available to assist with any part of the writing process.


The CWC is home to the Write Outside Yourself Journal and a co-host for the UVU Conference on Writing for Social Change.

Write Outside Yourself Journal


2019-2020 Theme: Voyage and Adventure

The Utah Valley University & Community Writing Centers are accepting submissions for Vol. VII of Write Outside Yourself. Student writers in Utah junior high/middle or high schools may submit original works of writing for a chance to be guided through the publishing process, published in a print and online journal, and recognized at a celebration in June 2020. Authors whose stories are accepted will receive copies of the journal and are eligible to receive additional honors celebrating the merit of their newly published works.


Submission Deadline: February 16th, 2020


This year, the Write Outside Yourself  theme is “Voyage and Adventure,” stories and poetry about eminent explorers and dungeon delvers, gatherers of artifacts, settlers of new lands, heroes chasing glory, or villains seeking grand power.

Whether your piece is about a roguish pirate sailing the Seven Seas or an astronaut discovering the wonders of distant stars, these stories should capture the essence of adventuring into the unknown and overcoming obstacles large and small.

Perhaps your character is a young farmer taking up a sword and setting out to catalog the kingdom’s creatures and lands. Or your poem could be an epic tale of an opportunistic villain in the Wild West riding out from town to rob a train. Your story could feature a team of intrepid archaeologists descending into the earth in search of evidence of prehistoric life, despite rumors of clever traps and ancient curses.

Stories and poems can be fantasy, science fiction, realism, or anything in between, as long as they fit the theme. Pieces can feature original characters or real figures from the past and/or present.


However, fanfiction or pieces featuring fictional characters from other published works will not be considered for publication.

Looking for Inspiration?


Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Hatchet, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Life of Pi, Dune, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Around the World in 80 Days, The Call of the Wild, Watership Down, The Swiss Family Robinson, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Dracula, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Prydain, Sword in the Stone, Into the Wild, Travels with Charley in Search of America, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chronicles of Narnia, Redwall, Moby Dick, Where the Wild Things Are, A Wrinkle in Time, Holes



“The Iliad and The Odyssey” by Homer, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Coleridge, “Song of the Open Road” by Whitman, “The Road Not Taken” by Frost, “The Hunting of the Snark” by Carroll, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by Eliot




Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Avengers, Back to the Future, Star Wars, The Mummy, Star Trek, The Princess Bride, National Treasure, The Lion King, Stardust, Up, Robin Hood, King Kong, Cast Away, The Mask of Zorro, Toy Story, Howl’s Moving Castle, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Big Fish, The Jungle Book, The Martian, The Magnificent Seven



Star Trek, Supernatural, Stargate, The Dark Crystal, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Doctor Who, Adventure Time, Once Upon a Time, Sherlock, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Samurai Jack, How to Train Your Dragon, The Addams Family, Steven Universe, The Dragon Prince, Carmen Sandiego, Voltron: Legendary Defender, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Video Games:

Horizon Zero Dawn, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Red Dead Redemption 2, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Stardew Valley, The Legend of Zelda, Uncharted, Minecraft, Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim



“Go where you feel most alive.”

“Life is short and the world is wide.”

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”


Submission Guidelines

  • Authors must be middle/junior high or high school students and live in Utah.
  • Submissions must be original; fan fiction is not allowed (no Harry Potter or Disney spin-offs).
  • Content must be appropriate for a young adult audience.
  • Submissions cannot exceed 15 typed, double-spaced pages.
  • Entries must fit within the contest theme.
  • Work must be submitted online by the due date.


Entries are due at 11:59 p.m. on February 16th, 2020. Submissions will be judged in a double-blind reading by a panel of Writing Center staff, and notice of publication will be emailed on March 1st, 2020.


Note to Authors

If your work is selected for publication, you must attend at least one revision session (via phone, Skype, or face-to-face) with a Writing Center tutor. We offer an optional second revision session, The Story Exchange, where you can meet with other authors, exchange stories, and provide/receive feedback. Finally, we will ask you to submit a finalized draft of the entry for typesetting and publication.

These revision sessions help assure that we print the best version of your submission. Failure to attend the mandatory revision session will result in your entry being removed from the published journal. Additional details will be provided to each author in the notice of publication.


 Contest Timeline

Like writing, publishing is a process. The following timeline will be used for the 2019-2020 publication:

March 1st-31st   

Author Edits & Revision Sessions

April 4th

Story Exchange

 May 2nd

Final Edits Due


Calendar will be updated with additional information throughout the Contest Timeline. 


Write Outside Yourself Submission Form

Journal Archive

Print copies of the Write Outside Yourself Journal are available for check-out at the Utah Valley University Library. Authors may search for their volume by their name, entry title, or journal title. Access to the electronic copies are provided below: