Sunday “Young Visitor” competition open to high school writers

BALTIMORE— What better time than October for a writing competition for a work inspired by Edgar Allan Poe?

Poe Baltimore and the Baltimore National Heritage Area host the second annual Young Saturday ‘Visitor’ Awards. The free competition is open to all student-designers in Maryland who are inspired by the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe.

Submissions must be submitted by Monday, October 31. All media and genres, including digital or web works, are eligible. For more details on the competition and to apply, visit:

In 1833, Edgar Allan Poe submitted a short story to the weekly Baltimore’s Saturday “Visitor” and won the contest, which helped propel her career. The Saturday ‘Visit’ Awards are named after this life-changing experience.

Applicants may submit works in one of two categories: “Adaptations from the life or works of EA Poe” or “Original works inspired by the life and writing of EA Poe”.

Submissions will be evaluated by:

  • Shauntee Daniels, Executive Director, Baltimore National Heritage Area
  • Maya Wilson, educator, Baltimore City Schools and Baltimore National Heritage Area
  • Michael Coleman, Board Member, Poe Baltimore

The category nominees for the Young Saturday ‘Visit’ Awards will be announced on November 30. A winner in each category will be announced Jan. 19 at a special ceremony at Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore, where Poe is buried.

Poe Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to fund, maintain and interpret the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore’s most famous residents.

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The mission of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, a 501(c)(3), is to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore’s historical and cultural heritage and its natural resources for present and future generations.

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